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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iCON17 – St. Louis, MO

The region i conference, iCON17, will be hosted in St. Louis this year February 24-26, 2017.

The Annual Region i Conference supports diversity in STEM, offers networking opportunities, and provides personal, professional, and SWE development. The 2017 conference theme is “Engineer like a Girl”. We want to support the conversation of women in engineering, and discuss the obstacles that women face in the workplace. Recognizing unconscious biases and managing culture change from all levels is a difficult task, but iCON17 strives to give participants the tools to be successful, to provide answers to the hard questions, and to educate the work force about the challenges minorities face in engineering. We will provide the conference attendees with the ability to combat biases and stereotypes, and the confidence to say “I can engineer like a girl”.

For more information and registration refer to the conference website:

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Region i Conference – Call For Speakers Deadline

If you’d like to speak at this year’s region i SWE conference in St. Louis, submit your presentation abstract by October 29th:

The region i conference, icon17, will be hosted in St. Louis this year February 24-26, 2017.

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WE16 Conference

WE16 conference is rapidly approaching! This year, it will be held October 27th-29th in Philadelphia, PA. If you’re planning to attend, please email Rachel at so that we can start compiling a list of section members who are going.

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Supporting your SWE Section

Did you know that you can support your Wichita SWE chapter through shopping at Dillon’s and Amazon Smile? They donate a percentage of the amount that you spend back to Wichita SWE! Even if you have registered your Dillon’s card in the past, you will need to re-register it every year.

Instructions are below:

Amazon Smile:

Any time you’re shopping through Amazon, be sure to support SWE through Amazon Smile! You will have to re-visit this page each time you plan to shop, your selection is not stored with your choice forever. If multiple entries for our section come up, it doesn’t matter which one you pick.

Dillon’s Rewards:

Register your Dillons card at Our NPO number is 53305 or you can search for Society of Women Engineers Wichita Section so your rewards support our section.

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Wine and Webinar

Hi Everyone!

Our first social/professional development event will be coming up this month. On Thursday, September 29th at 6:30pm, we will network and watch a SWE webinar at Shaina’s house. This will also be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share and whatever wine that you would like to drink. RSVP to Shaina at if you are planning to attend. Then, she will send out further information.

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Smithsonian Museum Day is September 24th

Saturday, September 24th is Smithsonian Museum Day. This annual event is a great opportunity for you to go find a museum and visit for free. You can print your ticket out here:

Participating museums are everywhere, here’s the list of places you can print a ticket for in Wichita. You do need to print your ticket in advance:

  • Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
  • Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
  • Wichita Art Museum
  • Museum of World Treasures
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September General Meeting

Our August General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 6-7pm at Watermark Books.  Our general meetings are open to everyone; we would love to see you there!

What: September General Meeting
When: Tuesday, September 13th 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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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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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