Society of Women Engineers
Central Indiana
February 2017 Bulletin

Join Us for Engineers Week - Sign Up Now!

Tour the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Exhibition

Explore Aircraft Engines of Yesterday and Today!
Join the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and SWE-CI to kick-off Engineers Week 2017! On February 20 at 3:30 pm, we will tour the new and improved Heritage Trust Museum located at Rolls-Royce's downtown facility. The tour will be an interactive walk into the history of aviation, engineering, and the local impact Indianapolis has made on the aircraft propulsion business. Space is limited. reserve your spot today! All are welcome.
- Date: Monday, February 20, 2017
- Time: 3:30pm
- Where: Rolls-Royce Meridian Center (450 S. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46225)
- Cost: Free
- Sign up:
- Questions: Katie Obbagy (

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

Engineers Week Professional Development Event

Reserve Your Spot Today!
This event is a strength-based team building workshop to help hone in and focus on your strengths. After you complete registration, you will receive the StrengthsFinder 2.0 e-book with an access code to complete the official online test to determine your top 5 strengths. 

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. In StrengthsFinder 2.0 Gallup unveiled the new and improved version of its popular assessment. Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and USA Today bestseller will change the way you look at yourself -- and the world around you -- forever.

In the workshop, we will go over more techniques and strategies to help develop your potential in your strength areas. The workshop will be led by JoDee Curtis, SHRM-SCP, CPA, founder of Purple Ink LLC and author of “JoyPowered: Intentionally Creating an Inspired Workspace.” She is a Gallup Certified Strengths coach and works with a wide variety of companies and organizations to assist with human resource business needs, providing leadership training, talent acquisition for leadership positions, and consulting for companies to enhance their culture.

Everyone is welcome! Please feel free to pass this invite on to a friend or co-worker!

- Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
- Time: 11am - 2pm
- - Registration 11-11:30am
- - Lunch will be served at 11am
- - Workshop will start at 11:30am
- - Networking and Closing Remarks at the end
- Where: Central Library (downtown) - Special Collections Room, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Free parking in Library parking garage (guests will receive a parking voucher at the event)
- Cost: Lunch, e-book, online test, and parking are all included in the registration cost!
- - $25 SWE members
- - $35 non SWE members
- - $20 students
Corporate Sponsorships include student sponsorship, company recognition and reservations listed below.
- - $500 Gold Sponsor - includes 8 registrations
- - $250 Silver Sponsor - includes 4 registrations
- Sign up: Eventbrite ( by February 17
Corporate Sponsorship can also be processed using the SWE-Central Indiana Corporate Sponsorship Donation Form available at (
- Questions: Katie Obbagy (

Volunteer Opportunities

Central Indiana MATHCOUNTS Competition
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. Created in 1983, it is the longest-running MATHCOUNTS program and is open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.
Several volunteers are needed for the annual Central Indiana MathCounts competition. The majority of volunteers are needed from 9am until 12:30 pm for scoring all of the tests. A few volunteers are needed for proctoring the exam room and entering scores into the computer scoring system. We also need runners to help with getting tests delivered to volunteers and a couple volunteers for sorting exams. If you need to leave early, please let Kim know so she can place you in an appropriate volunteer slot to facilitate your schedule.

When the students complete the testing, they will have lunch and the the top students will compete in a head-to-head math competition. This is always fun to watch for anyone who can stay until around 2:30 pm.
Light snacks and lunch will be provided to all volunteers.
We are also looking for additional sponsors for the event.  Please let Kim know if your company would like to help support this great program

- When: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Where: Sycamore School, 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
- RSVP: Kim Cottrell (

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, February 15 & March 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 Downtown Lunch

- When: Tuesday, February 14 at 11:30am
- Where: Siam Square (936 Virginia Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46203)
- RSVP: Kyle Testerman ( by Feb 13.

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you for volunteering at the Girl Scouts Rube Golberg Event!

On Feb 4, 2017, 20 volunteers from SWE-CI worked with 38 Girl Scouts in the 2nd and 3rd grades to help them earn the Brownie Inventor Badge. The girls learned about what engineers do, including that Civil Engineers have saved more lives than doctors - What would we do without clean water? The Girl Scouts spent the morning doing some brainstorming activities before building Rube Goldberg Machines in teams. If you're not familiar with Rube Goldberg Machines, they perform a simple task in a very complicated way. The simple task the teams completed was ringing a bell! Check out this video on youtube for a great example of a Rube Goldberg Machine. Thank you Lynn Wrablik-Reilly for organizing the event!

Member Spotlight

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 graduation, 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

Volunteers Needed for Passport to Hi Tech

Women & Hi Tech is in need of volunteers to support the annual Passport to Hi-Tech event at Conner Prairie on March 18, 2017!  Passport to Hi-Tech is an event for girls ages 7 to 12 to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.  More than 1,000 participants will be joining us this year! The Women & Hi Tech volunteers are needed to help with event preparation, participant check-in, and drawing registration, among other tasks.  Sign up for a volunteer spot here.
Passport to Hi-Tech is a joint effort between Conner Prairie and Women & Hi Tech with financial support from Roche Diagnostics.  To learn more about Passport to Hi-Tech, go to:

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If you're interested in getting more involved with SWE-CI, reach out to our board members or committee chairs. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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