UB engineering student Kayle Chapeton attended the Nasdaq Opening Bell with SWE leadership, including past President Jonna Gerken (left).

All eyes were on University of Bridgeport student Kayle Chapeton ’20 on August 8, when she attended the Nasdaq Opening Bell ceremony.

Chapeton, who is earning a BS in Electrical Engineering, was invited to the electronic exchange as a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) UB chapter. To share in the excitement, she took over the University’s Instagram account, posting live updates as she made her way to Times Square, where The Naz is located.

More than 3,300 stocks trade on the Nasdaq exchange, most of which are in high-tech—think Apple, Microsoft, and Netflix. That prompted Chapeton to remind Instagram followers why SWE was helping to launch the day’s trading.

“Keep in mind that only 13 percent of engineers in the field are women, and that’s not even going into smaller percentages when it comes to women of color, Native Americans, and people of Asian descent,” she said. “So SWE is a great society for people to join because it is a really large advocate for women in engineering.”

Chapeton attended Opening Bell with SWE leadership, including CEO and Executive Director Karen Horting, past President Jonna Gerkin, board members, and engineering students who are members of SWE chapters at other Tri-State universities.

“Engineering can be tough for women so it was great to meet everyone,” Chapeton said after the visit.

Founded in 1950, SWE’s global membership includes 40,000 professionals from 100 engineering- and tech-related sectors and 300 colleges throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu