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Engineering Focus: E-Week Luncheon

Engineering Focus was the annual kick-off to National Engineers Week in Chicago. This year’s luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago was an exciting opportunity for professionals, educators, and students to be inspired and celebrate the future of engineering.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Andrea R.H. Cheng, P.E. 

Commissioner-Department of Water Management, City of Chicago

Andrea R. Holthouse Cheng P.E., Ph.D. is the Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Water Management. She has 16 years of experience in the department, where she has worked in every aspect of the purification and distribution process.

Cheng has overseen multiple, large scale research projects related to corrosion control of lead and managed capital plan projects like the $15 M construction of the new Water Purification Labs. She developed the nation’s largest 311 lead kit sampling program and the city’s water filter distribution program. She is also managing the development and implementation of the multi-year, multi-billion- dollar plan to replace the almost 380,000 residential lead service lines in Chicago.

Cheng is a nationally recognized expert on issues related to water quality and has been published 40 times on the subject. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Class A Public Water Supply Operator with a BS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MS and a Ph.D. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Important Safety Information

All guests must wear masks while not actively eating or drinking, and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend this event. In accordance with a City of Chicago and Cook County mandates, anyone over the age of 5 must provide proof of vaccination. Guests are requested to bring their vaccination card or an electronic copy to present to staff upon entering the Union League Club of Chicago.

These rules are subject to change according to Chicago and Cook County mandates.