SASE National Conference


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The University of Dayton SASE Chapter was founded in 2014 by a team of four international graduate students. At an institution that is only 1.5% Asian/Asian American, one wouldn't think that an organization like SASE would make it very far. However, the chapter has defied the odds and won Runner Up Outstanding New Chapter Inspire Award in 2014, and continues to shape lives of members and the community today.

UD SASE holds several professional development workshops throughout the year, where members can build professional skills and network with different companies. Each workshop covers a different topic. This past year, our workshops included "Networking for Shy People", "Industry vs. Research", and "Conquering Different Types of Interviews." Companies that have collaborated and sponsored our events include: GE Aviation, Emerson Climate Technologies, Silfex, Inc., and P&G.

We celebrate diversity by holding collaborative events with other organizations and supporting each others events throughout the year. This past spring, we co-hosted an End of the Year Picnic with the Society of Women Engineers, and sponsored a Global Game Night with the Center for International Programs.

Our greatest contribution to our local community has been our partnership with Hannah's Treasure Chest, a nonprofit organization that provides underprivileged families in the Greater Dayton area clothes, diapers, hygiene products, and toys. We volunteered at their warehouse during SASEweek's Community Service Weekend by organizing donations and care packages. In addition, we are assisting with their teddy bear project, where we sew and stuff handmade teddy bears that will go to families with infants.

Of course, our favorite events of the year are National and Regional Conference. Last year, UD SASE took 8 members to Dallas and this year we are bringing 12 people to Chicago. The conference experience is the often the main contributor towards developing SASE passion in our members. The Collegiate Leadership Workshop has allowed our executive board members to meet with leaders from other chapters and share ideas about growing and improving our chapters. After conference, the participants share their experiences at the following General Body Meeting and encourage new members to attend the next conference.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

Our chapter empowers our members by encouraging them to use their unique talents to benefit the community around us. We are proud to have the most diverse membership body out of any other STEM organization on campus: we have strong representation from both domestic and international students, undergraduate and graduate students, and members of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. We proudly support #SASEfam and welcome diverse leadership styles and viewpoints to accomplish our common goal of supporting AAPI in STEM. Our professional development events, cultural programs, and volunteer outreach/service projects allow endless opportunities for members to build their skills and be leaders in the community. Our immense passion and #SASEspirit is infectious.

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SASE-Texas A&M Chapter started when MinhTuan Nguyen and Ivan Gomez were inspired by the mission of SASE. The chapter started out without many sponsors and only 10 officers were able to attend National Conference. Since then, we were able to bring a record of 69 members to National Conference last year. We currently have various company sponsors. We grew from 10 members to 30 members to over 70 paid members now. Programs such as workshops on professional development, mentorship, and committees has formed since then. We have also been awarded the Most Outstanding Organization by the Asian President's Council for two consecutive years. We have also been able to give back to the local community such as making blankets for the Aggieland Humane Society and donating toys to Scotty's House. As we grew we faced many success and challenges. The greatest success and challenge that our chapter has faced was hosting our first ever Regional Conference. It was the largest event that we hosted, and it was the most stressful. There were a lot of logisitics to figure out, and there were uncertainties coming from sponsors. We overcame it, and it was a great success with record attendance from all schools! As our chapter continues to grow, this year Texas A&M chapter is offering scholarships to attend National Conference to empower new members to attend and develop new skills. National Conference offers various events such as resume reviews, hackathon, workshops, and more. From attending the collegiate leadership workshop, our chapter leaders have been able to form closer bonds with other chapter leaders to discuss struggles and develop new ideas to grow the chapter.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

As our chapter continues to grow, we want to continue to empower our members with soft skills and leadership skills. After they develop these soft skills and leadership skills, we hope they pass it on and utilize these skills to make a difference in the community.

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06 Allan Xu

Major: Legal Studies and Marketing
School: Drexel University

In freshman year of college, Keith asked me to join the organization as a Public Relations Chair. It was from then on that I would start a long adventure on the board of SASE. As the Vice President, the best part of my chapter is the ability to grow. I have seen it begin small, but slowly my family grew into one of the strongest SASE chapters on the east coast. When I am not with the SASE fam, I am working hard on my business and real estate. I do too much, ask the people in our chapter or visit Philadelphia.

My fondest memory at SASE NC is meeting all of the people there. It is a way for some students to light up new paths for themselves especially when they are confused themselves. Others are in the same spot, and discussing with them can help guide you. Then there is the after party and festivities that I like to enjoy immensely. My network is very large allowing me to talk and hang out with many people everywhere.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

My family and food empower me to work hard and be cheerful. You can’t get your mom to make you food if you don’t say the occasional “thanks mom, I love ya”. With a positive outlook on life, I hope to pass this same outlook to others, enabling them to work hard and be positive through their life time. I think I am happier to see that I make others happy than almost anything else.


14 Ashwin Malik

Position: CTO
Company: Multiply Technology

I first joined SASE on a whim; having received a flyer on professional development at a student organization fair on campus, I attended the first general meeting and accidentally entered the executive board ‘trainee’ program. What followed were 5 roller coaster years of fun with SASE Purdue and subsequently, SASE at a national level.

This will mark my 10th SASE conference and 5th National Conference. Do you remember your first, when you walked through the doors to discover a world of opportunity and a family of connections awaiting you? Do you remember driving overnight and cramming into a single room thanks to a college budget? Do you remember the group hugs and the legendary “SASEbabies” speech? I remember these details, and every year I return for the friends and experiences both new and old.

In 2016, I had the great honor of being nominated for the SASE JCPenney Role Model Contest. I placed in the Top 5, modeled in JCPenney’s ‘Styled for Success’ workshop, and received a full set of professional clothing, from the suit down to the shoes. At a low point when I couldn’t afford a new suit, receiving one thanks to the support of the #SASEfam was profoundly humbling. SASE continues to reward me in ways I could never anticipate, and that is why I continue to give back to SASE.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

I am empowered by the people around me; my friends (more like family) who support, push, and inspire me to greater heights. In return, I offer an ear, a shoulder, a hand; words of encouragement or a kick to the keister. There is no greater pleasure than watching a person achieve the success that they deserve.


19 Anthony Zayas

Major: Aeronautical Engineering
School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Having transferred to a prestigious school like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SASE was actually the first club I checked out. I actually took the initiative to do research before even starting my time at RPI. During the summer I searched on Facebook for an organization that values diversity in Asian culture and the STEM field. I stumbled upon SASE and was excited to see that RPI has a chapter. I directly messaged the president at the time (Alexander Yin, shout out!) and asked about SASE and what members strive to achieve by being part of it. One highlight that Alex pointed out was the national conference. I was thrilled to hear about this opportunity since it offers networking with other chapters and talking to recruiters about internships/full-time positions in STEM at great companies. About a couple weeks before I even moved to RPI, I already committed to attend the conference.

The conference itself was amazing, I attended both 2015 and 2016 in Houston and Dallas, respectively. What I got out of those conferences were many memorable moments that include exploring new cities with fellow members, connecting with recruiters, and honing my soft skills that are applicable to giving a 60 second pitch, making myself stand out from competitors, and what it takes to be a leader in any scenario.

Aside from the national conference, I was able to gain leadership experience through RPI's SASE chapter. I got involved in supporting our school's career center on hosting their annual spring career fair. My roles in the first career fair revolved around advertising the career fair through various forms of social media. The second time I served as co-chair and helped ensure that the career fair was a success in various aspects through the committees we had, as well as recruiting volunteers for setting up and closing up the career fair.

Having graduated this past May I'm grateful for the opportunities SASE has given me. I hope to give back and possibly take on volunteer positions in my current region (Northeast) someday. It's something that I highly encourage students to invest time in outside of classes.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

One thing that empowers me is taking advantage of the opportunities that pop up in the path I take after college. There are so many paths one can take in life, school just isn't the only place to learn. Whether it's getting involved in volunteering, internships, and various projects outside of school, it's a habit that just goes on. My way of empowering others is to tell them that not knowing what you want to do isn't a bad thing. It's all part of the journey!


15 Tien Duong

Major: Industrial Engineering
School: Texas A&M University

Joined SASE on a whim 4 years ago and did stuffs. Somehow ended up moving through the organization in different volunteering roles and met some of the most incredible people in the process. When I was at my lowest, I leaned on SASE and the community is what kept me going. I wouldn't say I'm a success just yet, but I can confidently say that I am ten times better than the individual I was 4 years ago and it's thanks to all the opportunities I took in SASE. #SASEandI

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

I am empowered by believing that I can do ANYTHING and by having the support of the SASEfam. I hope to empower others by inspiring them to see themselves in the brightest of lights and at the highest of mountains.


11 Alex Chen

Major: Materials Science and Engineering
School: Carnegie Mellon University

SASE, by far, is a people organization. This is something that you come to realize after spending time and getting to know others in your chapter, in other chapters, and in your professional interactions. SASE empowered me to realize that this familiarity and people-centered attitude toward relationships extends to everything, especially beyond college. When I first joined, I viewed SASE transactionally; If I join, what professional help can SASE provide me? However, I realized that the true value SASE offers you is through the relationships you forge. I’ve picked up countless mentors, close friends, and professional help, and very rarely has it come from a workshop. (Of course, workshops are very informational and I’m not saying to forget about them) What SASE has empowered me to do is see the world from a different perspective. It has allowed me to broaden my view on the term network, such that our entire world is shaped by relationships, big and small. It has taught me to treat individuals with respect, as everyone you meet has a different story to tell, and a whole life you don’t know about. And lastly, SASE has taught me to enjoy the little things, as this will often be the biggest takeaways you will experience.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

I'm empowered by listening. I empower others by encouraging them to lead by example, for a leader is not always the one yelling orders to people.


12 Joseph Thai

Major: Chemical Engineering
School: NC State University

I joined SASE by starting a chapter at NCSU. Initially it was because I had free time and I thought it would look good on my resume. After starting the chapter with a few other board members, I took on the role as president and quickly realized the benefits of SASE for students and professionals. I met so many inspiring, ambitious, and hard working individuals; many that became good friends and team members! The best part about being a chapter president was being able to develop my leadership skills while also investing in my board and chapter and helping chapter members develop their personal and professional brand. I gotta say, the SASEfam is awesome and definitely one of the biggest motivators to grind harder to accomplish my goals.

When I'm not hanging out with SASEfam I'm playing ultimate frisbee, eating new food, or typing up some SASE emails.

At my first SASE NC (Houston 2015) I met some friends who I still talk with daily and mean a lot to me! I always look forward to catching up with that at conference.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

I am empowered by the other SASE leaders I work with. Experiencing their ambition and drive to push SASE higher empowers me to also grind through work, meetings, and assignments so that I can also contribute to the bigger SASEfam.

I try to empower others by helping them realize their capable of far more than they give themselves credit for. A lot of college students just need to step out and take that first step, initiate that conversation, or send that email. I try to empower others to take that leap into the unknown and even if the first attempt isn't fruitful, they at least learned something. I try to help people understand that failure isn't the end of the world because it happens.


22 Loc Ho

Major: Aerospace Engineering
School: University of Arizona

My fondest memory from SASE National Conferences is attending the 2014 SASE National Conference in Philadelphia. In addition to the first SASE conference I attended, it was also the first professional conference of any sort that I attended. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by people that not only shared common interests with me but people that I could bond with on an even deeper level owing to our shared experiences being Asian American as well. I was able to make many friends and became more motivated to work hard after seeing so many people working towards the same goals as me.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

Ever since I was little, I dreamed of becoming an engineer. Chasing this dream has empowered me by giving me motivation and courage to do things that I would not have done otherwise. I try to empower others by trying to help them when they have an obstacle they need to clear.


16 Daniel Allison

Major: Industrial Engineering
School: University of Pittsburgh

They don’t understand my story. I grew up in a low income, drug infested area with no father. I beat the odds, avoided jail and made it out. But, how? Education! Unwavering support from my mother empowered me to build a better life for us. Ever since I can remember, my mom told me that I would focus on my studies and go to college one day. Growing up with a single mother wasn’t easy. Looking back at it, I wouldn’t change it for the world because it made me into the man I am today. I was always at the top of my class. I studied diligently through high school and graduated 7th out of 250 students. I also won most involved by being a leader in a plethora of activities. This included being the golf team captain, drumline captain, class treasurer, FCCLA, and Key Club.

After graduation, I continued my education at the University of Pittsburgh. I chose this school because it was the best opportunity to grow as an individual, and it was far from home lol. The engineering program drew my attention, but the atmosphere made me want to never leave. Just like most students, I struggled through my first year. I questioned if I wanted to continue with engineering, but then I found SASE. SASE provided me with support from like-minded individuals and inspired me to keep going! The club provided me with an opportunity to develop leadership skills as the Business manager. I focused on securing funds so we could send as many students to regional and national conferences as possible. Despite my efforts, I never attended a conference. That was, until the 2016 national conference in Dallas.

Attending this conference was a great stepping stone. Networking and attending seminars provided a thrill to me like I was riding the biggest rollercoaster in the world. The conference landed in October 2016 and the final semester of my college career. After completing a co-op at General Electric, I was eager to pursue opportunities with the many companies at the Career Fair. Others went out and enjoyed the city, but I stayed in and focused on the task at hand. Then the day came, and I networked my ass off. I had a great interview with ITW, spoke with every company that I planned, and even waited 2 hours in line to talk with Lockheed Martin! Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. SASE is great because it’s not about race. We all come from different walks of life and empower each other to do better things. I work at Pepsi in Toledo, Ohio now, but when my chapter reached out to write this testament, there was no hesitation. They had my back, so I have their back. And that’s for life!

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

Being in SASE allowed me to be inspired while do some inspiring at the same time. Great role models like Linda Zheng, Kerriane Chen, and Preethi Sankaran trusted me to be on their SASE executive board. I enjoyed working with them every day to build our school’s chapter. They gave me an opportunity to get others involved in regional/national conferences. Ultimately, it allowed me to grow as an individual. Drawing inspiration from them, I continued to inspire the younger members of SASE. I hosted a resume review, gave life advice, and had fun times with many members in our chapter. I grew up as an only child and SASE made me feel like I had sibling on the same mission as me. Moving forward, I will always be a resource for my chapter. I look forward to staying in touch with all that I’ve met along the way, and look forward to meeting many more of you. SASE doesn’t end when you leave campus and there is a comforting feeling in that. Self-Improvement never ends and the conferences always offer a chance to get out of your bubble and grow. With that being said, thank you for this opportunity. See you at a conference somewhere, sometime soon!


10 Linda Zheng

Major: Microbiology & Economics
School: University of Pittsburgh

I joined SASE my sophomore year when my roommate, Preethi Sankaran, and I suddenly realized that we weren't seriously a part of any extracurriculars. Upon joining SASE and getting drawn in by my chapter's amazing members, I quickly found myself elected as Public Relations Chair and then the year after, as President. SASE really drew out of me my inner ability to take charge and lead others. Even after I graduated, I found myself missing SASE and wanting to continue to make connections through it, which led to me applying for and becoming an RMR. SASE has not only been a huge part of helping me figure out who I am, but has also led to me making lifelong friends!

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

Other than SASE, my friends and the people that I have met and worked with throughout my life so far empower me. In turn, I empower others by encouraging them to never let anything hold them back from what they want and deserve.


05 Michael Liu

Major: Computer Science
School: University of Maryland

Coming into a completely new region of the US for an internship, SASE has given me a platform to connect with fellow members and make friends, which has enriched my experience in Alabama.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

The chance to network and make friends with great individuals from unfamiliar areas


13 Stephanie Miller

Major: Chemical Engineering
School: University of Dayton

I got involved in SASE at the end of my sophomore year at college. My mentor Marina was the one who got me involved in SASE. She is such an amazing mentor and friend and she has helped me since I was a baby freshman trying to figure out how to do the whole college thing. She helped me with classes and choosing professors, and would always check up on me to make sure I was doing okay in all aspects of my life. She was such an amazing leader and mentor that I wanted to follow in her footsteps. She told me about how she was President of SASE, and I decided to go to a meeting. I wasn't sure if I would fit in since I have never really embraced my Asian heritage. After attending the meeting I found the club to be diverse, friendly, and fun, and I realized I wanted to be part of it. I decided to run for VP my junior year, and Marina convinced me to go to conference even though I was terrified and incredibly intimidated. She really wanted to share the experience of conference with me, and she finally was able to help me overcome my fears and get me to go to conference. I'm so glad she did, because I had an amazing time at conference, and I think it helped me to grow as a person. I stepped out of my comfort zone, and it payed off. During my fourth year of school, Marina again convinced me to leave my comfort zone, and run for Co-president with another SASE member. Now here I am, a shy awkward girl, who is a Co-president of her school's SASE chapter and looking forward to conference this year. Sometimes one person in your life can make all the difference. Shout-out to Marina for getting me into SASE. LOVE YOU MAMA OL!

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

People and their kindness and support empower me, and I try to empower others through kindness and support as well. I try to be strong for others so that they can be strong themselves.


09 My Lam

Major: Chemical Engineering
School: The University of Oklahoma

As a freshmen, I was meeting all of these amazing student leaders and I can still recall the feeling of being absolutely memorized with how they were able to energize a crowd with just a few words. I remember thinking to myself, "That's gonna be me someday getting in front of everyone."

I didn't exactly know where to start with that goal though. So I figured, just like any other freshmen, that I would literally just go to as many organizational meetings as I could until I connected with the right one. The free food also helped.

A few weeks into school, I ended up at SASE's first general body meeting which featured Pad Thai that year. I don't remember much, other than the fact that the vegetarian Pad Thai was disgusting and that SASE was looking for something called "freshmen representatives". Fast forward a few days and I found myself filling out the application and sending in my resume. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in the interview room, flushed and shaking because I was so nervous. I was wearing this horrible grey button up, a blazer that was too big for me, wrinkly pants, and shoes with heels way too high. I don't know how I got chosen as a freshmen representative that year. But I can honestly say that it was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

After serving as a freshmen rep, I moved on to be the Graphic Designer my sophomore year. It was the first year I attended National Conference. At Nationals, I got recruited by Proctor & Gamble and subsequently had my first summer internship with them. This year, I have the honor of representing Oklahoma's SASE chapter as the president.

It wasn't just the career fair at nationals that brought me back to this organization year after year (though a paid internship was pretty sweet), it was the car rides up to nationals; the late nights spent talking to each other; the random midnight study sessions we had; and all the little jokes made along the way.

SASE has given me the opportunity to cultivate and grow all the characteristics that define a leader. From my first interview where I shook so hard that I nearly cried, all the way to where I am now: leading an exceptional group of young men and women; SASE has been there for me every step of the way. I hope that my passion for this organization will inspire someone to step out of their comfort zone and become a leader the same way I was inspired my freshmen year.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

Growth empowers me. I empower others by giving them encouragement, guidance, and by being someone they can confide in.


08 Benjamin Lieu

Major: Exercise Science
School: Old Dominion University

I began SASE because I find myself to be overly considerate of my peers and I hold myself accountable for what I say. A friend encouraged me to join an organization that I hadn't heard of before. Out of consideration for my friend, I agreed to help her reach her goal and attend a meeting. If I didn't attend the meeting, I would have feel untrustworthy and like a liar, and I cannot tarnish my name by being called an untrustworthy liar. I was reluctant to stay because I was only interested in studying at the time, but it was out of further consideration for my friend that I stayed in SASE to help her achieve whatever it was she wanted to achieve. Despite this, my experience with SASE is worth a lot. I would say the best part about my SASE chapter is everyone's tenacity for preservation. Whenever there was a chance to give up on something, my officers and members would be passionate about not giving up. When I am not with my SASE family, I would spend time alone, read, look at clothes I want to buy online but not buy them because I'm prudent with my money, and learn a language.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

I am driven by purpose. I believe everything should be done with conscious awareness. This is a cause. A deeper meaning to why someone does something. With a powerful purpose, one can transition from passively doing something to actively doing something. I would rather do something because it stands for something in my life rather than doing something because I thought, "Why not?" This is what I try to do for others. I want them to dig deeper inside of themselves and find a reason for why they do something. "Why are you here?" "Why does this bring you joy?"


18 Katerina Wong

Major: Mechanical Engineering
School: University of Minnesota Twin Cities

At the end of my freshman year, I knew three things for certain: I needed new friends, I needed a job, and I needed to find a more free food. Around the end of that semester, I resolved to connect with people in my major. It was around this time that I went to my first SASE event. That year's SASE UMN board was so incredibly close and incredibly knowledgable. The nerd jokes and laughter were endless - and the seemingly instant friendships that came with being on the board were exactly what I was looking for. And, so, I signed up to be on board - new friends in my major? Check.

That year, I made more friends than I had ever expected. The older students on board taught me how to run a student organization, how to plan events, and how to create a close-knit group of people committed to the success of an organization. Through them, I began to understand what my major could give me and where I could go with it. And through them, I found my first summer internship - first engineering job? Check.

After sophomore year, I was SASE-obsessed - obsessed with the SASE family, obsessed with the amazing people I met through SASE, and obsessed with the variety and multitude of professional growth opportunities provided by SASE. I love this group, and I love how I've grown by being a part of SASE. So I stayed on another year - this time as Events Coordinator, a position that made me the person who chooses all the free food for our events - more (and better!) free food? Check.

SASE-nerd forever? Check

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?



07 Kenneth Selby

Major: Mechanical Engineering
School: University of Dayton

I joined SASE because the members showed genuine interest in me and my success. Without my chapter's support, I would have never dreamed of getting out of my comfort zone and becoming a student leader. I believe the genuine interest each of our chapter members have in each other is our strongest asset when it comes to working as a team and reaching our goals.

I have only been a member of SASE since Spring of 2017, so 2017 National Conference will be my first NC experience. I am looking forward to meeting new people at conference.

When I'm not hanging out with my SASE fam, I can be found working on my farm.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

I find the energy built up when working in a group empowering. Especially when we take a step back and look at how we are getting closer to our large goals. I try to empower others by pointing out their strengths, no matter how obvious the recipient thinks the compliment is.


04 Lucy Liu

Major: Rehabilitation Science
School: University of Pittsburgh

Like any other freshman, I was ready to sign up for everything and anything to make sure my resume is jacked up. As I attended SASE first meeting, I innocently also signed the interest form for PR Commitee in hopes to, again, strengthen my resume. Little did I know this became a start of something super special. My first day to my first meeting is unforgettable. I ran all the way down a hill with my gym bag because I came straight from fencing practice. I was the latest one, sweatiest one, and also the worse dress. Funny enough, thanks to my involvement with PR Commitee, it lead me to run for board positions. I was fortunate enough to be Pitt SASE PR chair during the next election. We always had a great time and were a focused group. The best memories were always at National and Regional Conference. You see the SASE community as a whole and then you realize how we are part of a massive organization that promotes professionalism, cultural awareness, leadership, and giving back to the community.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

I am empowered to be better or to always be growing and improving. I don't think we should ever settle to be good or just "ok". We should always want to develop and get better and reach higher for a greater success. One way I empower others is by showing growth myself and to do that I must realize my mistakes and flaws and own them. I always have to keep myself in check and learn how to discipline my mind to never just settle. During my time in SASE it was nothing but just trial and error and learning from our results. There are methods of marketing which works and other methods that don't work, but it's the matter of continuously trying, not giving up, and team work.


03 Angel Chen

Major: Computer Engineering
School: Lehigh University

As I walked into the first general SASE meeting, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Just a few days ago I wrote my contact information at the SASE booth during the Club Expo. SASE seemed like a decent professional club to join that pertained to my major, so I decided to give it a shot. I sat down and listened to to the e-board members introduced themselves and presented what the club had to offer for the next 30 minutes. At the end of the meeting the president announced that the meeting was over and we could leave. I stayed for a little bit chatting with my friend. As we were thinking about leaving, the president came over and pulled up a chair next to us.

“What’s sup freshies? My name is Vincent. How did you think of the presentation? I whipped it up last night in about 20 minutes”, he stated. I was a bit surprised at that moment because I honestly didn’t expect the president of a club randomly come up and talk to me. We struck up a conversation as he asked us about the courses we were taking and the college experience so far. He then invited over some of the other e-board members and introduced them to us (once again). As we talked more and more, I felt welcomed and less nervous. When I finally left the room, I decided to come back for future meetings because I now had a newfound connection.

Through the professional and social events that were planned each month, my passion for SASE grew each time. It was a club that helped you prepare an elevator pitch for the upcoming university career fair or gave you the opportunity to network with a company. Furthermore the warm and nurturing community of our SASE chapter kept on bringing me back. I mean what is the likelihood that your SASE president invites you to go to a chinese buffet with him on Sundays? Pretty rare but we did it often. Fast forwarding to now, I became the Vice President of our SASE chapter, helping plan events and making sure the club runs smoothly.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

SASE empowers me to be more confident in myself. It challenges me to take risks that I would have never done before. Engaging with random people is not a strong point personally but networking with other people through the SASE connection helps me overcome that weakness. There are a lot of nice people out there in the world that are waiting to be talked to. I hope to empower others in the same way SASE has done for me, pushing them out of their comfort zone and in that process become a better self.


02 Denise Pulmano

Major: Mechanical Engineering
School: University of Florida

I joined the UF SASE chapter because everyone was so welcoming to a freshman like me. I ran for Public Relations Officer in Spring 2014 and since then I've been an officer for UF SASE (PR, IVP, President, and now Alumni Chair). The best part about our chapter is that we're always growing, but we'll always be a family. I've met my lifelong friends through SASE and discovered my passion for leadership. When I'm not hanging out with my SASE fam, I'm still hanging out with them online through video games. Shout out to my squad Daniel, Scott and Pat for keeping me company online and Kate for being the best roommate <3

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

You never know someone's full story or what they've been through, you usually only see their success. I've been privileged to get to know some of SASE's very successful members and learn about their failures as well. Knowing people can fail and be successful is what empowers me. There's power in failure and I think that's something everyone should know. I believe I empower people by being transparent about my failures. I share with friends that I'm not the smartest student, but I have a lot of perseverance. With my perseverance, I've experienced success in different forms.


20 Tiger Cheng

Major: Computer Engineering
School: Purdue University

I rememeber vividly the day I stepped into my first SASE callout. I was a freshman and like many new SASE members, I was interested because I fit the [1] Asian, [2] Scientist / Engineer, [3] wanted to get involved developing myself professionally checkboxes. The room was packed - marketing was perhaps a bit to successful as there was an entire row of people completely covered the walls - and they ran through their fancy Prezi presentation. "Cool." I thought, didn't think too much of it at the time. Things changed around when I spoke to my first board member and he just had a field day with my name, hyping it up going "DUDE, that's so AWESOME! This kid's name is TIGER" I get that every so often with a new acquaintance, but not quite to the same degree that Mubin did (those of you who knew him might understand what I mean by that). It was fun. It was welcoming. As the time went by and I came to more events, it was something that really defined the atmosphere of SASE, both on the chapter level and on the national level. As I started attending the regional and national conferences, I saw SASE as a family that deeply cared about its each other members and was always open and friendly to take in someone new. It's a quality that I find incredibly special about this organization that had led me to many longstanding friends and connections and is the reason I stay invested in the organization today - So I may lead and empower the next "generation" of SASE members in their growth as leaders just as the previous generation had done for me.

What empowers you, and how do you empower others?

I'm empowered when I'm needed and empower others by being of support with my knowledge whenever available.