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For Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties!
 
The 45th Annual Engineers Week Banquet will be held on Friday evening, Feburary 23, 2018 in the Grand Salon at Cal State University Channel Islands in Camarillo.
 
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5:00-6:00 PMRegistration
5:30-6:30 PMSocial Hour
6:30 PMWelcome by Emcee
6:35 PMCSUCI Presidentís Welcome
6:45 PMGuest Speaker-TBD
6:55 PMCSUCI Engineering Program by Professor Soltys
7:05 PMEmcee Releases Tables for Dinner (by table number)
7:35 PMAwards Presentations (as listed in program)
8:00Keynote Address by TBD
8:45 PMDoor Prize Announcements

 

 
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The Banquet Program shines a spotlight on the local engineering societies as their Engineer of the Year and Project of the Year selections are recognized. We honor a local educator who has contributed to encouraging and stimulating middle or high school students to study science and engineering. We recognize one individual for outstanding service to the engineering/scientific profession and service to the community. We also award a number of scholarships to local engineering students attending local colleges & universities.
 
Each year the banquetfeatures a Guest Speaker of national renown. The 2017 Featured Guest Speaker was Dr. Michael Ressler, NASA JPL, US Project Scientist for the Mid-InfraRed Instrument, MIRI, one of four instruments to fly on the James Webb Space Telescope. Dr, Ressler provided an exciting orientation to the upcoming James Web Space Telescope scheduled to launch in 2018,
 
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.
 
Link for photos and overview of the 2017 banquet and awards

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Highlights From 2016 NEW Awards Banquet

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.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


    SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS & APPLICATION
     
    Download link for NEWC Scholarship Application
     
    Our scholarship program looks for exemplary and deserving engineering students enrolled in the area colleges, which include:

  • Ventura College
  • Oxnard College
  • Moorpark College
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Westmont College
  • UC Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • Cal Lutheran University (CLU)
  • CSU Channel Islands

  • Every year, the National Engineerís Week Committee of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (NEWC-VSB) awards scholarships to a select group of students attending a 2 or 4 year college in the region and working towards an engineering degree. The scholarship committee looks for engineering students who they consider are exemplary examples of the future of the engineering profession. If your grades are good (GPA 3.0 or better), you should apply! Last year ten scholarships of $1000 each were awarded out of 40 applicants.
     
    In order for the student to qualify for this award, the following minimum requirements must be met:
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college or university in Ventura or Santa Barbara counties.
  • The applicant must be studying towards an engineering or technical degree related to engineering. If the applicantís college or university does not offer an engineering program, then a course of study preparatory to engineering will be accepted.
  • The applicant must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or better in college level courses.
  • An applicant does not need to have a sponsor to be considered.

  • Scholarship applications are now being accepted. Submission deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2017..
     
    Early bird applications received by December 22, 2017 will earn bonus points. Plan ahead..
     
    Please feel free to contact the Scholarship Chair Dennis Horwitz with any questions by cell 805-377-9480 or e-mail newc.scholarships@gmail.com


    PROJECT OF THE YEAR Nominations By Society
     
    Download link for POY Application

    An important part of our annual banquet is recognizing outstanding Engineers and Projects from our local area. This year as in past years the National Engineers Week Committee is soliciting a Project of the Year (POY) from each of the professional engineering societies in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for recognition at the banquet.
     
    Each society is responsible for solicitation, evaluation, selection, and submittal of its POY recipients. One POY selection will be accepted per society unless prior arrangements are requested and coordinated with the Committee. The Committee is pleased to honor your POY recipients at the banquet; however we do not select the actual recipients. You may use whatever internal selection process you choose.
     
    All submissions are due by Friday, January 12, 2018. Please feel free to contact the POY-EOY Chair Laura Yanez with any questions by e-mail at sbv.newc.eoypoy@gmail.com


    ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Nominations By Society
     
    Download link for EOY Application

    An important part of our annual banquet is recognizing outstanding Engineers from our local area. This year as in past years, N.E.W.C is soliciting an Engineer of the Year (EOY) from each of the professional engineering societies in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for recognition at the banquet.
     
    Each society is responsible for solicitation, evaluation, selection, and submittal of its POY recipients. One EOY selection will be accepted per society unless prior arrangements are requested and coordinated with the Committee. The Committee is pleased to honor your EOY recipients at the banquet; however we do not select the actual recipients. You may use whatever internal selection process you choose.
     
    All submissions are due by Friday, January 12, 2018. Please feel free to contact the POY-EOY Chair Laura Yanez with any questions by e-mail at sbv.newc.eoypoy@gmail.com


    TEACHER OF THE YEAR Nominations
     
    Download link for TOY Nomination Form

    An important part of our annual banquet is recognizing outstanding Teachers from local Middle and High Schools, who mentor students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This year, as in past years, the National Engineers Week Committee (NEWC) is soliciting nominations for the Teacher of the Year Award from Middle and High Schools in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
     
    From the recommendations received, the NEWC will select a candidate for the Teacher of the Year Award. The Selected Teacher will be notified the 2nd week of February 2018.
     
    All submissions are due by Friday, January 19, 2018. Please feel free to contact the TOY Chair Elena Woodard with any questions, by phone (805) 480-4352 or e-mail at newc.teacher@gmail.com


    EDWIN KINDBERG ENGINEERING SERVICE AWARD Nominations
     
    Download link for KINDBERG Engineering Service Award Nomination Form

    The Distinguished Engineering Service Award honors Ed Kindberg because of his unwavering dedication and leadership to the engineering profession throughout his life. He passed away on September 23, 2009 at the age of 93. After he retired to Southern California, he was an avid volunteer on the NEW Committee and helped make the local NEW celebration the significant event it is today. After his passing, the NEW Committee decided to honor his memory by establishing a Distinguished Engineering Service Award. The intent of the award is to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to advance or recognize the engineering profession in the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
     
    Please submit your nomination for this award with a brief description of the outstanding contribution he/she has made to advance or recognize the engineering profession in the local community. Submit nominations to Chair Allen Grizzard-Paul no later than Friday, January 19, 2018 by emailing to allengrizzard@msn.com. If you have any questions please call Allen at (805) 795-6279.


    2017-2018 NEWC PLANNING COMMITTEE

    Position
    Person
    Chair
    Ben Fishetti, ASCE, 805-653-7900 x409
    Vice Chair
    Kristy Edblad, ASCE, 661-754-0863
    Secretary
    Treasurer
    Brian Williams, IEEE Central Coast
    Corp Sponsorships/Advertising Chair
    Communications Chair
    Banquet Chair
    Speaker/MC Chair
    Momin Quddus, IEEE Buenaventura
    Scholarship Chair
    EOY/POY Chair
    Laura Yanez, SHPE-SB
    Teacher of the Year Chair
    Ed Kindberg Award Chair
    Door Prize Chair
    Web Site
    Member

    We are in need of more volunteers, contact Ben Fischetti if you are interested.
     
    Next NEWC Planning Meeting is Wednesday, November 19, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm at Panera Bread at The Collection in Oxnard.

  • WHO: Open to all engineers, student engineers and spouses who wish to participate and help. No volunteers turned away!
  • WHEN: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
  • WHERE: Panera Bread, The Collection Riverpark, 2720 Portico Way, Oxnard, CA 93036
  • Download Minutes from Last Meeting
  • Download Agenda For This Meeting

  • 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.