Outstanding Woman in Engineering 2017 Award Winners

This year, five spectacular graduating seniors were recognized as Outstanding Women in Engineering at SWE's Evening with Industry


The winners are (from left to right):

Myra LukensKate CuddingtonKristen Temnyk, Ashley KimKatie Davis,

Meet the Winners

Kate Cuddington

Architectural Engineering

Kate Cuddington is described in a letter of recommendation as “one of those very special students who excels in everything”.  On track to complete her degree in four years, while maintaining a 3.7 GPA, she is currently President and Tour Coordinator for the College of Architecture’s ambassador program and Structural Forum Chair for the Cal Poly Structural Engineering Association of California (SEAOC) student chapter. Last summer, she led the Structural Engineering Students for Humanity (SESH) trip to Nepal to survey and assist in earthquake damage assessment and repair.  In addition to her academic and leadership accomplishments, she is financing a significant portion of her education through scholarships and internships.  

Katie Davis

Computer Science

Katie Davis, according to one of her professors, “has exhibited persistence and technical tenacity in all her courses” and “her work ethic and consistent thirst for technical mastery make her an outstanding student”.  Her  impressive 3.84 GPA shows the truth of these statements.  In addition to having had an internship at Facebook and two internships at Apple, she was chosen to be the Cal Poly lead for an international engineering project for the joint Cal Poly / Harvey Mudd ICEX program. During a month-long research project in Malta, Katie was instrumental in developing software and debugging hardware for the search and mapping of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.  This work captured sonar and video data using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and created 3D visualizations of two World War II shipwrecks for the first time, and has resulted in the submission of two papers. 

Ashley Kim

Civil Engineering

Ashley Kim is a sustainability focused leader whose “contagious enthusiasm, respect for others, and excellent communication skills influence her peers and those around her.”  In addition to serving as President of Cal Poly’s award-winning Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter, she plays the alto sax and is personnel manager for the 220 member Cal Poly marching band, social chair and tour guide for the Engineering Ambassadors, and works to pay for her college education.  She has had impressive internships with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, BKF Engineers, Tetra Tech, and the City of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department.

Myra Lukens

Software Engineering

Myra Lukens has displayed incredible academic excellence with a 3.99 GPA.  Furthermore, she is a friendly and extremely active leader on campus. In addition to serving as the secretary, treasurer and vice president of the student club Women Involved in Software and Hardware (WISH), she was elected as an ASI Board of Directors representative for the College of Engineering for two years, has also she served as the Vice Chair of the ASI Board of Directors, and is a student representative on the Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors.  Finally, Myra also co-created the mobile app Poly Rides to help Cal Poly students by making ridesharing easier.

Kristen Temnyk

Biomedical Engineering

Kristen Temnyk joined a Cal Poly Biomedical Engineering Neurovascular research group as a sophomore, and has been a crucial researcher and leader ever since.  She is described as having “an incredible work ethic” and being “one of the most proactive and self-motivated people her faculty nominator has ever had the pleasure to work with”.  Last year, she worked with another Cal Poly student to perform a pilot study testing Medtronic aneurysm devices in Cal Poly engineered blood vessels.  The pilot study was a success, and caught the eye of a very well-known neurovascular research group at the Mayo Clinic.  This led to the Cal Poly research group becoming collaborators in a large research grant. Now Kristen is leading this new aneurysm work as part of her thesis, as well as traveled to Minnesota last February to teach the researchers at Mayo some of the Cal Poly techniques.