SASE first ever GBM

Sat, 2017/09/23

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) Chapter at Illinois Tech hosted its first ever general body meeting on Wednesday, September 20, at the Robert A. Pritzker Science Center during lunchtime.

SASE, founded in November 2007, was established to celebrate Asian heritage in the scientific and engineering professional regime. This organization hence ensures that Asian scientists and engineers can unlock their full potential in their career. SASE develops programs which contribute to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in the competitive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) job market.

Amreen Nasreen, president of SASE, explained the ultimate goals of SASE to TechNews writer Divya Soopal. Together, with an amazing executive member team, Nasreen wishes to adhere to the community’s standards through the programming of different events like career workshops, seminars, and symposia that focus on enhancing the employability of its members by “bolstering the soft skills of our members.” Their future plans include a forum for professional development and connection with entrepreneurial opportunities. Nasreen added “SASE IIT wants to inform the IIT community of contributions and advancements made by Asian heritage scientists and engineers in newsletters and award ceremonies.” A simple idea that the executive members propose is to participate in volunteer work as a group on campus and in Chicago.

Nasreen welcomed a guest speaker: Diana Xu, the Regional Manager of Midwest SASE. Xu did her bachelors in biochemistry and molecular biology, and is currently a graduate student in healthcare administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has been part of SASE for a “long time” and she oversees 16 chapters in the Midwest. She beamingly admitted that westerners refers to her as “Mama Xu.” SASE focuses on 3 main missions: “prepare scientists and engineers for success in the global business world,” “celebrate diversity on campuses,” and “volunteering work for a better community." Xu puts community service close to her heart.

She refered to a 2015 article explaining that many Asian-Americans are not up to the level for seniority positions. The reason? Xu explains that most Asians are largely trained in soft skills and lack leadership skills. SASE, for her, is the perfect blend of professional, cultural, and community. It sharpens professional and leadership skills. Additionally, she strongly urged Illinois Tech students to attend the upcoming SASE national conference, which will be held in Schaumburg, Illinois starting October 12. This 2-day conference will also feature a hackathon, SASEHack, and a social event, SASEBowl. It is the perfect chance to network with potential employers. With approximately 3,000 attendees each year, it is known as the largest career fair in the US.

Those who have signed up for SASE IIT will automatically receive a registration link. Others can email for more information about the registration process. If you have any suggestions or queries, Vice President Ananya Bhattacharya invites you to shoot them a message on their Facebook page: SASE IIT.