Honolulu District engineers participate in 2016 National Engineers Week

| February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District Public Affairs Office Interns pose for a photo at their booth supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a career fair at the Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. This year the Honolulu District Workforce Management team and USACE Engineer Interns returned to participate in the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering Career Day Feb. 17. They provided future engineers with career guidance, information on potential job opportunities with the Corps, and potential STEM field career paths.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District Public Affairs Office
Interns work a USACE booth at a career fair during last year’s Engineering Week.

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

HONOLULU — More than 200 engineers and friends of the 17 organizations within the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies, plus invited local VIPs, dignitaries and engineers from the Honolulu District, are expected to gather at the Hale Koa’s Banyan Tree Showroom, Monday, for a luncheon to kick off Engineers Week 2016, which runs Feb. 21-27.

“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, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District.

The 2016 Engineers Week theme is “Discover E — Engineers Make a World of Difference.”

The Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES) has been in existence since 1965. It is an umbrella organization for the engineering societies in Hawaii with 17 member organizations.

The HCES charter aims “to improve the public image of engineers, (to) encourage registration of all qualified engineers, and to stimulate qualified students in public and private schools to enter engineering and related sciences as their life work.”

HCES has been celebrating Engineers Week in Hawaii since 1965.

Several of the District’s Department of the Army interns will be manning an interactive exhibit that showcases the District’s missions for public display, Sunday, at Pearlridge Shopping Center.

Each year during Engineers Week, the HCES organizes display exhibits to increase public awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession, to improve the public image of the engineering profession, and to stimulate qualified students to choose careers in engineering and in related science fields.

The 2016 Hawaii State VEX and VEX IQ Robotics Skills Challenge will also be held, Sunday, at Pearlridge Mall’s Uptown Center Court. Robotics is one of the outreach programs to encourage students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Jointly hosted by the Honolulu Post of the Society of American Military Engineers and the HCES, the kickoff luncheon will feature keynote speaker Peter E. Crouch, dean, University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering, who will speak on the topic “Re-engineering for a Sustainable Future.”

Robbie Alm, president, Collaborative Leaders Network and former executive vice president of Hawaiian Electric, will be the keynote speaker for the awards banquet and will speak on the topic “Will Hawaii Thrive in the 21st Century?”

The USACE recognizes the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leaders of the global marketplace, and in enabling the Department of Defense and Army in the security of our nation.

The Corps is committed to teaming with others to strengthen STEM-related programs that inspire current and future generations of young people to pursue careers in STEM fields.


Engineers Week

The National Society of Professional Engineers began National Engineers Week in 1951 in conjunction with George Washington’s birthday. (Washington is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his surveying work.)

Statewide activities include the following:

  • The signing of an Engineers Week proclamation by Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
  • Engineers Week interactive and static displays at Pearlridge Shopping Center by engineering organizations, Sunday.
  • Attendance at the kickoff luncheon, Tuesday, at the Hale Koa Hotel.
  • The Engineers Week annual awards banquet, Feb. 27, at the Koolau Ballrooms & Conference Center.

The Corps of Engineers supports all of these events.

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