District displays skills during ‘Engineers Week’

| March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dino W. Buchanan
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

HONOLULU — More than 150 members of Hawaii’s engineering community, including engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, gathered at the Hale Koa Hotel’s Banyan Tree Showroom, here, Feb. 22, for a luncheon to kick off “Engineers Week,” which ran Feb. 20-26.

“Engineers Week is a great opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of our professional engineers, architects and surveyors,” said Todd Barnes, chief of Engineering and Construction, USACE-HD, and past Honolulu Post president, Society of American Military Engineers.

Barnes and his staff orchestrated the district’s Engineers Week activities in concert with John Ramos, chair of the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies and the Honolulu Post of SAME.

Engineers Week activities included a signing of an Engineers Week proclamation and photo opportunity with Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, Feb. 23; a signing an Engineers Week proclamation and photo opportunity with Peter Carlisle, Honolulu mayor, Jan. 29; Engineers Week exhibits at Pearlridge Center, Feb. 20-23; and attendance at the Engineers Week Awards Banquet, Feb. 26, at the Hale Koa Hotel.

USACE-HD engineers also participated in the “2011 Math Counts” competition, Oahu Chapter, Feb. 19, at Punahou’s Case Middle School, where engineers volunteered as moderators, proctors and scorers. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from more than 36 Oahu public and private schools participated in the competition.

Several consulting engineering firms and manufacturing companies, the student groups from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and the robotics clubs from local high schools gathered to display projects they had been working on and entering in competitions.

The purpose of “The Future of Engineering” displays and interactive exhibits, sponsored by HCES during Engineers Week, is to improve the public image of the engineering profession; to stimulate qualified students in public and private schools to choose careers in engineering and related science fields; and to allow interaction with the public to excite others about the engineering profession.

The guest speaker for the 2011 Engineers Week banquet was Wayne Yoshioka, director of Transportation Services, City and County of Honolulu. He provided a presentation on the Honolulu Rail Transit project, covering the project timeline, budget and funding, preliminary engineering, transit-oriented development and the project’s relationship to other transportation capital improvement projects.

The kickoff luncheon featured keynote speaker, Jeff Chang, Engineering Program manager, Engineering Branch of the Airports Division, Department of Transportation, State of Hawaii, who spoke on the airport’s Modernization Program.

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