Highlights of the 2013 Engineers Week Banquet
Nearly 200 engineers, award winners, clients, scholarship recipients and their guests attended the 49th Annual Engineers Week Awards and Recognition Banquet on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Windows on Minnesota at the top of the IDS tower in Minneapolis. Tony Murphy, director of the GLOBE Program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and former executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul served as Master of Ceremonies and guided attendees through an evening of recognition. Fourteen scholarship recipients were acknowledged, as were Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science and Technology Society Distinguished Engineer and Distinguished Science & Technology Professional award winners and Young Engineer and Young Scientist of the Year award recipients.
The evening concluded with the presentation of the Seven Wonders of Engineering awards, which recognized 18 project entries, including the 2013 Project of the Year Award winner – Hydralift AmClyde for the AmClyde Around-the-Leg Crane for Installing Offshore Wind Farms.
The Seven Wonders of Engineering Awards Competition is conducted annually to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of engineering. As Professional Engineers, the members of MnSPE are proud to acknowledge and publicly honor those that have advanced the profession and prestige of the entire engineering community. Entries in the Seven Wonders of Engineering Awards Competition are judged on the engineering methods, systems and skills utilized; the extent that the project advances the engineering profession; project complexity; the significance of the entry to society; and the extent to which the project meets the needs of the market, client or owner.
The silent auction, Wall of Wine and raffle were held during the banquet networking social to raise funds for the Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation (MPEF) scholarship program and the MATHCOUNTS math enrichment program. Over $2500 was raised to support these worthy causes! Attendees enjoyed browsing the auction items, which included everything from sports tickets and gift certificates to themed gift baskets and electronics. MnSPE would like to thank those individuals and businesses that donated items for the silent auction and Wall of Wine – see who they are.
Photos by Tim Davis for MnSPE