Society of Women Engineers
Central Indiana
January 2017 Bulletin
Happy New Year from SWE-CI!

Volunteer Opportunities

Indy VRC needs your help! Sign up to volunteer!

The 'bots are coming back and they have a new home - the University of Indianapolis. The Indy Vex Robotics Championship (VRC) is going to be more exciting than ever before, with over 180 school-based teams competing in the largest city robotics championship in the nation. That's over 1,200 students, elementary through high school, filling the University of Indianapolis on Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th, 2017!
We need your help filling over 300 volunteer positions. This year, we've made it even easier for you to get matched with your preferred role by signing up through our portal on SignUp. Follow the links below and take 2 minutes to secure your spot.
- When: Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8
- Where: University of Indianapolis
- Sign up: at this link  
- - Please verify you have the correct experience level required for signing up for a job
- - Please verify you can be there the whole time that your shift requires
- - Would you consider signing up for both days? We need as many experienced volunteers as possible!
- - You will receive a free t-shirt, and food vouchers based on the duration of your commitment
- Questions? Contact Caitlin Sheesley-Brown, IndyVRC Event Manager (
- More info: Indianapolis Office of Education Innovation website

Volunteer for the SWE-CI Girl Scouts Rube Goldberg activity!

Twenty volunteers are needed to assist brownie Girl Scouts (2nd & 3rd graders) with a SWE-CI outreach event (A Rube Goldberg type contest). Volunteers will work with a small group of 4-5 girls learning about being an engineer inventor through short activities and an opportunity to build and test a Rube Goldberg type machine to perform a simple task. Unable to attend? You can support the event by donating consumables needed for the event.

Consumable items needed as donations
Paper towel roll tubes/cores
Tubes of any kind
Foam board
Masking tape
Paper 1 package lined or unlined
Egg cartons
Drinking straws
Foam pipe insulation
Preparation Meeting for familiarizing volunteers with the program materials
Sandwiches, sides, & drinks will be provided
- When: Wednesday, January 25 at 6 - 8pm
- Where: Girl Scout Math & Science Center at Camp Dellwood (Camp Dellwood is on the Westside near Speedway about 20 minutes from Downtown Indianapolis)
- Sign up: Contact Lynn Wrablik-Reilly ( or 317-694-3112
- Questions? Contact Lynn Wrablik-Reilly ( or 317-694-3112
- When: Saturday, February 4 at 8am - 12:30pm
- Where: Girl Scout Math & Science Center at Camp Dellwood (Camp Dellwood is on the Westside near Speedway about 20 minutes from Downtown Indianapolis)
- Sign up: Contact Lynn Wrablik-Reilly ( or 317-694-3112
- Questions? Contact Lynn Wrablik-Reilly ( or 317-694-3112

Volunteers needed to support LEGO/Robotics Club at IPS School 55 near Broad Ripple

An afterschool program is recruiting volunteers for IPS School 55, located on 54th Street just south of Broad Ripple. They need volunteers to expand afterschool STEM programs.  
One of their current volunteers, Kira, has been facilitating a LEGO/Robotics club for their students for the past couple of years. She is excited about the possibility of getting more volunteer support to help run her club - and expand it to include more students. She had specifically asked about volunteers who might have some expertise in drive trains.
The club meets once a week serving 3rd – 6th graders. She will take anyone who is interested, even if they couldn't make it every single week.
- Questions? Contact Maggie Cline, Program Director, TechPoint Foundation for Youth (

Support SWE-CI & Bowl For Our Scholarship Fund

FY17 Annual Bowling Fundraiser

Join us for the FY17 Annual Bowling Fundraiser to support the SWE-CI Scholarship Endowment Fund and network with members of SWE-CI. We're back on the south side of Indy this year. 
- When: Thursday, February 23 at 6 - 9:30pm
- Where: Expo Bowl, 5261 Elmwood Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
- Cost:
- - Corporate Team: $250 includes 2 games for 6 players
- - Drink and Snack Sponsor $100
- - Individual Team: $150 includes 2 games for 6 players
- - Individuals or Partial Team $25 per person includes 2 games

- Sign up: Flyer linked here
- RSVP: Contact Heather Cheslek ( by February 16

We could not be successful without you!

Our Mission: Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. 
Imagine the possibilities with your important donation. 
You can donate via PayPal or send your donation to us in the mail.  The Membership Donation Form is available here or on our website. Our corporate donation form is available here or on our website.

SWE-CI Meetings and Lunches

Monthly Board Meetings

Join us every month as we plan events, share info and work to support all SWE members throughout Central Indiana. Meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (with a few changes)
- When: Wednesdays, January 18 & February 1 from 5:30-7pm
- Where: Jennifer Flachs’ home ( for directions) N Delaware St and St. Clair St Indianapolis 46204
- Conference Call info: 1-302-202-1112 Conference code: 433402

SWE-CI Columbus Lunch

- When: Wednesday, January 11 at 12 - 1pm
- Where: Tre Bicchieri (425 Washington St, Columbus, IN 47201)
- RSVP: Katelyn Perera (

SWE-CI Downtown Lunch

- When: Thursday, January 19 at 11:30am
- Where: Primanti Bros (Corner of South Illinois and West Maryland streets, 49 W. Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204)
- RSVP: Kyle Testerman (

Save the Date!

Engineers Week Professional Development Event in February

Keep an eye out for some exciting events coming up during Engineers Week this coming February, including a tour of the new Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Museum (downtown Indy), and a "Strengths Finders" Professional Development event! E-week is nationally recognized during the week of February 19-25. You won't want to miss out!

Member Spotlight

Congrats Genevieve!

Genevieve Johnson, our SWE-CI Secretary, earned her Masters of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering from the Engineering Professional Education Department  and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue. You rock Gen!

We Want To Know

About exciting things going on with our members. If you or another member you know is celebrating some good news, such as a wedding, engagement, new baby or new job (or any other special news), let us know by emailing We'll include their news (with their permission of course!) in our next bulletin.

Events Around Central Indiana

Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Indiana Chapter Winter Social

We will enjoy a tasting of six unique wines with experts who will teach us about the various flavors, as well as appetizers and chocolate pairings to accompany the wine, fun crafts and raffles. As always, you will have the opportunity to go beyond networking to "support, promote and inspire" women in manufacturing. Dress is business casual.
- When: Wednesday, January 11 at 5:30 - 7pm
- Where: Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (2700 Market Tower | 10 West Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204)
- Cost:
- - $5 for students
- - $15 for WiM members
- - $25 for non-WiM members
- RSVP: WiM Indiana website 
- Questions? Contact Laura Hayes (

Thank Your Mentor By Nominating Them For an Inspire Award!

Chances are your success has come in part because you’ve had mentors in your life. Maybe you didn’t call them ‘mentors’, but these are the people who listened to your ideas, provided feedback and gave you the confidence to grow.

Now is your chance to recognize your mentor or someone else who mentors others by nominating them for an Inspire Award at by January 25, 2017
The Inspire Awards, presented by College Mentors for Kids, celebrate mentoring in the workplace and community. Nominations are accepted in 7 different categories: Accounting, Legal & Finance; Business, Retail & Services; Education Government & Nonprofit; Health & Health Sciences; Marketing, Media & Athletics; Construction, Technology & Engineering; and Youth Mentoring for those who make a difference by investing in the lives of young people.
Five finalists and one Mentor of the Year will be honored at the Inspire Awards luncheon on February 23, 2017 along with Allison Melangton, the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.

Flier is available at this link

Would you like to share your event with SWE-CI?

If you have an event that you would like to share with the SWE-CI membership, email it to to be included in the next bulletin. Events must be open to SWE-CI members and not specific to a particular company or other organization.

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FY 2017 SWE-CI Board Members
President --  Jennifer Flachs --
Vice President -- Jakki Kielty --
Secretary -- Genevieve Johnson --
Treasurer -- Lauren Miller --
Section Representative -- Bridget Bray --

FY 2017 Committee Chairs
Fund Development/Corporate Relations -- Sara Mamuska-Morris & Heather Cheslek --
Professional Development -- Katie Obbagy --
Outreach -- Sarah Laken -
Networking -- Shivani Parekh (Columbus) and Elyse McMillen (Indy) --
Membership -- Leslie Schulte & Sarah Walsh --

SWE-CI Lunch Coordinators
Downtown -- Kyle Testerman --
Southside (Columbus) -- Katelyn (Diehl) Perera --
Northside -- Lunch coordinator needed! Contact Jakki ( if interested!
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