Wednesday, October 19, 2016

PSEC Awards - Call for Nominations from SWE PNW!

It’s time to recognize the accomplishments of our outstanding members!

The Puget Sound Engineering Council offers 7 annual awards, which are summarized at the end of this post.

Please help us identify deserving SWE members by November 16, 2016. Submit your suggestions to with the subject "PSEC Award Nomination: Award Name" and include the following:
  • Your name/email
  • The potential nominee’s name/email (can be self-nominating)
  • A brief description of why the potential nominee deserves the award
Our committee will consider all submitted and nominated SWE PNW members, following up as needed to gather more information. We'll select one SWE PNW nominee per award and work with that nominee to complete the official PSEC Awards Packet.

These awards will be presented at the PSEC Engineering Awards Banquet at the Museum of Flight on February 11, 2017. You can view past winners on PSEC’s website:

We look forward to helping our members apply for these great PSEC awards!

Academic Engineer of the Year
  • Has significantly advanced the state of the engineering art.
  • Has actively participated in interposing new technologies in society.
  • Has actively participated in improving the level and scope of engineering education

Government Engineer of the Year
  • Has contributed significantly in the application of engineering principles in Local, State, or Federal Government projects.
  • Has led in improving the application of technology for public benefit.
  • Has actively participated in improving the effectiveness of the engineering profession.
Industry Engineer of the Year
  • Has contributed significantly to the application of engineering in industry.
  • Has shown leadership in advancing or improving the industrial process.
  • Has demonstrated use of engineering to minimize environmental impacts.

Kenneth W. Porter Award
  • Has shown strong concerns for exposing young people (K-12) to engineering type of education. Please note: exposing young people beyond high school is a bonus but must have at minimum exposed K-12 to be qualified for this award.
  • Has to have shown through ceaseless efforts at E-week Fairs, Career guidance presentations, teacher coaching sessions and other opportunities; a drive and facility to deliver engineering type education to the classrooms.

K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher Award
  • Has actively worked in promoting and advancing STEM Engineering related education at the local K-12 level for 5 or more years.
  • Has worked closely with local engineering societies on STEM Engineering related education
  • Has performed exceptional activities towards improving K-12 STEM Engineering related education

WSPE Professional Engineer of the Year

  • Nominee is a professional engineer.
  • Has made significant contributions in the application of engineering to meeting community needs.
  • Has significantly advanced the art of engineering.
  • Has actively participated in community affairs and technical societies.

Young Engineer of the Year
  • The nominee must be under 35 years of age, between three and six years past the date of graduation, with a baccalaureate degree in Engineering, and must be a member of one of the Puget Sound Engineering Council member societies.
  • The nominee should show professional society participation such as serving as a committee member or officer, or providing support at society meetings or conferences.
  • The nominee should show progress in professional experience and attainments, and show progress towards or show registration as a professional engineer.

FY17 Awards Committee Call for Volunteers!

We're kicking off a new committee for FY17: the SWE PNW Awards Committee! Keep reading to learn more and where we can use your help!

Committee Description
This committee is responsible for identifying, evaluating, and selecting member candidates for various awards. This includes working with potential nominees to develop application packages for Region and National level awards, as well as award with PSEC and potentially around the Seattle area from other organizations.

SWE PNW Awards Program
This committee is also responsible for the annual SWE PNW Section Level awards program, which includes both section member and leadership nominated awards. These awards recognize SWE PNW members who exemplify the SWE mission at the local/section level. In FY16, SWE PNW launched of slate of awards and we plan to continue these in FY17.

Member's Choice
A peer-nominated award that recognizes a SWE PNW member for their work with the Section. Nominated by a current SWE PNW member; final selection made by the SWE PNW Leadership Team
Most Valuable Person (MVP)
Person that made a significant impact on Section leadership, development, or growth. Formally nominated by members of the SWE PNW leadership with suggestions from committee/section member.
Volunteer of the Year
Person that actively participated in or planning outreach events sponsored by SWE PNW. Formally nominated by members of the SWE PNW leadership team with suggestions from committee/section member.
Volunteer of the Year (Professional Development)
Person that actively planned, supported, and executed social, networking, and/or professional development events. Formally nominated by members of the SWE PNW leadership team with suggestions from committee/section member.

Call for Volunteers!
We are looking for Awards Chair to lead the committee members! The Chair would take the lead of the committee, working with Kalyani Mallela as the Section Rep responsible for the Awards.

We are also looking for individuals to join the committee. While the Chair will set the final committee structure, some of the potential committee roles we are looking to fill are:
  • SWE National Awards Application Lead
  • SWE Region Awards Application Lead
  • SWE PNW FY17 Section Awards Program Lead & Team Members
  • Industry Awards & Relations Liaison
  • PSEC Awards Lead
If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Awards Committee, please let Kalyani know and email her at We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Would you like to do an interview with Klispun Magazine?

Guest Contributor: Sarah Sharp

Hello SWE PNW!

My name is Sarah Sharp, and I'm a writer for Klispun Magazine, a publication produced by Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

I'm writing an article about women in engineering, in light of a new research study that will look into why certain predominantly Muslim countries have a greater percentage of women in engineering than the United States.

I would love to interview any SWE PNW member to talk about these statistics, the mission of SWE, or even your chosen profession.

The interview (which could be over the phone) will most likely be 15-20 minutes, especially if you want to keep it short. Otherwise, I would be happy to interview you as long as you want to talk.

I can provide the questions ahead of time. And I would like to talk with several people if possible.

My final deadline is Monday, October 17, so I would appreciate talking to people before then if possible.

Please contact me if you are interested in being interview. I appreciate your help on this!

Thank you,
Sarah Sharp