USACE-HD to be showcased for 2014 Engineers Week

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Todd Barnes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs (From right) Interns Jennifer Eugenio and James Nakamura, USACE-HD, talk to students about potential job opportunities within the Corps at UH- Manoa’s ColleTodd Barnes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs (From right) Interns Jennifer Eugenio and James Nakamura, USACE-HD, talk to students about potential job opportunities within the Corps at UH- Manoa’s College of Engineering Career Fair last February. ge of Engineering Career Fair last February.

Todd Barnes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs
(From right) Interns Jennifer Eugenio and James Nakamura, USACE-HD, talk to students about potential job opportunities within the Corps at UH- Manoa’s College of Engineering Career Fair last February.

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, plus invited local VIPs, dignitaries and engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-Honolulu District, are expected to gather for a luncheon at the Hale Koa, Tuesday, to kickoff Engineers Week 2014.

The theme for Engineers Week 2014 is “Discover Engineering: Let’s Make a Difference!”

Jointly hosted by the Honolulu Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES), the opening luncheon will feature keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Richard L. Stevens, commander, USACE-Pacific Ocean Division.

“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 and construction, Honolulu District, and past president, SAME-Honolulu Post.

Statewide Engineers Week activities include signing of an Engineers Week Proclamation and photo opportunities with Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell; static displays at Pearlridge Shopping Center, Feb. 15-17, by engineering organizations; and attendance at the kickoff luncheon and the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES) banquet, to be held Sunday. The Corps supports all of these events.

For the display at Pearlridge Shopping Center, Barnes and several of the District’s Department of the Army interns are creating Corps of Engineers and Honolulu District photographic exhibits to showcase their missions. The static exhibits will be on display at Uptown Center Court, Feb. 15-17.

HCES and Pearlridge, with the support of the Pearl City High School and Highlands Intermediate School robotics teams, will sponsor the HCES Pearlridge Hawaii VEX IQ State Championship, Feb. 16. Eighteen VEX IQ teams that qualified through earlier regional tournaments will compete for four slots for the World VEX IQ Championships, to be held in April.

How did it begin?

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with George Washington’s birthday.

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

Each year during Engineers Week, HCES organizes display exhibits to increase public awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession.

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.

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