Iowa HBK IMPACT volunteers donated their time to the Community Crisis Center and Food Pantry in Iowa City on Tuesday, February 26. The group helped by bagging groceries for customers, weighing customers' shopping carts, and helping customers while they shopped in the food bank. The effort marked the third evening this year that the group has volunteered for the organization.
CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank is a volunteer-driven organization based in Iowa City that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis.
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.
HBK was pleased to sponsor the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Aspire Gala on Friday, February 21 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The Aspire Gala continued a tradition of honoring leaders from the fields of sports, entertainment, and business who are making a difference in the lives of others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HBK served as a presentation sponsor for Engineering Focus - A Kickoff to National Engineers Week in Chicago on Monday, February 17. The luncheon, themed Empowering Chicago Engineers, was organized by the Chicago Engineers' Foundation of the Union League.
The Chicago Engineers' Club Foundation merged into the Union League Club of Chicago in 1975 as an independent organization, and became the Chicago Engineers' Foundation of the Union League Club later that year. CEF remains one of three foundations with a home at the Union League Club of Chicago.