March - SWE-Blast

Eastern Nebraska Society of Women Engineers


Every 4th Thursday - SWE Programs

Eastern Nebraska SWE schedules our programs monthly, covering our membership in the Omaha - Lincoln metro areas.

Do you have ideas for a meeting or something to share for our SWE-blasts? Let me know!



Tenneco Seward Tour

Thursday, March 22nd, 6pm

1111 Izaak Walton Road

Seward, NE

Join us for a tour of Tenneco in Seward. Tenneco Inc is an $8.6 billion global manufacturing company, that is pioneering global ideas for cleaner air, and smoother, quieter and safer transportation. They are one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and distributors of Clean Air and Ride Performance products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway equipment and the aftermarket. They serve customers from 91 manufacturing facilities and 15 engineering and technical centers around the world. Tenneco Seward is a more than 700 person plant that provides exhaust products to GM, Chrysler, Ford, Navistar, Caterpillar and John Deere and contains tube mill, bending, canning, welding, and assembly processes.

Date: Thursday, March 22nd

Time: 6pm Dinner, 6:30pm Tour

Place: Tenneco, 1111 Izaak Walton Road, Seward, NE 68434

Since this is a manufacturing environment we ask that attendees do not wear skirts or dresses or open toe or heel or high heeled shoes.

Cost: $10 Members, $15 Guests

RSVP below or to Tricia at



No Later than April 2, 2018

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--- Volunteers needed ---

Engineers Without Borders Pancake Run - April 7! Join us Runners and Walkers!

April 7, 2018 at


8901 S 154TH ST.

OMAHA NE, 68138


ADULTS: $30.00

STUDENTS 12-26: $20.00 (BRING YOUR ID)

CHILDREN 3-12: $5.00



More info:

Contact Email:


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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day has been Rescheduled to May 6!

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at UNL Innovation Campus

The University of Nebraska College of Engineering is co-sponsoring "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The event is part of a national initiative and is run in conjunction with E-Week.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is free for girls in grades 3-12, will take place in two sessions,

  • 2-4 pm
  • 3-5 pm

at Innovation Studio, 2021 Transformation Drive, Suite 1500, Entrance B, Lincoln, NE 68508. There will also be a Parent & Educator Program in conjunction with the sessions.

To volunteer please contact Tracy Sanford at or 402.430.3969

More online at


SWE Nebraska Elections in May - Leadership Opportunities Availalbe!!

SWE Officer Elections – May 2018
Have you thought about getting a little more involved with SWE? Have you ever thought about how your involvement in SWE could help you boost your career at work?

As a member, you probably already know that SWE is a great opportunity for you to meet and socialize with other engineers, share your skills and enthusiasm with our youth and introduce them to future careers in engineering. But, SWE is also an excellent organization to build and sharpen your management skills in a less stressful way than at your work.

You can build these skills by joining a committee or becoming an officer in our SWE Section. Most of the committee and officer positions require only an hour or two every month. This is a great way to learn more about SWE and get involved with this great organization. And it will look great in your portfolio at work!

If you are interested in getting more information about an officer or a committee position, please email Janis Pfingsten at or follow this link

Please respond by April 8 if you are willing to serve our local SWE section in FY19.

SWE NE Officer & Chair Responsibilities

Read more online of SWE Nebraska's Officer & Chair Responsibilities

Let's Break Boundaries! ***************STRETCH CHALLENGE**** Present at WE18!

Become a thought leader in engineering and present at WE18. As a speaker, you will have the opportunity to share your expertise and support the advancement of women in engineering and technology.

It’s time to submit your presentation for WE18, SWE’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 18-20, 2018. More than 250 sessions will be selected.

The theme for WE18 is “Let’s Break Boundaries.” For three days, thousands of women in engineering and technology will connect with one another and celebrate how they are breaking boundaries every day. They’re crashing through barriers: graduating from engineering schools around the globe, working at top engineering firms, and innovating solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

Become a thought leader in engineering and present at WE18. As a speaker, you will have the opportunity to share your expertise and support the advancement of women in engineering and technology.

The deadline to submit is March 12, 2018. Check out content from WE17 and previous conferences on SWE’s SlideShare.

Click here to submit your presentation >>

Download our WE18 Call for Participation Guidelines, and watch our video for tips on the submission process.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching!!

Nominate Educators for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching

The 2018 cycle of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is in full swing and we need your help! Today, the PAEMST team is launching our 2018 Nomination Drive.

We hope that you will help us spread the word about PAEMST by sharing information with your network of members and encouraging them to nominate a teacher or apply themselves.

Nominations can be submitted here. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2018, and the application deadline is May 1, 2018.

Click here for some sample Facebook and Twitter posts that you can share on social media. We also encourage you to access the NSF Facebook and Twitter pages and share the nomination drive posts from NSF throughout the week.

Email questions about the program or the nomination process to or 855-723-6780.


Nebraska SWE FY18 Calendar

Update your calendars for our programs planned:

March 9-11 - WE Local Milwaukee (Wisconsin Center / Hilton Milwaukee City Center)

Thursday, March 22 - Tenneco Tour (Seward)

April 1 Nominations due for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachers

April 2 Innovation Challenge submissions

April 7 Engineers Without Borders Pancake Run

April 6-8 - WE Local Portland (Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront)

April 8 SWE Nebraska Election Nominations Deadline (self-nominations accepted!)

April 20-22 - WE Local Providence (Rhode Island Convention Center / Omni Providence)

April 26 - SWE Professional Development (Omaha)

May 6 - "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" at Nebraska Innovation Campus

May 10 - SWE Program TBD (Omaha)

Summer 2018 - "Monday Morning Leadership" Book Club

Oct 18-20 - WE18, SWE’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Italics denotes Regional / National SWE Programs


Renew your SWE Membership Now!!

Did you know SWE's FY18 started July 1st? Your SWE membership is not only crucial to your career and/or education, but it’s important for advancing STEM diversity all over the world.

Here’s a look at what SWE accomplished during the 2016-2017 membership year:

In addition to continuing current programs, SWE will offer even more innovative and inspiring benefits in the coming membership year.

You can look forward to WE Local conferences in five locations around the US, monthly orientations for new members, a SWE Training Program for executives and the expansion of our STEM Re-entry Task Force program.

So just how can you renew your membership? Check out these step-by-step instructions to do so online.


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SWE Outreach Metric Tool - Take Credit for your Impact!!

The SWE Outreach Tool is a simple 10 question survey to complete after any of your STEM outreach events.

Volunteer for work? Yes - that counts!

You are a regular computer teacher at the library? Log your time!

Volunteer to judge at your child's science fair? Absolutely counts!

Help out the local 4-H Robotics Team? Yes - this too!

Any events that focus on students ages 4-18 and/or their adult advocates such as parents, educators, and group leaders. The data you enter will be used internally by the SWE Outreach Committee to set goals and make strategic decisions. The data will also be used externally with sponsors to show the impact of the outreach that all SWE members do. Many grants require the information we are collecting, and we need accurate information to share with them. Here’s the information you should gather together before you use this tool:

– Event name and date(s)

– Section name: I002 Eastern Nebraska

– Event type

– Number of girls who participated in the event

– Number of boys who participated in the event

– Age of students who participated (Estimates are okay; report the age range of the majority)

– Number of Adults who participated – These are Parents, Educators, and other non-volunteers who participated in the event.

– Number of SWE Member volunteers

– Number of other volunteers – not SWE members

– Name of Partner Organization(s), if applicable

– Any best practices you would like to share (optional)


More info online at

SWE Outreach Tool

Take credit for the impact of the STEM outreach that you do in FY18!


Over 10 years ago, SWE launched an initiative designed to foster inclusiveness and engage the diverse members of our organization – SWE Affinity Groups. Affinity Groups are growing and members are sharing and embracing a common element of diversity to work collaboratively and support each other. The current Affinity Groups are: African-American, Latinos, Native American, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer and Allies, Global Women Engineers, Women in Government, Small Business and Entrepreneur. These teams are working to enhance and promote networking mechanisms to connect members. These Affinity Groups are a great way for members to share knowledge, concerns, and experiences with each other and SWE partners and to provide feedback to SWE on making the networks a more powerful resource.

More info is online at


SWENext DesignLab Milwaukee

SWENext DesignLab is a half-day event that will take place on Saturday, March 10 at WE Local Milwaukee. It is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. Find out more at:


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WE Local - Meet Locally. Learn Socially.

WE Local brings together participants in all stages of their collegiate and professional journey to learn, energize/re-energize and connect through high-quality professional development workshops, networking opportunities, inspirational presentations and outreach activities.

These conferences bring the excitement, energy and learning environment of SWE's annual conference right to the member's backyard. Join us for a WE Local near you!

Two WE Local conferences (Phoenix and Milwaukee) are now accepting speaker submissions for breakout sessions. Visit the "schedule" tab on the host city website for more information.

Check out our Digital Book about WE Local Conferences

** Anyone interested in supporting SWE’s mission is welcome to our Programs … please spread the word!! FWD ENCOURAGED **

Email if you or someone you know would like to be added to our mailing list

If you need assistance with any issues related to membership (contact preferences, joining, renewing, upgrading, etc.) please contact SWE HQ at

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