August – Letter from the President

Hi All,

Welcome to the beginning of FY17.  We have plans for another great year!

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a Life Member of SWE.  I have held several positions for Wichita SWE, but my passion is Outreach.  I am retired from Cessna Aircraft, now Textron Aviation, and like to hang out with technical people.  Because of that, I am also very involved with MakeICT, the Wichita Maker Space.

Be looking for the SWE interest surveys that we send out through email, or hand out at meetings. Please be sure to answer them, so that we can tailor the year to your needs and desires.  Remember that all members are welcome to attend the monthly General Meetings.

The big change to our calendar will be the Engineering EXPO.  It will be held April 29, 2017 instead of in February 2017.  Century II had a mix-up on available dates.  This will be an opportunity to try some new things, so stay tuned.

Looking forward to meet you all,

Barb Davis

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WSU Meeting – Tie-Dye a SWE Shirt

The WSU collegiate section has invited us to join them at their first meeting of this semester on Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00pm at the Beggs Hall Lobby (WSU campus). They will be providing food, and we are invited to join them in tie dying SWE t-shirts! Since this is at 7pm, most of the campus parking lots should be open parking.

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SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award: Allison Wright

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has recognized our very own Allison Wright for her impact on the Society as well as the engineering community with the SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award. Allison will accept the award at SWE’s annual conference, WE16, in Philadelphia, Penn. on Oct. 28, 2016 during the formal awards banquet. The Distinguished New Engineer Awards recognizes Allison for her outstanding technical performance, as well as leadership in professional organizations (SWE) and the community. The award also recognizes Allison Wright’s continuing dedication to SWE’s mission – striving to highlight the impact and importance of women in engineering across the globe, leading by example, and demonstrating that a career in engineering can be a fulfilling, rewarding pursuit for women of any background. “The individuals acknowledged in this year’s awards program have made a significant impact on their community as well as the engineering and technology community as a whole,” said Jessica Rannow, president of SWE. “These leaders are who make it possible to remain a catalyst for change as we work together to empower women in STEM and close the gender gap in engineering.”

Congratulations, Allison!


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Engineering Expo Kickoff Meeting!

WHEN: Monday, August 29rd at 5:30pm

WHERE: PEC (303 S. topeka, Wichita, KS 67202)

RSVPs: Not necessary, but can email to let us know you’ll be coming.

DESCRIPTION:  The Engineering Expo is kicking off planning.  Join us to learn more about the different committees and how you can help with this hands on children’s event.

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FY17 Kickoff Meeting!

The date of this event will be next week on Tuesday, August 23rd.

Join Wichita SWE for FY17 Kickoff Meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:00pm at Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill (222 N Washington Ave, Wichita, KS 67202). Meet new and current members and learn about the exciting events that we have coming up this year. We would love to see you there!

Pizza and appetizers will be provided. The bar and full menu are available for those wishing to order on their own.

Cost: $5 per person (bring a new or potential member and they are free!)

RSVP by Monday, August 22nd at


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WE16 Webinars

SWE has four great webinars for first-timers at WE16, the world’s largest conference of women engineers. Registration is available at the following links:

Webinars are free for SWE members. And don’t forget to register for WE16, Oct. 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.


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2016 Galaxy Forum at the Kansas Cosmosphere

Ad Astra Kansas Foundation is sponsoring our Galaxy Forum 2016 at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson on Saturday, August 13, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  It is free and open to all.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Penny Warren, a K-State alum.  Her topic is “Kepler: A Search for Habitable Planets.”  Hope to see you there!

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SWE Committees

We will be sending out a survey this week asking for volunteers for our committee chairs. If you already know what committees  you are interested in, please let Barb know! You can also talk to her at our first general meeting this Thursday, August 11, 2016. Hope to see you there!

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August General Meeting

Our August General Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11th from 6-7pm at Watermark Books.  Our general meetings are open to everyone; we would love to see you there!

What: August General Meeting
When: Thursday, August 11th from 6-7pm
Where: Watermark Books, 4701 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218

**Watermark Books will not charge us for using a room as long as $25 is purchased from the cafe. If you make a purchase from the cafe, please let them know that you are with the Society of Women Engineers.

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Mini Maker Faire this Saturday July 30-Sunday July 31

Come to Exploration Place this weekend for the 2nd Wichita Mini Maker Faire! There will be projects and demonstrations going on both days and volunteers are needed!

To learn more:

Sign up to volunteer:

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Society of Women Engineers
Wichita Area Section
I005 PO Box 1096
Wichita, KS 67201

Barbara Davis

Ally Hall

Rachel Battershaw

Lynette Kithinji

Section Representative:
Nicole Franken


Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following establishments for providing a location to hold our meetings:

t. - A Tea Bar
Watermark Books & Café
Wichita Water Center