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The University of the West Indies hosts joint APETT/IMechE Networking Event

Chris Maharaj, IMechE Americas Young Member Representative

The University of the West Indies (UWI) University Conference Centre hosts a joint mechanical engineering networking event between IMechE and the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago’s (APETT) Mechanical Division.

On September 18 2014 a joint Mechanical Engineering Networking Event was held between IMechE and the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago’s (APETT) Mechanical Division. Held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) University Conference Centre, the event is expected to be the first of such joint events between both institutions. The main theme of the event was for professionals and students of the mechanical engineering discipline to meet, network, and have some fun. The secondary theme was to raise awareness of the attendees to the need to be part of the IMechE and APETT fraternity. There were approximately 180 attendees that comprised of recent graduates, current students, and professionals from various industries. Attendees also had the opportunity to register with APETT and IMechE.

The event was hosted by IMechE committee members Samantha Deoraj and Safiya Koo. Mr. Deepak Lall (IMechE Caribbean Representative) spoke on behalf of Dr. Anthony Green (IMechE Americas Region Chair). Mr Lall delivered an informative presentation which introduced IMechE to the audience along with the different membership levels.

The Networking Event was not only structured to provide the audience with information regarding the two engineering organizations but was also held as a fun interactive session between students and professionals from the industry. The interactive session consisted of a brief presentation that each table of up to 8 attendees had to deliver after 10 minutes of preparation. The intent of this session was to foster teamwork and stimulate the audience’s mind with regard to issues related to mechanical engineering in the Caribbean region. It also was an attempt to demonstrate the importance of engineers and the need for sustainability in all projects they may be involved in. The entire event was very successful especially in terms of attendance and promoting the engineering organizations. This is one of the first milestones set out by the joint APETT/IMechE collaboration. There will be more collaborative efforts to come from the two organizations

You can read more about the formation of the IMechE Pan-Caribbean Group in this month's edition of World Bulletin.  

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