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For more than seven decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Their organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.
Olive Salembier was born in 1915 in Victoria, BC, Canada. She graduated from Victoria High School in 1930. Olive studied economics at Victoria College for two years. While she did not have a formal degree in engineering, she became a recognized expert in Packaging Engineering. It was new branch of engineering at the time. She was quoted as saying “I wish I had one, I was an un-willing dropout, where college was concerned, during the depression.” She took numerous seminars and courses over her career to continue to grow as a professional.
Olive packaged everything from homemade pickles to military equipment for Viet Nam. She went through a lot of “popcorn” in her career – before bubble wrap was created. She taught numerous packaging related courses at Purdue University. Also, Olive was President of several packaging companies in Arizona and California in the 1960’s. In the early 70’s, she was a Packaging Engineer Consultant for Escoa Industries, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona. She was working in an almost all male field and so needed persistence as well as knowledge.
Olive was elected national SWE President 1970-72 after having served on numerous committees and the national Executive Committee. At the time SWE had 1200 members throughout the country. She became a senior life member of SWE in 1972.
The scholarship is worth $2,000.