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Thirty-four Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology seniors became a part of the Order of the Engineer in a ceremony April 15 in Stocker Center.
During Tuesday’s ceremony, the inductees accepted the “Obligation of the Engineer” by pledging to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth. Dean Dennis Irwin then presented each with a stainless steel ring, traditionally worn on the little finger of the working hand.
The Order of the Engineer organization was founded 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.
“It’s a symbol of our hard work for the last four years,” said senior mechanical engineering major Talli Topp. “It’s saying that we are engineers. It was the first time we could be addressed as fellow engineers.”
Mechanical engineering senior Kyle Walker said the national designation as an engineer gave him a sense of responsibility as he prepares to graduate.
“I’m actually taking the pledge to work for good and to do things with all the knowledge that I’ve learned so far,” he said.
After his internship this summer with Chrysler, Walker plans to work in the automotive industry.
“I want to make things more efficient and safe at the same time, while setting standards high,” he said.
To close the ceremony, Irwin offered inductees advice on gearing their careers toward ethical choices rather moving up the corporate ladder.
“At the end of your career, because it will end, you won’t care much about the goods and the status,” he said. “You’ll care about the difference you’ve made.”
He encouraged the future engineers to work on something because they believe in its ability to improve the world.
“I know that for me, my satisfaction is that I have had the opportunity to help, incrementally, create something that benefits people and something that will last,” he said. “However you interpret it, go out and create for good.’”