Skip to content »

CEF Sponsors Washington Awards

Chicago Engineers Foundation (CEF) was honored to be a first-time sponsor of the Washington Award presentation on February 28, 2020.  CEF leaders including President Erik Cempel, Board member Deborah Hodges and Executive Director Debbie Birrell attended the event on behalf of Chicago Engineers Foundation.  CEF hosted an exhibit table at the event that included Incentive Award information for students in attendance as well as volunteer and outreach opportunities for attending engineers.

The  Washington Award is conferred upon an engineer(s) whose professional attainments have preeminently advanced the welfare of human kind. The Western Society of Engineers presents the award annually in collaboration with the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers; and the American Nuclear Society.  A highlight of the event is the presentation to students who attained awards at several regional and national STEM-related competitions.

The 2020 honoree is Dr. Richard Berger of Rush University.  As a mechanical engineer and medical doctor, Dr. Berger has made incredible accomplishments in hip and knee replacement surgery, making it possible for his patients to walk just two hours after surgical procedures.

Thank you to the Western Society of Engineers, the presenting professional associations, and Christopher B. Burke Engineering for the opportunity to be part of this special evening to celebrate engineering, and future engineers, in Chicago.