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Order of the Engineer

Local History: The QCESC Order of the Engineer Link #271 was established in 2011 with 3 original members. New members are inducted once each year at the annual National Engineer Week Banquet.

For Further Information: Contact Jeff Melvin Phone 309-227-3822

About: The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.

The first ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. Since then, similar ceremonies have been held across the United States at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and a stainless steel ring. The ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order.

The Order is not a membership organization; there are never any meetings to attend or dues to pay. Instead, the Order fosters a unity of purpose and the honoring of one’s pledge lifelong.

The Obligation is a creed similar to the oath attributed to Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) that is generally taken by medical graduates and which sets forth an ethical code. The Obligation likewise, contains parts of the Canon of Ethics of major engineering societies. Initiates, as they accept it voluntarily, pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

The Obligation of the Order of the Engineer is similar to the Canadian “Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer” initiated there in 1926. It uses a wrought iron ring, conducts a secret ceremony, and administers an oath authorized by Rudyard Kipling. The extension of the Ritual outside Canada was prevented by copyright and other conflicting factors. The basic premise, however, was adapted for the creation of the Order of the Engineer in the United States in 1970.

Further information is available on the Order of the Engineer website: http://www.order-of-the-engineer.org/

National Order of the Engineer Newsletters:




February 20, 2013 New Member Induction:
Left to Right: Anne Ryerson, Cynthia Krist, Carl Loweth, Brad Keleher, Joshua Drake, and Tom Richmond
Link to All 2013 Related Induction Pictures




March 2, 2012 Inductees:
Left to Right: Jeff Melvin QC Link Chair, Steve Mapley, Barry Murchie, Chris Hebel, and Chris Townsend



February 24, 2011 Initial Inductees:
Left to Right: Pat Barnes, Brenda Fry, and Jeff Melvin.


Link #271 Members:

February 26, 2016
Danielle Frank, ABS Engineer, Global Rolled Products, Center of Excellence at Alcoa, inducted 2016

February 2015
Jeffrey Richland – BSEE Northeastern U, inducted 2015
Judah Richardson – BSME Rice U, MSME U of Florida, inducted 2015
Harlan Chernoff – BSME Penn State, inducted 2015
Sir Walter Richardson – BSEE U of Memphis, inducted 2015
Monica Hurley – BSME US Naval Academy, inducted 2015
Kaley McLain – BSCE Missouri University of Science and Tech, inducted 2015
Nick Spencer – BSIE St. Ambrose U, inducted 2015

February 20, 2014
Luis Gaeta, – St. Ambrose U, inducted 2/20/14
Martin Valentine, P.E. – Michigan Technology U, inducted 2/20/14

February 20, 2013
Joshua Drake, Ph.D
Daniel Bradley Keleher, P.E.
Cynthia Krist
Carl Loweth, P.E.
Tom Richmond
Anne Ryerson

March 1, 2012
Chris Hebel
Steve Mapley
Barry Murchie
Chris Townsend

February 24, 2011
Pat Barnes
Brenda Fry
Jeff Melvin