USACE shows capabilities

| February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments


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

HONOLULU — More than 300 engineers and friends of the 17 organizations within the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES) gathered at the Hale Koa’s Banyan Tree Showroom, here, Tuesday, for a luncheon to kick off Engineers Week 2013.

Invited local VIPs and dignitaries, plus engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District (USACE-HD), joined them for the annual gathering, which runs Feb. 17-23.

“Engineers Week is a great opportunity to showcase the accomplishments and capabilities of the Honolulu District’s professional engineers, architects and surveyors,” said Todd Barnes, chief of Engineering & Construction, USACE-HD, and past post president, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Jointly hosted by the Honolulu Post of SAME and the HCES, the kickoff luncheon featured keynote speaker Frederic Berg, project director, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning. He addressed the topic “Seawater Air Conditioning: Meeting Today’s Clean Energy Expectations.”

Each year during Engineers Week, HCES organizes display exhibits to increase public awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession. 2013’s theme is “Bringing Dreams to Life.”

This year, 16 professional engineering societies, consulting engineering firms, manufacturing companies and student groups also displayed projects at Pearlridge Shopping Center. The purpose of the displays and interactive exhibits is to improve the public image of the engineering profession and to stimulate qualified students in public and private schools to choose careers in engineering and in related science fields.

Barnes and several of the District’s Department of the Army interns also created USACE and Honolulu District photographic exhibits at Pearlridge to showcase the District’s missions.

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