February 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!


Thursday, February 22, 2018 2018 Nebraska Engineer's Roundtable E-Week Banquet

Drone Applications in Engineering, Surveying & Mapping

Michael Laird is the Drone/UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Program Director for Olsson Associates. He is a Professional Land Surveyor Licensed in Kansas and Missouri, and performs commercial UAV operations under the authority of a Private Pilot License, and an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot License. He has been mapping with UAV’s professionally for three years and has flown jobs in 12 states for major clients such as Railroads, Mining Operators, DOT’s, and Wind Energy developers. Michael has logged over 1,000 hours of UAV flight, and 350 hours of manned aircraft flight.

Eddie Fossler has an Associate’s Degree in Computer Aided Design and Animation and is the Survey Technical Manager for the Omaha office of Olsson. He brings over 20 years’ experience in Civil/Survey to the 3D Scanning and UAV initiatives.

0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) or 1.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) available

Thursday, February 22, 2018


6:00 PM – Social Hour (Cash Bar)

7:00 PM – Banquet & Speaker

Banquet Location:

Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha NE 68105

Please note that this event is a Thursday evening. In order to provide a total attendance count to the Field Club, only advanced reservations will be accepted. Advanced reservations, attendee’s name and payment must be received by noon, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (reminder that Monday, February 19th is a mail Holiday).

More info online at http://engineerroundtable.org/

Sponsored by the Engineer’s Roundtable


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

Cost: $10 Members, $15 Guests

RSVP below or to Tricia at vice_president@swe-nebraska.org

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


--- Volunteers needed ---

  • The Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair will be held Saturday, March 10, at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. SWE is looking for judges for the SWE special award. Go to https://www.msefomaha.com/ for more information on this event.

  • FIRST LEGO League volunteers needed for State Robotics Championship Tournament 2/17/2018. In this season’s challenge, the human water cycle describes the ways people find, transport, use, and dispose of water in order to meet a specific need or desire. Register online to volunteer at https://www.firstinspires.org More info online at https://unl.box.com/v/2018volunteerguide.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above events, or would like additional information about outreach opportunities, please contact Shannon DeVivo at outreach@swe-nebraska.org.

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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" on Feb. 24 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,

  • 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • and 10 a.m.-noon,

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.

The movie, "Dream Big, Engineering Our World," will be screened and followed by engaging, hands-on, age-appropriate engineering activities and conversations with female engineers and engineering students. To register or for more information, click on The Lincoln Children's Museum event link below and follow the event on Facebook (link below). Deadline to register is Monday, February 19, 2018.

Like to volunteer? Contact the University of Nebraska Coordinator of Engineering Education & Outreach, Sally Wei at 402-472-2670 or swei2@unl.edu

SWE Nebraska FY 19 Elections - Please Consider Serving As Our Next Leaders!

Past NE SWE President, Janis Pfingsten, is serving as our FY19 nomination committee chair for the upcoming elections this April / May for FY19-FY20 (recall it is a 2-year term).

If you know someone that is looking for a leadership opportunity, please feel free to reach out to them and we can connect them with Janis as well! Self nominations are welcome!!

SWE NE Officer & Chair Responsibilities

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


Nebraska SWE FY18 Calendar

Update your calendars for our programs planned:

February 18-24, 2018 - National Engineers Week

Thursday, Feb 22 - Nebraska E-Week Banquet. Drone Applications in Engineering, Surveying & Mapping: Lessons learned from 3-years in the field

February 23-25 - WE Local Phoenix (Sheraton Grand Downtown Phoenix)

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

Thursday, March 22 - Tenneco Tour (Seward)

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

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

Thursday, April 26 - "Choose Your Own" Professional Development (Omaha)

Thursday, May 10 - "Pack like a Pro: Work or Vaca - Fit It All In!" (Omaha)

Summer 2018 - "Monday Morning Leadership" Book Club

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)

--> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SWEOMTFY18

More info online at http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/swe-members/479-slides/4463-outreach-metric-tool-report-your-outreach

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 http://alltogether.swe.org/2017/10/swes-affinity-groups-supporting-inclusive-environment-within-swe/

4 Ways to Stifle Employee Creativity

Creativity in the workplace isn't limited to a business' graphic designers, copywriters, or marketing department. Thinking of new, innovative ways of doing things is the key to staying ahead of the competition. Whether it's an outside-the-box financial analysis of potential new markets or a new procedure that helps create a safer work environment, fostering an atmosphere of creativity leads to a stronger, more productive company overall.

Here are four ways some leaders stifle employee creativity.


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: https://welocal.swe.org/milwaukee/designlab/

WE Local Keynote Speaker (Phoenix) Barbara Brockett

Barbara Brockett (retired VP of Honeywell Aerospace) is the Society of Women Engineers' WE Achieve Awards Ceremony Keynote Speaker at WE Local Phoenix, February 23-25, 2018. Learn more and register for the conference at https://welocal.swe.org/phoenix/



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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 **

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

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