ANGOLA, IN — Forty-nine seniors in Trine University’s Allen School of Engineering & Technology were inducted into the Order of the Engineer during a recent ceremony.
Local students who participated in the May 4 ring ceremony in Best Hall were:
Michael Becker of Wauseon, majoring in Chemical Engineering
Aaron Bruner of Wauseon, majoring in Mechanical Engineering
The ring ceremony is the public induction of candidates into the Order of the Engineer, a fellowship of engineers who are trained in science and technology and dedicated to the practice, teaching or administration of their profession.
During the ceremony, engineering students are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and a stainless steel ring is placed on the smallest finger of the working hand. The obligation is a formal statement of an engineer’s responsibilities to the public and to the profession. Both the order and the obligation serve to stimulate public recognition by engineers of two basic principles: that the primary purpose of the engineering profession is the protection of the public health, safety and welfare; and that all members of the engineering profession share a common bond.
“All of you are going to be very, very successful. Some of you are going to own your own business; some of you are going to be entrepreneurs,” Tim Tyler, Ph.D., associate dean of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology, said in remarks to the inductees. “All of you have an excellent future ahead of you.”
Darryl S. Webber, Ph.D., chair of the Wade Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, asked each pledge to come forward when he read their name. Then, each pledge placed his/her working hand through the 12-inch diameter opening of a ceremonial stainless steel ring and a ring was placed on the pinky finger by John Wagner, Ph.D., chair of the McKetta Department of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. Maria Gerschutz, Ph.D., chair of the biomedical engineering department, read about the origins of the Order of the Engineer.
A. Allen Hersel, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs, served as Chair of the Order of the Engineer.
Trine University conducted its first ring ceremony in November 1978.