Catwalk Coding – Call for Panelist Volunteers

Catwalk Coding is a five day camp in which each of 25 girls creates and codes their own light-up fashion accessories. The camp culminates on with a blinking runway fashion show followed by a panel discussion and Q&A by women in STEM fields.  The camp is looking for some dynamic women in SWE who can attending the fashion show and participate in the panel afterwards. 

Catwalk Coding was created as a means by which to close the gender gap in STEM. By constructing their own illuminating accessory, girls will learn both electrical and coding skills. Girls will get the chance to embrace their inner engineer while satisfying their inner fashionista!

The fashion show and panel take place from 11 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. on July 21st, at RiverWalk Church of Christ, which is located at 2nd and Waco in Wichita.

The camp is seeking inspiring women from SWE who would agree to talk to the girls and participate in the panel.  The goal is to have the girls will re-imagine their own futures and become empowered by local, successful, passionate women in STEM careers. Any STEM job is great – they are looking to get as diverse a group as possible so that the girls can consider many possible avenues. No preparation is needed, plus there will lots of yummy sweet treats afterwards! 

This is a great way to get involved in our community and inspire the younger generation!  If you are willing to participate, please contact Reeny Botros.  Her contact information is below.  

When: July 21st, 11 AM – 12:15 PM
Where: RiverWalk Church of Christ
Contact: Reeny BotrosRazzlemonster@gmail.com

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Letter from the President: Welcome to FY18!

Hello fellow SWE members!

Welcome to the new fiscal year for the Society of Women Engineers Wichita Section!  For those I have yet to meet, my name is Hannah Morris and I am your newly elected president for FY18.  I am very excited to be given the honor of this position and to get our year rolling.

To start, I would like to extend sincere appreciation to the section officers of FY17.  Thank you for all your contributions!

This year, our first task is updating our communication.  The distribution list is getting revamped to keep our communication with our members smooth and organized.  To accomplish this, we are re-introducing Google Groups as the section’s main form of email distribution.  If you are unfamiliar with Google Groups, this is a tool developed to communicate with many people using a single email address.  It is available to users of all domains but an account must be created using your preferred email address.  Our Google Group is titled SWE – Wichita Section.  I have sent invites to join the group to all the emails currently on our distribution list in addition to all registered members of the section.  If you have not received an invite to join the group, please reach out to me so I can resend it.  Once you receive the email, please accept the invitation and set up an account to customize your delivery settings and access features of the group.

Our next order of business is planning our year!  We will be having a planning meeting for FY18 on Saturday, July 15th from 2-4 pm.  This event is open to everyone and will be hosted by Cassie Schroeder (Thank you Cassie!).  If you would like to attend and give your input on events you would like to see the section host this year, please join us and RSVP with this link.  If you are unable to make it but have suggestions for events or topics you would be interested in, please send them to wichitaswe@gmail.com prior to the 15th.

The kickoff meeting is scheduled for August.  We will determine an exact date during our planning meeting on the 15th.  Please keep your eyes open for additional information on this event and plan to attend to see what is in store for this coming SWE year!

I am excited for this year and hope you are too!  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or suggestions at any time.  I look forward to serving you in FY18.

Sincerely,

Hannah Morris
Wichita Section President
Society of Women Engineers
wichitaswe@gmail.com

Posted in From the president, Member News, Other meetings, Section News

Wichita Mini Maker Faire 🗓

Wichita’s annual Maker Faire is coming up! Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Sign up to volunteer

For more information visit:
wichita.makerfaire.com/
July 22nd & 23rd
Exploration Place
Tickets are $9.50
Free tickets for Exploration Place members, MakeICT members, and of course volunteers

Posted in Upcoming Events

August General Meeting 🗓

Our General Meetings are the first Monday of the month from 6-7PM, starting in August. All members are invited to attend.

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FY18 Planning Meeting 🗓

This meeting is for us to plan out events throughout the year. This meeting will be hosted by Cassie.  Please RSVP at the link below to receive the address.  Feel free to bring a snack to share.  If you are unable to attend but have a suggestion for a professional tour, presentation or social event, send it to wichitaswe@gmail.com prior to July 15th.

Saturday July 15
2-4PM
Cassie’s House – RSVP for directions
RSVP: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F084AA8AA28A4FB6-fy18

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Connect with Wichita SWE on Facebook

If you’re a member of SWE there are two places on Facebook you’ll want to stay tied in with:

Our Facebook Page – @WichitaSWE is our public voice out to the world where you can like, share, and invite friends to SWE events. Like our page to have our posts and events show up in your newsfeed. If you’re not seeing our posts, be sure to like, comment and share so Facebook knows you care about SWE and keeps showing you our news.

Wichita SWE Facebook Group is our members-only forum where you can post event photos, brainstorm ideas, and just stay in touch with your friends in SWE. Request access to the group and we can let you in to see and add to posts.

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May General Meeting 🗓

The May General Meeting which is Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30p.m. at the Wichita Girl Scouts Office, 360 S Lexington Rd northeast of Kellogg and Edgemoor. Any member can attend.

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WSU Scholarship Fundraising Donations

The Society of Women Engineers Wichita Section will once again be raising money for our scholarship fund at our annual banquet by holding a Gift Basket silent auction. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving engineering student at Wichita State University.

We are seeking businesses and individuals to donate goods and services for the baskets. If you have contacts at local businesses who might be willing to donate a gift basket or even just a few items, please reach out to them. If you have gift basket ideas or are willing to donate something to include, please let us know.

Please contact Nicole Stahl (NicoleAStahl@gmail.com) or Shaina Shapiro (smshapiro1@gmail.com) if you have donations to provide or if you would like to volunteer to collect items and put a gift basket together.

This year’s banquet will be held Tuesday, May 23rd 2017, and we would like to collect items at the May General Meeting which is Tuesday, May 9th at the Wichita Girl Scouts Office.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to donate an item for the gift baskets, please coordinate with Nicole or Shaina to collect your item. If you need a donation receipt, please provide your name, donated item(s), and the estimated value of the item for tax purposes. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

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

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SWE Annual Banquet 🗓

The 2017 Annual Spring Banquet will be held Tuesday, May 23rd at Larkspur Bistro & Bar from 5:30-8:00pm.  Our guest speaker will be Rachael Woods, Defense Systems Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT) Leader at Spirit AeroSystems.

Visit wichitaswe.org/banquet for additional information.  You can RSVP and purchase tickets here!

Posted in Upcoming Events

FY18 Proposed Slate of Officers

The Nominating Committee has presented the following slate of officers for FY18:

President – Hannah Morris
Vice President – Rachel Battershaw
Secretary – Kim Burton
Treasurer – Jess Stitt
Section Representative – Sara Campbell
Alternate Section Representative – Cassie Schroeder

If you have any questions or are interested in one of these offices you may contact Michelle.

Nominee Information:

Hannah Morris – President

Hannah is a Colorado native who graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Prescott, Arizona in December of 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering.  She now works as a Structural Design Engineer for the 737 MAX program at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. in Wichita, Kansas.  At Spirit Hannah is responsible for working through fuselage structural design revisions by coordinating with the program’s Integrated Product Team and releasing new or changed engineering.

Hannah began her SWE involvement as a collegiate in the Embry-Riddle section in 2013.  There, she immediately became the section’s Research Committee Lead where she led a group of women in a year and a half long interactive research project focusing on the effects of boundary layer ingestion on a blended wing body aircraft.  During her time with the ERAU section, she also assisted in outreach and membership growth efforts.   With Hannah’s help the section grew from nine active members to nearly sixty within three semesters.

Hannah has spent the last two years as Region i’s Secretary.  Being involved at the Region level has given Hannah a deep understanding of the resources available to Sections to help them grow and achieve SWE’s mission.  In addition to her Region involvement, she is also an active member of the SWE Wichita Professional Section where she has been involved in planning Engineering Expo, the section’s annual outreach event.  When she is not volunteering with SWE or Spirit, Hannah enjoys tap dancing and being active outdoors with her dog, Miley.

Rachel Battershaw- Vice President

RachelBattershawRachel 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 for the Wichita Section.

Kim Burton – KimBurtonSecretary

Kim Burton is an avionics and electrical systems engineer at Cessna Aircraft Company. Kim joined Cessna in 2002 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University. She has received a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University. She is a certified Six Sigma greenbelt, and is currently working on her private pilot’s license. Kim has been a member of SWE since her days at Pittsburg State. She was president of her collegiate section in 2001. As a professional member, she is the webmaster for her local section and Region i. She has also co-chaired her section’s Engineering Expo for several years, which introduces kids to engineering. Kim has been a volunteer mentor for the Kansas BEST Robotics program, which introduces high school students to engineering and science through extra-curricular competition. She has participated in a number of Habitat for Humanity builds. She was chair of the Cessna Women’s Networking Group from 2007-2008.

Sitt_Jessica_2607090Jess Stitt – Treasurer

Jessica Stitt 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 and currently works as a Systems Engineer on the 737MAX program. 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, and the FY16&17 Engineering Expo Co-Chair. Jessica enjoys spending her free time with her nieces and nephew, running, and is passionate about dog rescue.

Sara Campbell – Section Representative

SCampbellSara Campbell is a chemical engineer specializing in new product and process implementation. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her graduate degree from Clarkson University in 1997. She currently works for Minerals Technologies, a role that keeps her traveling much of the time. She is currently filling in for the remainder of FY17 as the Section Treasurer.

Cassie Schroeder – Alt. Section Representative

cassieCassiana (Cassie) Schroeder graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation.  She works at Spirit AeroSystems in Systems Engineering.  Prior to moving to Systems Engineering, Cassie worked in R&D with various roles related to composites manufacturing including portfolio manager, NDI engineer, and composites engineer. Cassie received her Masters of Science in Operations Management from Friends University in August 2012.  When she is not running, swimming, or biking, Cassie stays busy quilting, baking, decorating cakes, and being a mom of 2 very young children! Cassie joined SWE as a student at Iowa State University and has been active in the Wichita Area Professional Section since moving to Wichita and starting work at Spirit in 2009. Cassie has held various roles in the Wichita Section including secretary, collegiate counselor, section representative, and alt. section representative.

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Society of Women Engineers
Wichita Area Section
I005 PO Box 1096
Wichita, KS 67201
316-361-6793
Wichitaswe@gmail.com

President:
Hannah Morris
wichitaswe@gmail.com

Vice-President:
Rachel Battershaw
WichitasweVP@gmail.com

Secretary:
Kim Burton
WichitasweSecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer:
Jessica Stitt
WichitasweTreasurer@gmail.com

Section Representative:
Sara Campbell
WichitasweRep@gmail.com

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