Officers are elected every spring and sworn in at our annual meeting and End of the Year Banquet.
FY 2018 Officers
Rachel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in May 2013, and then transitioned from an intern/co-op position at Spirit AeroSystems to working there full-time as a Composites M&P Engineer. Since her freshman year of college, she was an active member in the WSU collegiate section and served as Treasurer for two years. Rachel joined the Wichita professional SWE section in 2013, served as counselor to the WSU collegiate section and FY17 Secretary and FY18 Vice-President for the Wichita Section.
Vice-President: Jess Stitt
Jess has been an active member of the Society of Women Engineers since college. She joined the Wichita Professional Section in 2009 after graduating from WSU with a degrees in Industrial Engineering and Spanish. She started her career in Lean Manufacturing at Spirit AeroSystems in 2008 and transitioned into a business team role on the KC-46 Tanker program in 2010. Jessica had the opportunity to take an International Assignment with Bombardier Learjet in 2012-2013 and worked with the M&P and NDI Teams at their Queretaro, Mexico facility. In 2014 she returned to work with Spirit AeroSystems, working on the 777X business team. In 2016 she moved into a Systems Engineering role on the 737MAX program. In 2017 she moved into management as an Integrated Product Team Manager for the Boeing 767 sustaining group. In 2019 she changed industries and now works as a Project Manager for EFT Analytics. She has been an active member of the professional section and served as the FY11 Secretary, FY12 VP, iCON14 Volunteer Chair, FY15 Alt Section Rep, FY16, 17, 18 & 19 Engineering Expo Co-Chair, and FY18 Treasurer. Jessica enjoys spending her free time with her nieces and nephew, running, and is passionate about dog rescue.
Secretary: Shaina Shapiro
Shaina graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, she entered the Textron Leadership Development Program, completing 3 job rotations at various Textron companies around the US. She now works as a Flight Test Assistant Manager for Textron Aviation Defense in Wichita, KS.
Shaina became involved with SWE shortly after moving to Wichita in 2015. As a member of the Wichita SWE Section she has supported the Engineering Expo Committee, serving as Venue Chair, and also held the position of Banquet Committee chair for the last three years. She enjoys outreach to introduce young students to engineering and volunteers as a math tutor for Wichita Public Schools. In her free time, Shaina enjoys spending time with family, friends, and visiting the dog park with her dog, Charlie.
Treasurer: Rachael Schwantes
Rachael graduated with a Chemical Engineering Degree from OU after studying in the states of Utah, Hawaii and Oklahoma in effort to gain more knowledge and certifications than any normal person needs to prove to their parents that they were worth the time and energy. She currently works as a process engineer in Newton.
Rachael became involved with Wichita SWE last year after she attended the Christmas Party. She quickly became a very involved part of the Engineering Expo team.