ECH Awards Banquet [Engineering, Science, & Technology Council of Houston]

You are cordially invited to join the Engineering, Science, & Technology Council of Houston for the 2019 Awards Celebration on Thursday,May 30, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.  It is also an opportunity to network with other volunteers and professionals involved in STEM education and STEM professional societies.



5430 Westheimer

Houston, TX 77056


RSVP BY Tuesday,May 28, 2019 5:00 PM to Sue Pritchett


(M) 281-451-6522


Keynote Speaker

Colonel Michael E. Fossum, USAFR, [Ret.] NASA Astronaut, COO, Texas A & M University at Galveston, Vice President, Texas A & M University, Executive Professor of Maritime Administration, Texas A & M University at Galveston.

Michael E. Fossum was selected as the Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG), and Vice President, Texas A & M University (TAMU) beginning March 1, 2017 following his retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – Johnson Space Center (JSC) in January 2017. Fossum, a veteran of three space flights who has logged more than 194 days in space, including more than 48 hours in seven spacewalks, served as an astronaut from 1998 until his retirement in 2017. He has logged more than 2,000 hours in 35 different aircraft.

Fossum was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in May 1980 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering and Physical Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the University of Houston – Clear Lake, respectively. Mike was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and grew up in McAllen, Texas. He is married to his Aggie sweetheart, the former Melanie J. London ‘80. They have four children and six grandchildren. He enjoys family activities, motorcycle riding and backpacking. Mike’s main hobby is serving as Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop.

Award Banquet Program


Reception Student Projects 5:30 PM
Welcome* Saud Memon 6:30 PM
Science Fair Winners Dr. Heather Domjan 6:35 PM
HMNS Summer Interns Dr. Carolyn Sumners 7:00 PM
Special Awards   7:20 PM
Keynote Speaker Colonel Michael E. Fossum 7:30 PM
Installation of Officers   8:45 PM
& Group Photo    

*Dinner will commence during awards


Evening Events

 The Reception will provide time for networking among Engineering, Science & Technology Council of Houston (ECH) member societies and industries regarding common interests and challenges. Area leaders in K-12 STEM Outreach will discuss opportunities for ECH member societies. In addition, Science Fair Grand Prize winners and Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) Summer Interns will display their exhibits and discuss their projects.

Dr. Carolyn Sumners will present the HMNS Interns for this summer and briefly discuss the annual intern program. HMNS appreciates the local science and engineering organizations, such as ECH, that support this program, and welcomes other societies to actively participate in this program. There are always opportunities for more summer internships. The interns research, build, and automate some of the permanent exhibits of the museum and planetarium. For example, they built the molecular models in the Chemistry Hall and developed the interactive Q&A on the associated touch screens. Interns also wrote the upgraded computer programming for the planetarium, the butterfly exhibit, and the live feed from the oceanographic research ship, Nautilus. They also conduct museum tours for students.

Highlights from Past ECH Annual Banquets

Science Fair Winners and their Exhibits at the ECH Banquet

HMNS Interns for Summer Interns and Dignitaries

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