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Engineers Dinner to address sustainable energy

Feb. 6, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences will join with 12 engineering societies from across Southwest Michigan for the 30th Annual Engineers Week Dinner Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Fetzer Center on the WMU campus.

Dr. Jay B. Newman, president of Optional Energy Partners Inc., will be the featured speaker. Newman, who has spent 34 years as a public school educator and administrator, will speak on the subject of "Sustainable Energy--Sustainable Communities."

The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $20 with reservations due by Friday, Feb. 13.

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Newman earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Augustana College and a master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University, where his primary field of study was environmental assessment, specifically focusing on algae. He earned his doctoral degree in educational administration from Vanderbilt University.

The dinner is held in observance of the 58th anniversary of National Engineers Week, an annual event organized by engineering societies to increase public awareness and appreciation of engineers and their work.

Before dinner, area high school students interested in engineering or related technologies and their teachers will attend a program at WMU's Parkview Campus, which will focus on several specific applications of engineering.

More information and reservation forms are available at ceas.wmich.edu/eweek or by calling the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at (269) 276-3253.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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