As SWE president, I have enjoyed representing the Society at a variety of events in Washington, D.C., during the course of this fiscal year. Most recently, I represented SWE at the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) meeting, and attended the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) convocation and Engineering Policy Symposium on Capitol Hill. The two themes of the NAE convocation, The Coming Democratization of Design and Manufacturing and America’s Infrastructure, resonated with me and all attendees. The themes emphasized the need for innovation and partnerships across engineering disciplines to further advance manufacturing in the United States and ensure the country’s infrastructure is safe as well as prepared for natural and other disasters.
At the AAES meeting there were updates from the engineering workforce commission (EWC), strategic discussions on membership and governance and report outs from working groups’ progress in areas of STEM, lifelong learning and engineering grand challenges. I have represented SWE at three AAES meetings, and am impressed that we sit at the table, bring a valued opinion and collaborate with significantly larger organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA (IEEE-USA). SWE is a valued partner and continues to lead discussions on the value of diversity to create an innovative workforce.
While in Washington, D.C., I also had the opportunity to attend the AAES awards banquet. More specifically, I was delighted to present on behalf of SWE the Kenneth Andrew Roe award to Noha S. El-Ghobashy, President of Engineering for Change (E4C). The AAES Kenneth Andrew Roe award recognizes an engineer who has been effective in promoting unity among the engineering societies. Noha’s citation read, “For fostering collaboration among engineering societies to deliver multi-disciplinary, sustainable solutions to address quality of life challenges in global underserved communities.” SWE is a proud sponsor of Engineering for Change, and further information on the collaborative efforts to solve global issues can be found here.
Speaking of collaboration, I appreciate the efforts of the FY13 Board of Directors and Senate in creating the new strategic plan. The new long-range strategic plan will be rolled out in July and is more straightforward than the current strategic plan. Rather than five goals and numerous objectives under each goal, there are a total of three strategic goals and nine supporting strategic objectives the Board of Directors will carry out during the next several fiscal years. With focus on professional excellence, globalization and advocacy, I am looking forward to the future aspirations, advancements and achievements of the Society.
I am also looking forward to summer and the end of the academic year. I will be celebrating my daughter’s “graduation” from kindergarten and son’s completion of second grade when the school year concludes the first week of June. With the snow in Minnesota finally gone, I am also celebrating the warmer weather and start of the recreational baseball season. I have enjoyed watching my son’s baseball team and look forward to cheering on both my children in their soccer games later this summer.
As the fiscal year is quickly coming to a close, I wish you well in your final exams of the academic year, upcoming travels and a lifetime of opportunity in your future endeavors.
FY13 SWE President