District supports 2012 Engineers Week

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

FORT SHAFTER — More than 200 members of Hawaii’s engineering community, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, will gather at the Hale Koa Hotel’s Banyan Tree Showroom, Feb. 21, for a luncheon to kick off Engineers Week 2012, which runs Feb. 19-25.

“Engineers Week is a great opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of our professional engineers, architects and surveyors,” said Todd Barnes, chief, engineering and construction, USACE-HD, and past post president, Society of American Military Engineers, or SAME.

The National Society of Professional Engineers began celebrating National Engineers Week in 1951, in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday.

Washington is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his surveying work.

Jointly hosted by the Honolulu Post-SAME and the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies, or HCES, the kickoff luncheon will feature keynote speaker, Capt. Peter Lynch, vice commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command-Pacific, whose presentation will be “Naval Engineering: Contingencies to Construction.”

Barnes and his staff will orchestrate the district’s Engineers Week activities in concert with Joseph Ting, chair, HCES and Honolulu Post-SAME.

The guest speaker for the 2012 Engineers Week banquet is Kent Peterson, practicing engineer. He will address and provide building professionals with the details of requirements for designing and engineering high-performance green buildings.

Honolulu District engineers will also be gearing up to support the 2012 Math Counts competition at Punahou School’s Case Middle School, with the Oahu event to be held Saturday, Feb. 25. Engineers will volunteer their services as moderators, proctors and scorers.

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders from more than 36 Oahu public and private schools will participate in the competition.

Respective winners from Oahu, Maui and the Big Island will meet for the State Math Counts championship at Iolani School, March 3. State winners advance to the National Math Counts competition in Orlando, Fla., May 11.

Engineers Week

For more information, call Joseph Ting, chair, HCES and Honolulu Post-SAME, at 956-6597.

Engineers Week Activities

Activities honoring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been planned throughout February.

  • Feb. 6: City and County of Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle signed an Engineers Week Proclamation.
  • Feb. 10: Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed an Engineers Week Proclamation.
  • Feb. 19-24: Engineers Week static exhibits at Pearlridge Center.
  • Feb. 22: University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Engineering Career Fair.
  • Feb. 25: Engineers Week awards banquet at DeRussy Hall, Hale Koa Hotel.

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