|Calling All Engineers
to get involved in Chicagoland Engineers Week. This year’s observance may be one of the most influential gatherings in history.
Members of more than 30 engineering societies will gather in the Chicago area to honor the profession and network with other professionals and civic leaders. At the same time, they will be introduced to a new generation to the field of engineering.
2013 presentation of Washington Award Recipient honors The Honorable Kristina M. Johnson. Dr. Johnson is being recognized for her contributions in optics, engineering education, service as an Under Secretary in the Department of Energy, and her innovative leadership in energy
Kristina M. Johnson is Chief Executive Officer of Enduring Hydro, a clean energy company based in Washington, DC. She served as Under Secretary of Energy at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. from May 2009 until October 2010. Prior to her appointment as Under Secretary, Dr. Johnson was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University (September 2007 to April 2009), and Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from July 1999 until September of 2007. She received her B.S. (with distinction), M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder's faculty in 1985 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 1994. From 1994 to 1999 Dr. Johnson directed the NSF/ERC for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.
Named an NSF Presidential Young Investigator in 1985 and a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in 1991, Dr. Johnson's academic awards include the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics (1993) and the John Fritz Medal (2008), widely considered the highest award in the engineering profession. Previous recipients of the Fritz Medal include Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Orville Wright. Dr. Johnson was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2003), and received the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the ARCS Foundation Eagle Award for science and education (2009), and the Woman of Vision Award for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2010). Dr. Johnson has published 142 refereed papers and proceedings and holds 45 U.S. patents (129 U.S. and international patents) and patents pending, and has received honorary degrees from University of Alabama at Huntsville, Tufts University and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Recognized for her work in technology transfer and entrepreneurship by the States of Colorado and North Carolina (1997, 2001); she received the 2010 Milton Steward Award from the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC), and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, International Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of Boston Scientific Corporation, African Wildlife Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute, AES Corporation and Cisco Systems. She also co-founded several companies, including Enduring Energy, SouthEast Techinventures, and ColorLink, Inc., which was sold to RealD, and is responsible for 3D optical effects in movies such as Avatar, Monster House, Chicken Little , Meet the Robinson's, Hannah Montana and others.
The Chicagoland Engineers Week Committee invites you to celebrate National Engineers Week 2013 in Chicagoland. Join us as we celebrate the profession's contribution to our quality of life and reach out to our community's next generation of innovators.
Engineers week will be February 17-23, 2013. The Washington Award Banquet will be Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the University Club of Chicago.
Congressman Lipinski Recognizes National Engineers Week - click here to see.
Vision of Chicagoland Engineers Week:
- Stimulate junior and senior high school students to consider careers in engineering, especially through hands-on school projects
- Highlight the contributions of engineers to the well-being of society, especially in Chicagoland.
Engineers work behind the scenes to help improve the quality of life in our communities. Their work isn't always visible, but we count on them for a number of different services. The water we drink is purified by engineering processes. The structure of our houses, the utilities and lighting were enhanced by engineering. Anything our earth's residents use and exist with relies on engineering to make it happen.
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Realizing Our Vision
Last year hundreds of middle to high school aged students participated in a variety of mathematic and science programs and competitions. Fifty of the top achievers get to attend the Chicagoland Engineering Awards Benefit where they will get the opportunity to rub elbows with esteemed engineers such as Martin Cooper, as well and receive awards and the accolades of hundreds of teachers, parents and other students at the gathering.
Many who participate in an Engineers Week program will go on to a career in engineering. And those who don't will have caught a glimpse of the important work engineers do and the career heights they can achieve.
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