March 2017 LCC Coach Spotlight – Breanna Bence

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Hometown, school, degree, location, job, favorite pastime, etc)

Headshot Large.jpgAfter graduating from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) in 2014 with a Mechanical Engineering degree, I now live and work in Alaska. I am a Process Safety / Site Engineer at a gas compression facility for BP. Before Alaska was home though, I grew up moving around the United States. Life as a military brat led to me living in 10 different states by the time I was 20. I absolutely adore traveling and finding adventure. I spend a great deal of my off-time traveling and in the great outdoors. Other hobbies of mine include reading, playing soccer, drinking coffee, and now planning a wedding!

What is your SWEetest memory?

If I had to choose, I would say the WE11 conference in Chicago. It was my sophomore year of college, and my first year as an officer in the WSU SWE section. All of the officers went to the conference, and that weekend had a lasting impact on me. I grew so much professionally and individually as a result of the conference and the other officers – all while having a blast exploring the sites of Chicago!

Share one of your favorite quotes with us.

Hope you don’t mind me sharing two – it’s a tie:

“Great people do things before they are ready. They do things before they know they can do it.” – Amy Poehler

“For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Do you have any tips for the LCC coaches based on your past experience as a SWE LCC coach?

Don’t underestimate the power of a virtual session. Traveling can be difficult and expensive, but we shouldn’t let that stop us from reaching far away sections. I held one using Webex last year and it went really well. Technology was pretty smooth, especially since the section met in a classroom and connected through one computer.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Getting my degree and working in the field. Working in a male dominated and arctic environment has its challenges, but I love it!

Share one of your career goals (professional/collegiate career or in SWE).

One of my professional goals involves having an international role. I want to live and work in regions around the world. I would bring new or specialized skills to the site while learning new concepts myself.


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