53rd Annual
QCESC  Banquet
Thursday, February 26th at John Deere's Worldwide Headquarters,
One John Deere Place, Moline, Illinois form 5:00-8:15 P.M.



The 53rd Annual Banquet of the Quad City Engineering & Science Council was held on Thursday, February 26th at John Deere's Worldwide Headquarters (One John Deere Place, Moline, Illinois) beginning at 5:00 P.M. with networking social hour, silent auction, displays including by students, dinner, Order of the Engineer Inductions, scholarship presentations to high school students, annual awards and guest speaker.  Our very special, inspiring keynote speaker will be William White, Midwest Regional Vice President for Project Lead the Way who played 11 years in the NFL including in the Super Bowl, attended Ohio State University with a degree in metallurgical engineering.

The QCESC Annual Awards include Society of the Year, Junior and Senior Engineer and Scientist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Teacher of the Year and STEM Volunteer of the Year.

This banquet is held during Engineers Week (E-week), and everyone is cordially invited to attend this premier, annual event to celebrate, network and pay tribute to the great Engineering and Science Professionals and Educators we have in the Quad City Region.  This includes supporting the next generation of Engineering and Science Professionals through supporting students with outreach to provide them with real world experiences.

During the social hour, there will be be silent auction and a number of displays expected from technical societies, Colleges & Universities, and student displays including from Project Lead the Way along with student teams from each of the four, FIRST Robotics programs supporting students age 6-18 (K-12) .  

Link for a display during social hour or to donate an item for silent auction.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

  5:00 PM Networking Social with cash bar with silent auction and displays
  6:00 PM Seating for dinner with opening remarks and pledge of allegiance
  6:10 PM Plated Dinner with Dessert
  6:30 PM Order of the Engineer 2015 Inductions (during dessert)
  6:45 PM Program with Awards and Scholarships
  7:15 PM Keynote Speaker:  Midwest Regional Vice President for Project Lead the Way
  8:15 PM End of the Event
  Note:  The cash bar will be available during the social hour  
  John Deere World Headquarters
One John Deere Place
Moline, Illinois

Parking:  Park in the lot on the east side of the headquarters and enter through the east entrance .
Link to satellite image with parking lots and entrance shown.  Please note that the roadway around the headquarters is one way with travel in a counter clockwise direction only.
  Keynote Speaker:
  William White
Midwest Vice President, Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Speaking On:  "Pursue Your Dreams, Prepare for Reality "

William White will share his inspiring, personal journey and how he overcame obstacles. This including growing up in a rough neighborhood in Ohio with his six older siblings. With his life filled with opportunities to prove people wrong and being a competitive person he accepted an educator’s challenge to be the best at everything – whether in the classroom or on the field. With many US children spending their evenings at sport practice and dreaming of becoming a professional athlete with 99% not making it, he will discuss how any student that takes a rigorous STEM program, majors in STEM and maintains a healthy GPA will have the opportunity for an in-demand career that pays well and supports a successful life like his.

William White received his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He played on Ohio State's football team starting at cornerback from 1984 to 1987 and team captain in 1987. He was awarded the Academic All-Big Ten and Best Student Athlete/Arnie Chonko Award in 1986 and 1987 and the Dr. St. Pierre Award, Metallurgical Department in 1991. White was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1988 and played professionally for 11 years. He ended his career with the Atlanta Falcons after Super Bowl XXXIII, where he led the team with 13 tackles. He has served on the board of “Athletes in Action,” “Big Ten Conference Advisory Commission,” “Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary” and currently the Men’s Varsity “O.”

From 2001 - 2010, White served as a director of Trazer Technologies Inc., a world leader in the use of computer-based simulation for the improvement of health, physical performance and fitness of everyone. He is also a founding member of Traq Ltd., a new fitness center primarily focused on addressing the childhood obesity crisis. 

From 2010-2012, William served as the Development Director for the College of Engineering at Ohio State University responsible for the recruitment of high school seniors for the program.  In 2012, William was appointed as the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Vice President for the Midwest Region (10 states including Illinois).

About  Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project- , problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 6,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses reaching hundreds of thousands of students and over 19,000 teachers. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.

PLTW is offered in most all of the Quad City area school districts including: Clinton, Davenport Community Schools, Maquoketa, Muscatine, North Scott, Pleasant Valley, Moline, East Moline and Rock Island.



1.  STEM Scholarships to Quad City area high school seniors

2014 Scholarship Recipients (15 for $24,000)



2.  Society of the Year


3.  Junior and Senior Engineer and Scientist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, STEM Teacher of the Year, and STEM Volunteer of the Year  

2014 Award Recipients


Induction Ceremony:
New Members into the QCESC Chapter of the The Order of Engineers Link # 271.

Information on Recent QCESC Banquets:
Date Location # Attendees Keynote Speaker Link
John Deere Worldwide Headquarters
(Moline, IL)
  William White
Midwest Vice President, Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
2014(2/20/14) The Lodge
163 Don Bossi, FIRST President & Jeff Weld, State of Iowa STEM Executive Director Photos
The Lodge
157 Dr. Vince Berstram, PLTW President & CEO Photos
QC Waterfront
292 Iowa Governor Terry Branstad & Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds Photos
Pre Event Info
2011 Putnam Museum
  Denise Bulat, Bi-State - Key Projects Including New I-74 Bridge Photos
2010 Arsenal Club
(Arsenal Island)
  Dr. Jeff Weld, Overview on STEM Flyer
2009 Radisson
  Dr. John Anfinson, National Park Service "A River Transformed:  The Upper Mississippi Before & After the Locks and Dams" With Henry Farnam Dinner Photos




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