Deadline Friday For ESD Gold Award Nominees

SOUTHFIELD — Nominations are due Friday, Dec. 5 for the Gold Award, the professional honor bestowed on one outstanding engineer or scientist each year by The Engineering Society of Detroit and its Affiliate Council.

Each year, each of the more than 100 ESD-affiliated professional and technical societies, which represent virtually all branches of engineering and science, is invited to submit a nominee from their ranks for the Gold Award.

Nominees should be of Detroit-area origin or education, and must have attained prominence in their engineering, science or technology related profession.

Nominees are judged based on a variety of criteria, including local and national activities in their professional society, industry honors, publications, the significance of their professional achievements, patents granted, and community and civic activities.

The technical or professional society making the nomination must be a member in good standing according to the bylaws of the Affiliate Council of The Engineering Society of Detroit.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, either by email to Elana Shelef, ESD Director of Corporate Engagement,, or in person at ESD Headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, Southfield 48076. For more information, visit or contact Elana Shelef at or (248) 353-0735, ext. 119.

The Gold Award honoree is recognized at an annual banquet. For 2015, the banquet will be held Wednesday, March 11 at Schoolcraft College’s VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road in Livonia.

The March 11 event begins at 5 p.m. with the Order of the Engineer ring ceremony, in which engineers are invited to take the Oath of the Engineer, pledging professional honesty and ethics. The Order was established in the United States in 1970 to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession and to give the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. A reception opens the public portion at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the awards program at 7:15 p.m.

At the banquet, the ESD’s Affiliate Council professional societies will also honor their top members with awards.

The cost of the banquet is $80 per person, $625 for a table of 8 prior to Feb. 11 ($720 after) or $1,200 for two tables of 8 prior to Feb. 11 ($1,440 after). The cost includes hors d’oeuvre, beer and wine, dinner and dessert.

The cost is $20 for those wishing only to participate in the Order of the Engineer ceremony.

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