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.
Richard Bub and President Judy Fassbender

Richard Bub and President Judy Fassbender

Dr. John LaDisa and Executive Director Rich Merkel

Dr. John LaDisa and Executive Director Rich Merkel

Board Director Sue Lunsford, Bill Berezowitz, Nada Abbott, and Board Director Brian Kost. 

Board Director Sue Lunsford, Bill Berezowitz, Nada Abbott, and Board Director Brian Kost. 

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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.