56th Annual QCESC Banquet
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Putnam Museum & Science Center
1717 W 12th St, Davenport, IA 52804
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED – COMING SOON
REGISTER NOW COMING SOON
Link to sign up for a display during social hour or to donate an item for silent auction
Everyone is cordially invited to attend this annual premier event to celebrate, network and showcase the great Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Professionals and Educators in the Quad Cities region. We also award scholarships to high school students wanting to pursue post-secondary STEM education and careers.
The QCESC is excited to partner with the Putnam Museum & Science Center to provide an interactive and innovative event that includes more networking time, STEM displays by students, technical societies and educational institutions, entry into Science Center with 40+ interactive displays, a special visit from Dr. Jeff Weld PhD of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Council who is currently working as Senior Policy Advisor and Assistant Director for STEM Education at the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House and KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Tomas Gonzalez-Torres from Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, Former NASA Flight Director, Iowa Space Grant Consortium Assistant Director.
The program will be in the spacious Putnam National Geographic Giant Screen Theater and will include the awarding of about $XX,000 to XX local students along with the annual Quad Cities STEM Awards for top Engineers, Scientists and STEM Teacher and Volunteer of the year.
$TBA or $XX per full-time students with ID. Includes movie and a great selection of heavy appetizers with punch, lemonade, and iced tea. A cash bar will be available.
- 5:00 PM Social with STEM related displays (see below list), access to the Putnam Museum Science Center with 40+ interactive displays, silent auction and networking. Heavy appetizers provided for attendees with cash bar and concessions also available
- 6:20 PM Seating in theater
- 6:30 PM Welcome, scholarships, STEM Professional awards, 2018 Order of Engineer Inductions
- 7:15 PM Intermission with networking with drinks and concessions; last Silent Auction Bids
- 7:45 PM Remarks by Jeff Weld, Iowa STEM Executive Director on his book “Creating a STEM Culture for Teaching and Learning”, which includes a chapter on the QCESC as best practice and his experience in Washington DC as the as senior policy advisor and assistant director for STEM Education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- 8:00 PM Keynote Presentation: Tomas Gonzalez-Torres from Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, Former NASA Flight Director, Iowa Space Grant Consortium Assistant Director
- 8:40 P.M. Results from Silent Auction
- 8:45 PM End of Event
Pre-Registration Required by 10:00 AM on Wed, February 21st at www.QCESC.org
For five years Tomas Gonzales-Torres held the position of Flight Director for the Mission Control Center at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Being one of less than 90 Flight Directors ever selected since the establishment of NASA in 1958, he had the responsibility & ultimate authority in Mission Control to ensure: the safety of the orbiting astronauts, safety of the International Space Station, and mission success. For this work, he was given the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal which is the second highest award NASA can bestow upon anyone.
Prior to being selected as a Flight Director Tomas worked in and managed the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) astronaut training department. For many years he was charged with developing lesson plans, teaching and certifying astronauts for spacewalks, and supervising from Mission Control during the mission spacewalks. The astronaut training he performed ranged from spacewalks in support of servicing the Hubble Space Telescope, assembly of the International Space Station, to the Space Shuttle repair after the Columbia accident.
Tomas has a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University where he is currently a Aerospace Engineering Lecturer. He lives in Boone, Iowa with his wife, Heather, and three children.
Dr. Jeffrey Weld, PhD
Jeff Weld, executive director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, has accepted a one-year role with the National Science Foundation and the University of Northern Iowa. In this position, Weld will serve as senior policy advisor and assistant director for STEM Education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and staff associate in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation.
Weld is a prolific author, focusing on surmounting impediments to high quality science teaching. His latest publication, the book, “Creating a STEM Culture for Teaching and Learning”, examines all aspects of the nation’s STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) movement. He channels the wisdom of professionals in education, business, and government to bring you the theory and policy behind nationally recognized education models for STEM. Whether you’re an educator, business professional, or policy maker, you can share Weld’s infectious enthusiasm as you extract best practices that will prepare students for the future.
Weld resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa with his wife Mary Kathleen Rovane Weld, and has two grown sons, Andrew (Madison) of St. Paul, Minnesota, and David of Austin, Texas.
Following STEM related displays are planned for the social along with nearly 40 items for our silent auction supporting STEM Scholarships.
If you need further assistance, send an e-mail to Qcesc.org@Gmail.com