2018 PSEC Awards Nominations Open

November 7, 2017

It is time to recognize members of your organizations.  Below are the Awards Nomination Forms and instructions for completion for the seven awards to be presented at the February 10, 2018 PSEC Engineering Awards Banquet at the Museum of Flight.

Please identify deserving members of your organizations and submit nominations to the Awards Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact me at jesbcon@uw.edu.

Nomination Forms

Below are the nomination forms for each award a Guide for Preparation of Engineer-of-the-Year-Nominations is also shown below. Please provide the required information completely and concisely and follow the posted instructions . Limit nomination packages to 8 pages.

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Photos from 2017 Banquet are available

April 1, 2017

The photographs from the 2017 PSEC Banquet are available for viewing and purchase. Many thanks to Shelly Oberman for providing the photography.

Shelly Oberman's PSEC Banquet photo

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Gov Inslee Issues Engineers Week Proclamation

January 26, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24th Governor Jay Inslee of Washington issued this proclamation of Engineers Week February 19-24, 2017.

The PSEC invites you to celebrate Engineers Week by attending our Engineering Banquet on February 11th and our Engineers Fair on February 4th.

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2017 Banquet Keynote Speaker Announced

January 8, 2017

PSEC is pleased to host Chancellor Bjong Wolf Yeigh, University of Washington Bothell.as the keynote speaker at our annual Awards Banquet on February 11, 2017. The title of his address is “Lies, Damn Lies and Analytics?”


Bjong Wolf Yeigh is UW Bothell’s third chancellor. Prior to joining UW Bothell, Yeigh was professor and president of the State University of New York Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2013 where he secured over $200 million in economic development and institutional grants. Working in partnership with the University at Albany, a $240 million nanotechnology partnership was secured. Overseeing the largest expansion of the campus to date, he guided the building of more than $100 million in capital projects.

He previously held the position of vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Norwich University, engineering dean at Saint Louis University, and assistant provost for science and technology at Yale University. He was on the engineering faculty at Oklahoma State University.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Yeigh served as a tactical intelligence officer for Fighter Squadron Seventy-Four (VF-74) aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60) in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While on active duty, he completed Strike Lead Attack Training Syllabus (SLATS), Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), and Navy Electronic Officer Course.

He holds M.A. and Ph.D. in civil engineering and operations research and a graduate certificate in science and technology policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University; A.B. in engineering science from Dartmouth College. He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and serves on several national and state boards for engineering, economic development, public policy and education.

Tickets are available to attend the PSEC Awards Banquet.

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2017 Engineer of the Year Award Banquet

Puget Sound Engineering Council is happy to announce the 59th Annual Puget Sound Engineering Council’s Engineer of the Year awards banquet will be held Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Skyline Room at the Museum of Flight at the King County International Airport (Boeing Field). We invite you to join us for this unique opportunity to celebrate the profession of engineering and honor the achievement of our colleagues.

Come early and enjoy the complimentary access to the museum’s exhibits.

5:00 PM – Museum of Flight closes to public, but remains open to banquet guests. (Banquet ticket provides free admission throughout day.)
6:00 PM – Social hour, Skyline Room on museum second floor
7:00 PM – Banquet
7:45 PM – Keynote speech
8:30 PM – Awards
PSEC offers its sincere thanks to The Boeing Company, Sponsor of the 2017 Banquet.

Please purchase tickets on our EventBrite page.

If you have any questions, please send an email to banquet@pseconline.org.

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Governor’s Proclamation

February 4, 2016

The Governor has issued a proclamation in honor of Engineers Week. You may read it here.

2016 Governor Proclamation


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2016 Banquet Keynote Address

The banquet will be followed with a keynote address by Donald W. Ruhmann Director Airplane Engineering Integration
777X Program Commercial Airplanes Boeing Inc.

Donald Ruhmann

In May 2013, Don Ruhmann was named Director of Airplane Engineering Integration for the 777X Program. Ruhmann is responsible for leading Airplane Level Integration, Engineering Operations, Flight Sciences, Systems Engineering, Airplane Safety, Certification and Performance, Integrated Verification, Airplane Integration Office and Customer Engineering.

Prior to this assignment Ruhmann was the Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services for Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, and Africa. In this role, Don was the senior Boeing counterpart to Airline Technical and Operations Executives for post delivery technical and business issues.

Don’s previous assignments varied from in-service technical support, Aircraft On Ground (AOG) engineering support, and the 777 Program. He led Extended Operations (ETOPS) strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Programs as part of the Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) Regulatory Affairs organization. In this position, he also led the initial ETOPS certification program for the 787.

Prior to that Don was the 777 Fleet Support Chief where he was responsible for 777 fleet support strategy, including all 777 technical issues after the airplane is delivered. Following Don’s 777 Fleet Support Chief position, he was Director, 787 Propulsion Systems. In this position Don was responsible for Engineering, Supply Chain and Manufacturing for the 787-8 and 787-9 Propulsion Systems.
Ruhmann joined Boeing in 1989 as a liaison engineer. From 1989 until 1994, Don worked in Liaison Engineering with responsibilities ranging from wing line, body join, final assembly and flight line operations.

Ruhmann has a Master of Science in Applications of Physics from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. Don completed Executive Education at Columbia University in May of 2012. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and daughter.

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