According to a survey conducted by the Society of Allied Weight Engineers in 2018, organizations that design, build and/or operate aeronautical, marine, offshore or land vehicles need to promote the value of mass properties engineers within their organization to ensure vehicles can operate to their intended performance and safety parameters. Simultaneously, organizations must focus on replacing and transferring the knowledge and experience of mass properties engineers who will be leaving in large numbers in the next 5 to 10 years.
The aforementioned is the leading paragraph to a letter being distributed to the leaders in government and industry to promote the value of mass properties engineering, while also inviting them to learn more about SAWE and how SAWE can address the collective needs of those organizations who need competent mass properties engineers. The attached letter and accompanying enclosure have been distributed to the leadership of over 200 addressees worldwide. We want to increase the reach of this letter by asking you to share it with your fellow mass properties engineers and elevate this letter up your management chain to garner support for increased organizational awareness and involvement. We also encourage you to utilize this letter to secure financial support for attending the next SAWE International Conference in May in Norfolk, Virginia.
I just wanted to share with you that I had lunch recently with Suzanne Beckstoffer, the President-Elect of the International Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (the Marine version of AIAA). The objectives of that lunch were to compare and discuss challenges common within engineering organizations and professional societies, plus explore a potential relationship that could benefit both societies and its members.
I elected to have this exchange first with SNAME as opposed to AIAA or other professional societies because I had been a member of SNAME for nearly 40 years. Plus, Suzanne periodically worked alongside me over the years at Huntington Ingalls Industries. In addition, Suzanne was also mentored by the same person as I when we both entered the company a few years apart (yes, Darth Vader – See SAWE Winter Journal). We were reminded of that mentoring by Vader when we both were discussing how we learned the true value of being an active professional society member.
Anyway, Suzanne and I agreed to pursue a relationship between our societies, and she intends to next bring with her their Executive Director to our next meeting. I’ll be looking to do likewise.
We would like to congratulate Jeff Cerro on receiving the Peninsula Engineers Council 2018 Engineer of the Year. Attached is a letter from SAWE President Bill Boze on behalf of the SAWE Executive Board. We are proud as a society to have people like Jeff that go above and beyond every day, this award is very much deserved!