Report from the 2004 Engineer's Award Banquet

Overview

The Puget Sound Engineering Council Awards Banquet was held at the College Club February 28, 2004, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The banquet provides an opportunity to celebrate the engineering profession and recognize the achievements of members of the profession who have excelled. The general atmosphere was festive, the food was good, and service was prompt and well executed.

Master of Ceremonies John Thorpe welcomed those in attendance with a reading of President Herbert Hoover's eloquent description of the profession of engineering:

Engineering. It is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer's high privilege.

The great liability of the engineer compared to those of other professions is that his works are out in the open where all can see them. His acts, step by step, are in hard substance. He cannot bury his mistakes in the grave. He cannot argue them into thin air. He cannot cover his failures with trees and vines. He cannot, like the politicians, screen his shortcomings by blaming his opponents and hope the people will forget. The engineer simply cannot deny that he did it. If his works do not work, he is damned....

...Unlike the doctor his is not a life among the weak. Unlike the soldier, destruction is not his purpose. Unlike the lawyer, quarrels are not his daily bread. To the engineer falls the job of clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort, and hope.

No doubt as years go by the people forget which engineer did it, even if they ever knew. Or some politician puts his name on it. Or they credit it to some promoter who used other people's money..

But the engineer himself looks back at the unending stream of goodness which flows from his successes with satisfactions that few professions may know. And the verdict of his fellow professionals is all the accolade he wants.

Prominent attendees:

and Past-Presidents of PSEC were recognized.

Keynote speaker Professor Amanie Abdelmessih of Saint Martin's School of Engineering delivered the keynote address emphasizing the fundamental importance of the Engineering Profession in creating a desirable quality of life for society; touched on current problems facing the profession -- under represented minorities, exploding technology information, outsourcing work; and suggested directions for solving these problems.

Professor Abdelmessih was presented with a copy of "Building Washington", the story of public works and politics in Washington State, autographed by the authors, at the conclusion of her presentation.

Don Northey presented the award portion of the program.

Six excellent representatives of our profession were honored with Engineer-of-the-Year awards: An award, newly created this year was made to the Journalist-of-the-Year. For the first time in PSEC history, the awards committee was unable to distinguish a clear difference between two outstanding nominees for Young Engineer-of-the-Year, and decided to confer an unprecedented double award.

Journalist-of-the-YearKery Murakmi, Seattle PIASCE
Young Engineer-of-the-YearCheryl Burwell, PEASCE
Young Engineer-of-the-YearMary Holland, PEASCE
Academic Engineer-of-the-YearDr. Jean Jacoby, PhDSWE
Government Engineer-of-the-YearJohn Hogan, PEASHRAE
Industry Engineer-of-the-YearRoger Gallington, PhD, PEWSPE-MtR
Professional Engineer-of-the-YearNancy Miller-Duevel, PEWSPE-MtR

They were well introduced and each responded with thought provoking reflections upon his or her career.

President John Thorpe concluded the evening with an Old Irish Verse:

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Guy Edwards played the piano during the social hour and dinner.

Don Goehler and Steve Snelling served as a reception committee and kept good records of attendees and banquet payments. In view of some attendees dressing formally, name cards were dispensed with. Place cards with names and table numbers were provided at registration to control seating. Katy Huston created elegant place cards. Milt Tiede prepared the programs. Ted Wright obtained the proclamations for Engineer's Week and arranged for the Professional Engineer award plaque. The State of Washington proclamation was signed at a meeting with the Governor. Don Northey arranged for the PSEC award plaques.

Bill Forde and David Schwegel recorded the banquet photographically and David distributed press releases broadly.

The PSEC Banquet Committee consisted of Don Northey (Chair), Milt Tiede, Kelly Griswold, David Schwegel, Ted Wright, Don Goehler. The Awards Committee included Don Northey (Chair), Milt Tiede and Steve Snelling.

Attendance

OrganizationRegistrantsPresent, PaidNot Present, PaidPresent, Not PaidGuestsNot Present, Not Paid
ASCE 1915  4  
ASHRAE 6 4  2  
ASME 1 1    
ASMI 3 3    
IEEE 4 4    
IIE 29245    
SAE 3 3    
SME 5 41    
SEAW 8 8    
SWE 9 8  1  
WSPE-LW 4 31    
WSPE-MR 1814  4  
WSPE-SEA 4 31    
Totals 113948  11  

2004 PSEC Engineer's Banquet Participation of Member Organizations

SocietyNumber of MembersBanquet RegistrantsPercentage
American Association of Cost Engineers 110 0 0.00
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astro 1,290 0 0.00
American Society of Civil Engineers 1,094 191.70
American Society of Engineering Education 2 2 100.00
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration AE 560 6 1.07
American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1,411 1 0.07
American Welding Society 530 0 0.00
ASM International 380 3 0.79
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers3,753 4 0.11
Institute of Industrial Engineers 192 2915.10
Society for the Advancement of Mat'l & Proc 177 0 0.00
Society of American Military Engineers 583 0 0.00
Society of Automotive Engineers 600 3 0.50
SAVE International 75 0 0.00
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers  0 0.00
Society of Manufacturing Engineers 471 5 1.06
Society of Women Engineers 148 9 6.08
Structural Engineers Association of WA 518 8 1.54
Washington Society of Professional Eng - LW 87 4 4.60
Washington Society of Professional Eng - MR 74 1824.32
Washington Society of Professional Eng - SE 102 4 3.92

Conclusions

The 2004 Banquet, with a registration fee of $40, shows a loss of $292.48.

Planning for next year's Fair and Banquet should start in April, 2004. The date, and banquet speaker(s) need to be set. This year's location and facilities appeared to be very successful and should definitely be considered for next year. Scheduling the Fair on the first weekend of Engineer's Week and the Banquet on the last weekend of Engineer's Week has been effective in the past.

It is important that PSEC society representatives market the Banquet through their society newsletters, their society board meetings and personal e-mails to individual society members. Publicity should be coordinated with Public Information Committees of member societies -- personal contact with members of the media is effective.

It is desirable to have political representatives and media representatives in attendance. Continuing efforts should be made to cause this to happen.

Respectfully submitted by Don Northey/ ASCE