52nd Annual
QCESC  Banquet
Thursday, February 20th at The Lodge Hotel and Conference Center, Bettendorf, Iowa from 5:00-8:15 P.M.




Link to Pay online

Link to request to have a display during social hour or to donate an item for silent auction.


The 52nd Annual Banquet of the Quad City Engineering & Science Council will be held on Thursday, February 20th at The Lodge Hotel and Conference Center (900 Spruce Hills Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa) beginning at 5:00 P.M. with networking social hour, silent auction, displays, dinner, Order of the Engineer Inductions, scholarship presentations to high school students, annual awards and keynote speaker Donald Bossi, President of FIRST (an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, www.usfirst.org) .

The QCESC Annual Awards include Society of the Year, Junior and Senior Engineer and Scientist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, STEM Teacher of the Year and STEM Volunteer of the Year.

This banquet is held during National Engineers Week (www.eweek.org), and everyone is cordially invited to attend this premier, annual event to celebrate, network and pay tribute to the great Engineering and Science Professionals and Educators we have in the Quad City Region.  This includes supporting the next generation of Engineering and Science Professionals through supporting students with outreach to provide them with real world experiences.

During the social hour, there will be be silent auction and a number of displays expected from technical societies, Colleges & Universities, and student displays including from Project Lead the Way along with student teams from each of the four, FIRST® Robotics programs supporting students age 6-18 (K-12) .  

Link to request to have a display during social hour or to donate an item for silent auction.
  Registration: CLOSED
Link to Pre-Register On-line   (uses Google Docs) See Food Choices below
Advance reservations and payment are required by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - (No late reservations)
If you need further assistance in registering, send an e-mail to treasurer@qcesc.org
After registering on-line above, you need to separately pay via one of the two methods outlined below. (Paying on-line is preferred method)

1.  Paying on-line using PayPal or a Credit Card (secured transaction) by clicking on the "Add to Cart" link below for each rate you are registering someone for and when the screen appears, input the correct quantity and select update. When the information is correct - click on check-out to use a credit card or select PayPal.

Banquet price selection:

2.  Mail in a check prior to the banquet made out to “QCESC”. Mail your check to QCESC, PO Box 1166, Bettendorf, IA 52722-0020. RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR

Thursday, February 20, 2014
  5:00 PM Networking Social with cash bar with silent auction and displays
  6:00 PM Seating for dinner with opening remarks and pledge of allegiance
  6:10 PM Plated Dinner with Dessert
  6:30 PM Order of the Engineer 2014 Inductions (during dessert)
  6:45 PM Program with Awards and Scholarships
  7:15 PM Keynote Speaker:  Donald Bossi, President of FIRST
  8:15 PM End of the Event
  Note:  The cash bar will be available throughout the event.     
  The Lodge Hotel and Conference Center
900 Spruce Hills Drive
Bettendorf, Iowa
  Keynote Speaker:
  Donald E. Bossi
President,  FIRST
Speaking On:  "How do you spell success? F-a-i-l-u-r-e"
As President of FIRST, successful technology executive Donald E. Bossi brings deep technical and management skills to the organization. Bossi, who has excelled in a 20-year career with several high technology companies, primarily in the fiber optics field, is now anxious to give back and help develop the next generation of innovators.

Starting his career as a research scientist, first at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and then at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), Bossi was a part of an advanced project at UTRC which was acquired by JDS Uniphase (JDSU) and he moved to the new company. After a series of promotions at JDSU, he became Vice President and General Manager for JDSU Electro-Optics Products. The Division grew tenfold during his involvement there. Bossi next served as Group President of JDSU Active Components Group for two years, and then as Group President, JDSU Transmission Products Group for two years. In 2005, Bossi joined Technology Ventures Partners to work with their high-tech portfolio companies. While at the venture group, he served as the CEO of Aegis Lightware, Inc. and then as CEO of Inlet Technologies, positioning the company for a beneficial acquisition by Cisco. Most recently, Bossi served as the COO of CIDRA Holdings in Wallingford, Conn.

Bossi is the holder of four U.S. patents and author of numerous technical presentations. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has completed executive education courses at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He served on the Boards of Directors of several privately held companies, and is also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $19 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. 

For the 2013 - 2014 season, FIRST will reach 350,000 students in 80 countries supported by more than 130,000 volunteers and more than 3,5000 Sponsors which locally includes John Deere and Rockwell Collins.  In Iowa & Illinois, there are an estimated 12,000+ students participating on FIRST Teams.


  Food Options - 3 Choices:
  Option # 1
Iowa Pork Chop Center Cut served with an Apple Spice Chutney and Potato du Jour and Dessert with coffee or tea
Option # 2
Grilled Salmon Salmon Fillet grilled and served with Wild Rice and Dessert with coffee or tea
Option # 3
Chicken Saltimbocca (stuffed chicken breast) with ham and Swiss cheese, Potatoes and Dessert with coffee or tea

Note:  If you have special dietary requirements and are not able to eat one of the 3 choices above, please indicate this when you register and we will contact to find you an alternative.


$40 per Person
$30 per Person for full-time students with ID


Awards & Scholarships To Be Presented:


1.  Scholarships  to high school students enrolled  in Engineering or Science

2013 Scholarship Recipients (11 for $18,000)


2.  Society of the Year


3.  Junior and Senior Engineer and Scientist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, STEM Teacher of the Year, and new STEM Volunteer of the Year  

2013 Award Recipients


Induction Ceremony:
New Members into the QCESC Chapter of the The Order of Engineers Link # 271.



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