Celebrating the Enginnering Profession in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the 44th National Engineers Week Annual Banquet was held on Thursday evening, February 23, 2017 in the Main Salon of California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo. The program was sold out with total of 250 attendees.
$1000 Scholarships were awarded to ten engineering students attending local colleges (left to right):
Rafael Hernandez, Oxnard College, Computer Science Major
Dorian Bruch, UCSB, Chemical Engineering Major
Hyum Bum Cho, UCSB, Computer Science Major
Andrew Robles, Moorpark College, Computer Science Major
Marissa Guerrero, Ventura College, Chemical Engineering Major
Jeffrey Sorenson, Santa Barbara Community College, Aerospace Engineering Major
Jeffrey Tsang, Moorpark College, Aerospace Engineering Major
Michael Abramovitch (not shown), UCSB, Chemical Engineering Major, Repeat Winner
Sara Abou Karroum (not shown), Moorpark College, Civil Engineering Major
Timothy Beccue, Westmont College, Engineering Physics Major
The following annual NEWC-VSB special recognition awards were presented:
Teacher Recognition Award was presented to Michael Weingarden, Math Teacher, Newbury Park High School
Edwin Allan Kindberg Distinguished Engineering Service Award was presented to Vivian Goo, Retired Deuputy Public Works Director, NAWD/Naval Base Ventura County, Fellow SAME
Local engineering societies awarded special Engineer of the Year recognition to:
APWA. Rick Raivwes, P.E., Public Works Director (recently retired), City of Ventura
ASCE, Linda Sumansky, P.E., Principal Cival ENgineer, City of Santa Barbara
ASME, Bruce Farber, P.E., Director of Business Development & Special Projects, Wiggins Lift Co.
ASQ, Diallo Wallace, Navy Aerospace Engineer & Career Education Center Instructor, US Navy / Naval Base Ventura County
IEEE, Joel King, VP & Advanced Mobile Solutions GM, Skyworks Solutions Inc.
SAME, Christina Birdsey, Director of Operations & Engineering, Port of Hueneme
SHPE, Jose Bonilla, Program Quality Engineer, Raytheon Corp.
SME, Marius Rosu, Sr Development Engineer, Ensign Bickford Aerospace & Defense Co.
SWE, Christine Reusch, Engineer, City of Los Angeles
Local engineering societies awarded special Project of the Year recognition to:
APWA/ASCE-Ventura County, "Donlon Road Realignment", Team: County of Ventura, MNS Engineers, Rincon Consultants, Toro Enterprises, Filippin Engineers, Aspen Environmental Group
ASCE-Ventura County, "Cabrillo Blvd Bridge Replacement, City of Santa Barbara", Team: City of Santa Barbara Engineering Division & Real Property Team, Bengal Engineering, Lash Construction, MNS Engineers, Cardno, Ayars & Associates, Caltrans Local Asssitace Staff
ASME, "Micronor MR386 Fiber Optic Microswitch", Micronor Inc.
IEEE, "SkyOne Ultra RF Subsystem for Cellular Handset Applications", Team: Skyworks Solutions Inc.
SAME, "Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA)Phase I, Naval Facilities Engineering & Expeditionary Arkface Center (NEWC), Naval Base Ventura County
SHPE, "MESA Sign-in Innovation Project", Team: Raytheon, Santa Barbara Community College MESA
SME, "NASA Standard Initiator Qualification", Team: NSI IR& Team, NASA
SWE, "Patents for Inventions & Methods to Improve Plasma Etching", Skyworks Solutions
The key-note speaker was Dr. Michael Ressler, NASA JPL, US Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) Mid-Infrared (MIRI) Instrument, one of four instruments to fly on the JWST. It is his responsibility to ensure that the JPL contributions to MIRI will enable it to perform the observations desired by the astronomical community.
Scheduled to launch in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will revolutionize our study of the cosmos. Built to address the questions asked by the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes but out of their reach to answer, JWST will look deeper than either telescope at infrared wavelengths with a suite of instruments that have capabilities that were not previously available.
Dr. Ressler introduced the telescope, its instruments, and some of the science topics that the Webb Telescope will address. He also described a few of the engineering challenges that had to be solved during its design, and mention the vital contributions of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to the Webb Telescope.
BIOIGRAPHY: Dr. Ressler received his bachelor's degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, followed by a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992. He came to JPL after graduation as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, and joined the JPL staff in 1994. He has been involved in building infrared astronomical instruments since he was an undergraduate and has specialized in understanding the design and operation of the detectors in these instruments. Ground-based instruments he has worked on have been used on the Keck Telescopes, the Palomar 200" telescope, and the 3-m NASA Infrared Telescope Facility.
About National Engineers Week Foundation (EWeek)
Founded by NSPE in 1951, EWeek (February 18-24, 2018) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
Today, EWeek is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to quality of life, EWeek promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy, and motivates youth, to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce. Each year, EWeek reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the United States.
Learn more about EWeek at www.nspe.org
NEWC of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under the California Society of Professional Engineers, a part of the national NSPE.