By Randy Bolerjack, WSU Everett

The Society of Women Engineers has selected Kaitlin Ferguson, a Washington State University Everett electrical engineering senior, to receive one of the national association’s Rising Star awards.

Fifteen awards are given annually by Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to celebrate student contributions to the engineering profession, their campus and the community.

Ferguson serves as the SWE president, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers secretary, a Boeing Scholar and a student ambassador at WSU Everett. With other members, she assisted in planning the first student-organized engineering Dinner with Industry event at WSU Everett in the fall. She will accept the award at SWE’s conference in Bellevue in April during a formal awards banquet.

Ferguson held a quality engineering internship at Boeing during the summer, shadowing radio-frequency engineers. She will work full‑time for Boeing as a laser and electro-optical mechanical design engineer upon graduation in the spring, working on military-grade, solid-state lasers.

“I am incredibly honored and grateful for the support from the same community I am passionate to promote,” Ferguson said. “SWE has given me numerous opportunities to excel and has motivated me to work even harder in 2019.”

“Kaitlin exemplifies the leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship of our Washington State University Everett students,” Chancellor Paul Pitre said. “She applies what she has learned for the betterment of her peers and her community. I am incredibly proud of what she has achieved.”


Media Contact:

  • Randy Bolderjack, communications manager, Washington State University Everett, 206‑313‑8668,