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National Engineers Week 2011

The Washington DC area’s biggest annual engineering networking events took place during National Engineers Week (NEW), February 20-26, 2011. Each year, the DC Council of Engineer and Architect Societies (DCCEAS), the umbrella organizations uniting 32 professional and technical societies in our area, sponsors a mid-week, NEW Proclamation Luncheon and weekend, NEW Awards Banquet. As has been the tradition for many years, IIE Chapter provided Members with the opportunity to attend the affairs at a discounted rate.

“Innovation Opportunities in the Department of the Navy” was the topic of a presentation by Dr. Lawrence Schuette, PhD, at the February 23 luncheon held at the Pier 7 Restaurant. Dr. Schuette is the Director of Innovation in the Office of Naval Research. His organization’s portfolio includes high risk/payoff disruptive technology investments that are part of the Innovative Naval Prototypes and Swampworks projects.

“The Impact of Globalized Education on College Students” was the topic of Dr. Charles Nguyen speaking at the February 26 banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Silver Spring. Dr. Nguyen, Dean of Engineering, The Catholic University of America, began his presentation by examining the relative position of the US in the world engineering education outlook. The sobering statistics included such observations as 5% of American undergraduates are seeking engineering degrees compared to 46% of Chinese undergraduates. Dr. Nguyen’s suggestions for improving the global outlook in US engineering education included added emphasis on enrolling International Students and providing international exchange programs for US students.

Submitted by Richard Leshuk

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