STEM Forward celebrated its 57th Annual Engineers' Week Banquet at the Italian Community Center on February 11, 2010.  Over 150 guests attended to honor the Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year, Dr. G.E. Otto Widera, Professor and Senior Researcher at Marquette University, and Dr. Russ Meier, Associate Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Van Walling & Dr. G.E. Otto Widera

Van Walling & Dr. G.E. Otto Widera

Van Walling & Dr. Russ Meier

Van Walling & Dr. Russ Meier

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Also honored was Ricardo Barillas, the 2009 President's Distinguished Honor Award recipient for his service and dedication to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Tom Metcalfe, Project Director and Vice President of We Power LLC., served as keynote speaker and spoke about the engineering and construction challenges We Power faced in building the Elm Road Generating Station--Wisconsin's largest-ever privately funded infrastructure project.

The 2010 Wisconsin Regional Future City winning team, St. Mary Parish School of Hales Corners, also spoke about their experience in the Future City Competition and their gratitude for all that engineers do in the world.  "This has taught me that cities would not run smoothly without engineers," explained Tyler Nettesheim.  The team went on to travel to the National Future City Competition in Washington D.C. the following Saturday.

We would like to thank all those who helped us celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees, Dr. G.E. Otto Widera and Dr. Russ Meier.  Nominations for the 2010 Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year will be available in October, 2010.