Honolulu District Army engineers support local events

| February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

More than 250 engineers and friends of the 17 organizations within the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES), plus invited local VIPs, dignitaries and engineers from the Honolulu District, will gather at the Hale Koa Hotel, Feb. 20, for a luncheon to kick off Engineers Week 2018, which runs Feb. 18-25.

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

FORT SHAFTER — More than 250 engineers and friends of the 17 organizations within the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES), plus invited local VIPs, dignitaries and engineers from the Honolulu District, will gather at the Hale Koa Hotel, Feb. 20, for a luncheon to kick off Engineers Week 2018, which runs Feb. 18-25.

The 2018 Engineers Week theme is “Engineers – Inspiring Wonder.”

Engineers Week celebrates innovation in the field and is an opportunity for volunteers and educators to inspire students by engaging them in hands-on engineering outreach, while demonstrating how their school work can help solve real problems.

National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday. Washington is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his surveying work.

Hawaii Engineers Week activities include these: The signing of a 2018 Engineers Week Proclamation with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell; the signing of an Engineers Week Proclamation with Hawaii Gov. David Ige; Engineers Week static displays at Windward Mall Center Court, Feb. 19; the kick-off luncheon, Feb. 20, at the Hale Koa Hotel; and the HCES Engineers Week Annual Awards Banquet, Feb. 24.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supports all of these events.

The Engineers Week static displays and a VEX IQ Qualifying Tournament, Feb. 19, at Windward Mall Center Court in Kaneohe features hands-on activities and displays showcasing how “Engineers Inspire Wonder” in Hawaii.

VEX IQ teams participate in fast-paced skills challenges as they fight for a spot in the VEX IQ world championship tournament. Each year during Engineers Week, the HCES organizes display exhibits to increase public awareness and appreciation of engineering.

Our Department of the Army PATHWAYS interns created U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Honolulu District photography exhibits that showcase the District’s missions for public display at Windward Mall.

The 2018 kickoff luncheon featured keynote speaker is Navy Capt. Gregory D. Burton, commander Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, who will speak on the “PHNSY & IMF Capital Investment Program.”

In addition to Engineer Week events, the District also is participating in the following events:

•MATHCOUNTS competition
Prior to Engineers Week, the Honolulu District participated in the Oahu 2018 MATHCOUNTS competition, Feb. 10. Twenty-five District and Pacific Ocean Division personnel volunteered their services as moderators, proctors and scorers at the competition, which was held at the Kamehameha Schools Honolulu campus. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders from more than 24 Oahu public and private schools participated in the competition.

Twelve District and Pacific Ocean Division personnel will provide volunteer services at the state MATHCOUNTS championship on Oahu, March 10, at Kamehameha Schools, where respective winners from Oahu, Maui and the island of Hawaii will meet for a chance to represent Hawaii at the national MATHCOUNTS championship in Washington, D.C.

The MATHCOUNTS program, in its 35th year, is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels to emphasize the importance of mathematical skills in the development of future technology.

•Engineering Career Fair
Also coinciding with this year’s National Engineers Week activities is the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Engineering Career Fair on Feb. 21. Honolulu District Workforce Management staff and District engineering personnel will provide future engineers with educational career guidance, information on potential job opportunities within the Corps, as well as potential STEM field career paths.

Honolulu District Department of the Army ACTEDS program recent graduates are also volunteering to judge events at the Hawaii State Science Olympiad, March 3, at Leeward Community College.

 

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