Chris Butler, P.E., WVSPE President
The engineering profession has been front and center this quarter, between the various Engineers Week activities, the MATHCOUNTS student math competition, and the Construction and Design Expo. While it made for a busy schedule, these events provided a great opportunity for us to come together and celebrate our profession. I’d like to thank all of you that have participated in these events, and encourage those who haven’t to come join us in the future.
We want to use this exposure and this momentum to help spread awareness of both our profession and our Society. Showing prospective members that we provide value not only through seminars and trainings, but also through our strong sense of community and camaraderie is important. And with your continued support and participation, I’m certain we will.
Christopher S. Butler, P.E.
The West Virginia Construction and Design Expo was another huge event for our Society. Our booth was buzzing with visitors both days; we had a ton of PEs enter to win our iPad Mini, and we gave out almost all 100 of our WVSPE umbrellas on the first day! This year, we also had the honor of hosting NSPE Vice-President Harve Hnatiuk for his first ever visit to the Expo. He was kind enough to join us for our lunchtime Board Meeting on Thursday, and our members showed him around the Expo during his stay. He was also present as a guest of our Society during the PE and FE licensure ceremony held by the WV State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
We also sponsored two seminars this year: “People Ask the Most Interesting Questions – The Most Frequently Asked (and Answered) Questions from AISC's Steel Solutions Center” by the American Institute of Steel Construction, and “Building the First LEED Platinum Home in West Virginia” by WVSPE Board Member Charles “Chip” Pickering.
This year’s state MATHCOUNTS competition kicked off on Saturday, March 9 in Flatwoods, West Virginia. Students from middle schools around the region came to compete against one another in a variety of math challenges. Every participant was given a free MATHCOUNTS T-shirt, and the top performers were awarded prizes.
Kevin Wall, PE, a WVSPE Board member and WV State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator, says he always looks forward to MATHCOUNTS. “It’s an important event for our Society,” he said. “These kids are the future of our profession, and it’s nice to see them embrace math and have a lot of fun while they do it.”
You can find more information on the event here. Download Press Release
Engineers Week is a collection of great events that celebrate the positive contributions engineers make to society, and serves as a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. And this year’s E-Week was certainly no exception.
A celebration dinner was held on February 19 to honor the achievements of West Virginia collegiate engineering students. Local engineering companies and professional societies, including the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Council of Engineering Companies came together to award scholarships and celebrate the accomplishments of the next generation of engineers. Scholarship recipients include: Guy Jacob Cordonier and Wesley Vassar of WVU and Rachel Facemire, Coty Lusk, Haylie Ballard and Rachel Vass of WVU Tech.
Bridgemont Community and Technical College hosted its annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” event at the Clay Center on Thursday, February 21. “Girl Day” is a national movement that aims specifically to get girls involved in the modern world of engineering. They get to see first-hand the creative and collaborative processes of engineering and how engineers are changing our world. The event is designed to inspire girls into the study of science, technology, math and engineering through hands-on activities led by passionate role models.
Through these fun, engaging and informative events, the collaborative efforts of E-Week work together to celebrate and advance the engineering profession.