Hinsdale Humane Society


HBK IMPACT volunteers participated in a pet day at the Hinsdale Humane Society on Saturday, February 1. Volunteers helped clean the facility, prepared animal treats, and had some time to exercise and pet the dogs.

The Hinsdale Humane Society, in operation since 1953, is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals.

HBK Employees Attend Cedar Rapids Metro Alliance Annual Meeting


HBK Engineering Division Manager Amy Ashbacker, Associate Manager Heath Lyle, and Designer Cal Tauber attended the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Annual Meeting on January 29. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke at the event, discussing successes of the past year and growing the Iowa economy in the next decade. Reynolds introduced the Invest in Iowa Act with funds to be used to support mental health services and water quality. She proposed spending $2 million to create a new state bureau to aid with school security. Also speaking at the event was Cargill CEO David MacLennon.


MSI Black Creativity Junior Science Cafe


HBK Engineering's Mustafa Muhammad and Edward Vizcaino led the MSI Black Creativity Junior Science Cafe on Thursday, February 13.

Mustafa and Edward introduced 70 high school students to engineering through hands-on activities. Mustafa spoke about the power generation process by using candies to illustrate the various phases. For example, Starbursts represented houses and licorice represented distribution lines. Edward's project challenged the students to design a conduit route while avoiding the many other utilities in the area and showed them the real-world result.

The event served as a precursor to National Engineers Week and included students from five different high schools in the western suburbs who participate in a program called "Guide Right Mentoring."

Embarc Chicago


High School students from Embarc Chicago participated in a career shadow day at HBK Engineering's Carroll office on Tuesday, February 17. The students attend Chicago Technical High School on Chicago's South Side and expressed interest in STEM careers. Embarc affords the students opportunities to learn about professions in various disciplines. 

HBK employees in Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Field Operations, Design and Human Resources spoke to the Embarc students in small groups which allowed for questions and hands-on experiences.

The event was one of several activities planned in recognition of National Engineer Week.

Mastery Charter School


HBK Engineering's John Mascaro and Chris Roberts spoke at the Mastery Charter School on Warrington Avenue in Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 18 as part of National Engineers Week. The two presented to the 9th Grade AP Computer Science class and discussed how they use CAD in their projects. They also shared information about the role HBK Engineering plays in utility infrastructure solutions and spoke one-on-one with several of the students.

Roosevelt Middle School


Engineering for parks to meet American with Disability Acts requirements was the topic of HBK Engineering's Heath Lyle's remarks on Thursday, February 20 during National Engineering Week. Heath spoke to Roosevelt Middle School students in Cedar Rapids. He discussed the ADA requirements and the engineering process required to accomplish projects. The class focus was on park architecture for the future and methodology needed to achieve engineering goals.

Strive/ChildServ Girl's Night


HBK Engineering and Strive Employee Resource Group hosted girls from the Naperville and Downers Grove ChildServ group homes on Thursday, February 20 in a National Engineering Week Girl Day event. The evening included a presentation about successful women engineers and discussions led by the Strive board members on goal setting, healthy lifestyle and the profession of engineering. Through HBK employee fundraising, the girls received individual toiletry kits with essentials needed to build a strong foundation for the best possible life.

ChildServ's group homes provide safe, supportive places for youth ages 12-19 who have suffered from trauma. These teens live in a home environment, receive quality therapy and the encouragement they need to complete high school so that they can become empowered adults.

Oak Ridge Middle School


HBK's Heath Lyle spoke to three 6th grade classes at Oak Ridge Middle School in Marion, Iowa, on Friday, February 21 as part of National Engineering Week activities. Heath talked about civil engineering and the Cedar Rapids floodwall project. In his remarks, Heath stressed the importance of citizenship, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving and how he uses the components in his job. The interactive career day was sponsored by Workplace Learning Connection, a program supported by Kirkwood Community College.

MSI 2020 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition Reception


HBK was pleased to support the Museum of Science and Industry 2020 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition and attend its reception on February 20. The event was part of the festivities surrounding the January 23 to March 1 exhibition of works by African-American artists.

More than 200 pieces from both professional and amateur African-American artists from around the country were included in the exhibition which has been displayed annually at MSI since 1970.

NSBE E-Week Expo


The National Society of Black Engineers – Chicago Professionals Chapter E-Week Expo took place on Saturday, February 22, with support from HBK Engineering. The day offered a full agenda of interactive and exciting engineering activities for Kindergarten to 12th Grade students. HBK employees hosted an exhibit with demonstrations and encouraged children and parents to learn more about engineering. Held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the event has become an annual tradition during National Engineers Week. Expo participants included Google, Ford, Boeing, ComEd, Caterpillar, Fermilab, UL and Molex.