Engineers in the country yesterday came together in an luncheon organized by the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) .The event hosted at the Sarova Panafric brought together engineers from the Engineers Board of Kenya, Consulting engineers among other long serving engineers in the country.
The annual event which allows engineers to meet and discuss on matters of national interest touching on engineering kicked off with a welcome speech by the current IEK chairman, Eng.J.M Riungu. Eng. Riungu recognized the presence of particular engineers some of whom have been key leaders in the engineering sector. He noted the increase in number of engineers attending the luncheon as compared to others in the past and urged the engineers to participate more in such events among others involving engineers.
In his remarks, Eng.Riungu also urged engineers to exercise high level of professionalism as they practice so as to produce quality standards in the country.
The welcome speech was later followed by awards presentation as is custom for the institution to award outstanding engineers.
The fist award was given to Eng.A.A McCorkindale after a read out citation of him by Prof.Gichanga.The award was presented to the engineer by S.K Kamau, who was also the chief guest of the event in honor of his excellent services that he had rendered to the institution.
One of the significant awards given during such events is the Engineer S.M Kaburu memorial award which is given to an engineer who has given remarkable service to the engineering industry. The award was handed to Eng.S.M.Kamau by Eng.D.M Wanjau. Another award given is Kano Bridger which is awarded to an outstanding young engineer.
The awards which are given every year are awarded to selected engineers from a list of nominated engineers. Engineers are encouraged to submit their names or nominate candidates by forwarding their names to the council.
Other awards were given to Eng.Magit, Eng.Mosonik and Eng.Joseph Njoroge for their appointments in the government.
This then followed a speech by Eng.S.M Kamau who spoke on the different sectors that involved engineering in the country and what was happening. He urged engineers to get involved in investments and take on the chances that the new developments in the country were offering. He pointed that engineers had a major role to play in regard to the country’s Vision 2030 as most of the major projects would require engineer’s involvement.
To mark the closure of the luncheon, the institution had prepared a birthday cake for Eng.McCorkindale to commemorate his 90th birthday. He was supposedly the eldest engineer in the room.
The event was sponsored by Kenya Power.