Engineering Banquet

Last Modified: March 25, 2022
by Dave

As part of our celebration of Engineering Week in February the PSEC holds an annual banquet where we present our Engineering of the Year awards. Awards are presented in the following categories:

• Academic Engineer of the Year
• Government Engineer of the Year
• Industry Engineer of the the Year
• Kenneth W. Porter Award
• K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher of the Year
• Young Engineer of the Year
• Professional Engineer of the Year

In addition to the awards presentation, we offer a keynote address on an engineering related topic. The awards and speakers are normally announced in December/January. Please visit this page in January to get updates and purchase tickets for the awards banquet.

Banquet Announcements

  • 64th Annual Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet

    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


    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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  • 2023 PSEC EoY Awards – Nominations Open

    It is time to recognize members of your societies. Download Award Nomination Instructions and Award Nomination Forms for the seven awards to be presented at the February 18, 2023 PSEC Engineering Awards Banquet at the Museum of Flight using the link below. Please identify deserving members of your societies and submit nominations to the Awards Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact me at

    John Schaufelberger
    2023 Awards Committee Chair

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  • 63rd Annual Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet Was Held

    63rd Annual Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the
    Museum Of Flight Skyline room

    “Space 2.0”
    Keynote Speaker was: Brent Sherwood
    Senior Vice President, BLUE ORIGIN
    See you Saturday February 18, 2023 for the 64th awards

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