STEM Forward's Engineers Week Banquet is a celebration of excellence in STEM as the Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, and Spirit of STEM Awards are presented. Held annually in February in conjunction with National Engineers Week, this banquet also features an outstanding STEM keynote speaker and local students.

Save the Date! STEM Forward's 66th Annual Engineers Week Banquet


5:15 p.m.:     Cocktail Hour, Future City Competition Exhibit
5:30 p.m.:     Silent Auction
6:15 p.m.:     Dinner
6:45 p.m.:     Awards Program

DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
TIME: 5:15 to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Ave., Milwaukee

Now Calling Nominations for 2018 Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year

STEM Forward has presented an Engineer of the Year award since 1953 and a Young Engineer of the Year (under 40) award since 2001. Both awards recognize an outstanding contributor to the engineering profession in southeastern Wisconsin. 

We're accepting nominations for the 2018 Engineer of the Year and 2018 Young Engineer of the Year. Nominees must be from the Milwaukee 7 region and/or have worked in the area for at least five years. Nominations are due December 14, 2019. (Click the button below, then download the form to access the editable pdf.)

2019 Keynote Speaker:
Vince Bertram, President & CEO of Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

STEM Forward is pleased to welcome Vince Bertram, President & CEO of Project Lead The Way as our 2019 keynote speaker!

Education has been a constant driving force in the life of Vince Bertram. Growing up in Indiana, it was Vince’s teachers who inspired him. So, after graduating from Ball State University, he headed back to school as an educator to make a difference for students, much like his teachers had done for him.

Vince served as a principal, assistant superintendent, and finally superintendent of Indiana’s third-largest urban school district. He drew state and national recognition for his leadership and the unprecedented accomplishments of the school districts that he served.

In 2011, Vince joined Project Lead The Way to make a difference for students across the United States. Today, Vince provides strategic direction, organizational development, guidance, and support to PLTW’s talented team, as well as educators and leaders across the country.

His success and leadership have led to numerous appointments and awards. In 2014, the U.S. Department of State named Vince as the education expert for its United States Speaker and Specialist Program. The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, appointed Vince to the congress-authorized STEM Education Advisory Panel in 2018. He was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana State Board of Education and was reappointed by Governor Eric Holcomb, and he serves on the Olin College of Engineering President’s Council. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels named Vince a “Distinguished Hoosier,” and his colleagues at the Harvard Graduate School of Education honored him with the “Intellectual Contributions and Faculty Tribute” award for his contributions to the intellectual life at the university. In 2013, the Milwaukee School of Engineering honored Vince with an honorary doctoral degree, and in 2017, Ball State University awarded him their highest award bestowed upon alumni, the “Distinguished Alumni Award”. In 2018, Vince received the National Instruments Innovations in STEM Award.

Vince holds an Ed.D, MS, Ed.S, and BS degrees from Ball State University, a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University, and MBA degrees from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School. He also earned an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. 

Vince has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and other national publications, and is a New York Times bestselling author with his books, “Dream Differently: Candid Advice for America’s Students” and "One Nation Under-Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis.”

Thank you to everyone who attended the event at the Italian Community Center on Feb. 15, 2018!

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