STEM Forward celebrated its 59th Annual Engineers Week Banquet on February 16, 2012 at the Italian Conference Center. Honored at the event were:
- 2011 Engineer of the Year: Richard Bub, Board Chairman at GRAEF
- 2011 Young Engineer of the Year: Dr. John LaDisa, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University
- Spirit of STEM: GE Healthcare.
The first place winners of the 2012 Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition, Team Hyperion from St. Mary Parish, spoke about their competition experience and how it will influence their futures. One student, Thomas Chelius, already has plans to attend a Project Lead The Way high school to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer. The team flew to Virginia last week and took first place at the National Competition! Congratulations to them on their awesome win!
Keynote speaker, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Mark Gottlieb, spoke on the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission. The commission is used to assess the state's transportation needs and how to finance them. The secretary discussed its work to date and the framework that might be used to make recommendations to the Governor and legislature in the future.
The evening also featured for the first time, a silent auction and a Future City Competition display from the second place regional winners, Team Natura Provizi, from St. Alphonsus.