2024 Engineer of the Year Banquet – May 4, 2024

March 24, 2024

The 2024 Engineer of the Year Banquet will be held at the Museum of Flight in the Skyline room on May 4, 2024, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

The featured speaker will be Jihui Yang, University of Washington, Vice Dean of Engineering, Kyocera Corporation Chair in Ceramic Engineering, Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Tickets are now available for purchase on Eventbrite.

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UW-Bothell Industry Mentor Night – Mentors Needed

February 29, 2024

UW-Bothell and PSEC will be holding an industry mentor night on April 3, 2024 (6:00pm – 9:00pm) at the UWB North Creek Event Center. Those interested in being a mentor for the event should sign up here

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2024 Engineering Fair – March 16

February 24, 2024

The 2024 Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair will be held at the Museum of Flight on March 16, 2024 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is open to Museum of Flight visitors.

Engineering societies and related organizations are encouraged to participate. Booths are now sold out.

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Engineer of the Year 2024 – Nominations Open

October 24, 2023

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 PSEC Engineer of the Year awards. Visit the PSEC Awards page for more information

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2 Oct 2023 Board Mtg Min

October 10, 2023

2 Oct 2023

PSEC hybrid Webex and at Razzis

Started at 6:01 pm

Sam Gheesling ASME
Andrew Gall SME
John Schaufellberger WSPE
George Bondor SAE
Lauren Lundquist INCOSE
Kelsi Bonner SWE

Approval of Sep Meeting Minutes
Minutes approved, John 1st, 2nd approved

Around the Room
AIAA:   need update, Space Suit Design10/19 Raisbeck HS, Dr. Shane Jacobs
ASM: Luis Leon, goal of 3-4 meetings this year, January meeting friction welding
SAMPE: Tiffany Tang, need update
WSPE:  John Schaufelberger,  10/17 Eastside Sound Transit, November on expansion of aquarium.
ASME: Sam Gheesling, no plans, working on their fall schedule, a couple of tours in November
ASCE:  Paul Grant, meeting planning in progress
ASHRAE: Kathi Shoemake, 10/18 Next Chapter Meeting
SME: Andrew Gall, Next meeting 10/31
SAE: George Bondor,  October 20 meeting will be KW, Mike Russel/Alec Cervenka, Low/Zero Emissions Kenworth trucks, noon virtual meeting, trying to schedule a November tour of the Sound Transit east side maint facility.
INCOSE: Lauren Lundquist, Next Workshop Organizational Readiness Levels, 10/13 8:00 am  https://www.incose.org/events-and-news/search-events/2023/10/13/default-calendar/incose-hsi-workshop-2023—seattle-wa-usa, Upcoming seminar in November as well
IEEE: Dave Bucher
IISE: John Szalai,  nothing on calendar
SWE: Kelsi Bonner, board meeting on 10/10, Outreach in November, Cider tour.
SEAW: Kyle Johnson

Treasurers Report
Boeing and Kenworth Banquet Sponsor commitments still due
Society dues announcement to sent out soon
Let Dave know if you have any website issues

Engineering 2024 Banquet
Sam has us penciled in for 4 May 2024 with MOF

Engineering 2024 Fair
16 Mar 2024 concurrent with ASCE popsicle stick bridge competition
Looking for a volunteer to shadow Andrew and take on Fair organization

Mentor nights
Seattle Colleges Networking STEM – Luis
Highline College – Luis
Green River – Luis
Seattle U doing their own thing. Here is their sign up form if you are interested
UW Bothel – Andrew
North Seattle C College – Andrew
Shoreline College – Andrew
Bellevue College – Andrew
WWU – SAMPE may have a Professor contact, Tiffany?
St Martins – would probably be virtual,

We have a combined list of notes taken at the workshop. They include many innovated ideas that local professional societies use to generate interest and insure successful organizations

We need new blood on our board

This year’s PSEC Officers slate is:
Past President: Kathy Shoemake
President:  Andrew Gall
Treasurer: David Butcher
Secretary:  George Bondor

Still looking for
President Elect
Need a webmaster
Need Engineering Fair chair
K-12 Activities Chair

Meeting ended at 6:33 pm

Next meeting 6 Nov 2024

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2023 Inter-Society Officers Workshop

May 2, 2023

Register Here

The PSEC Inter-society officer’s workshop (ISOW) brings together volunteer leaders from all PSEC member societies. The objective of the workshop is to share best practices for running our volunteer lead professional societies. Each year three topics are chosen for discussion during the workshop. The topics change each year to encourage continued participation and the timeliness of the topic. Roundtable sessions of 30-40 minutes allow participants to discuss and share experiences focused on a topic.

When: Saturday – June 3rd, 2023, 10:30am – 2:00pm

Where: University of Washington Facility, 7543 63rd Ave NE, Building #5, Bay B, Seattle, WA 98115-8116

Refreshments will be provided (please register using the link above for planning)


All Officers (current & incoming) from all PSEC engineering Societies are invited to come and exchange ideas with Officers from each of the other local engineering Societies. This is a free, annual event for all PSEC member Societies.

All PSEC reps. should attend & try to also bring 2-3 other Officers from your local engineering Society.


Three 30-40 minute discussion sessions will follow a brief overview of PSEC & the planned program year.

There will be a short break for snacks & beverages (being provided), between sessions.

Discussion Topics:

1. Membership, recruiting young members: (i)how do we ensure continuation of student members into senior chapters? (ii) How do we engage young members as leaders? (iii) How do we define the value of volunteering?

2. How do we combine and improve communications between groups?: (i) Zoom and post Covid Meetings. (ii) How we get better engagement from other societies? (iii) Combining meetings and working together?

3. How do we onboard the next generation of leaders, sustaining and codifying?: (i) Where do you store this information and how do you hand off? (ii) Historical information storage process? (iii) Organizational charts, process documents, drop boxes?

Typed summaries of the discussions will be prepared later and sent out.

Please RSVP if you can attend (or contact with any questions)

Andrew Gall (206)390-6647


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Green River College – Mentor Night, April 12th, 2023

March 24, 2023

Hi Mentors,

MESA  and PSEC are hosting the next Science and Engineering Mentor Night at Green River College on April 12, from 5:30-8:30pm. 

We are hoping to recruit professional scientists, technologists, and engineers from a variety of backgrounds; would you be interested in participating and/or do you know anyone else that might be interested?

If so, please sign up here or forward this link to interested colleagues: tinyurl.com/GRC-Mentor.


At this event you will be able to share your work and education experiences with our science, technology, and engineering students, giving them guidance as they prepare to become the next generation of STEM professionals.

The event is intended to be one-on-one to small group interactions, and no ongoing mentoring relationship is expected.  Food and refreshments will be provided. Mentors are encouraged to bring a sample of work that will fit on a 30″ x 30″ table top for potential discussion with the students.

Free food and beverages!

  • APRIL 12, 2023 | 5:30-8:30PM (CHECK-IN 5:00PM)
  • Green River Community College 12401 SE 320th St Auburn WA 98092
  • Questions? Email kschroeder@greenriver.edu or call me at 619-729-2559

Sincerely yours,

Luis Leon
PSEC Mentor Night Focal
Fellow – ASM International

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Sign-up Highline College, Des Moines Mentor Night, April 20th, 2023

March 15, 2023


Hi Mentors,

On Thursday, April 20th, the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) will be sponsoring a Mentor Night event at Highline College in Des Moines.

We like having a good variety of engineering disciplines, ages and both female and male role models. We need all fields of engineering and science.

All Puget Sound societies please forward this email note to those in your community who would love to be a mentor. Additionally, please appropriately forward this note to others who can support.

Through you, life changing decisions for the Highline College students on how engineering fits into their career path will be made. This Mentor Night event is always a lot of fun and provides the college students the chance to have their career questions answered.

Pizza and pop will be provided and separately, you will be getting a free parking voucher.

Sincerely yours,

Luis Leon, Fellow ASM International
Mentor Night Focal

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Governor Inslee proclaims February 19-25, 2023 Engineers Week

February 4, 2023

January 30, 2023 – Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed February 19-25, 2023 Engineers Week.

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64th Annual Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet

January 8, 2023

by Sam Gheesling
The President of PSEC and the Banquet Committee Chair invite you to attend the 64th Annual Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the Museum Of Flight
Skyline room
Doors Open – 5:00 PM
Social Hour – 6:00 PM
Dinner & Program – 7:00 PM
The Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-psec-engineering-awards-banquet-museum-of-flight-boeing-field-wa-tickets-513486029537

Kenworth 100th Anniversary
Keynote Speaker: Zach Slaton, Senior Assistant Chief Engineer (Embedded Systems)
Kenworth Truck Co.

Speaker Bio

Zach is the Senior Assistant Chief Engineer at Kenworth/Paccar providing strategic and tactical leadership of PACCAR’s Embedded Engineering team in North America.   The responsibility of this group includes concepting, designing, and developing the next generation of electronics architecture, hardware, and software for DAF, Kenworth, and Peterbilt trucks.

Zach holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science Carnegie Mellon University and Master of Science Purdue University.  Zach is also a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.

Prior to his 15-year career at Kenworth, Zach was a Diesel Engine Design Engineer at Ford.

Zach has also contributed to Forbes with a number of statistically based articles about Major League and English Premier League Soccer and is an avid Sounders fan.


Kenworth Truck Company

Founded in Seattle 100 years ago Kenworth has provided the World’s Best Truck formed on its rugged roots developed on the logging roads of the Northwest.  Today Kenworth, a division of another Seattle Company PACCAR, drives innovation  providing high fuel economy trucks purpose built to deliver value to their customers.  Currently Kenworth and her sister division DAF and Peterbilt are developing cutting edge zero emission vehicles.  PACCAR is also working on advanced driver systems to improve truck safety and connected solutions to improve truck uptime.

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