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Trine inducts 8 into Order of the Engineer

Eight graduating seniors in Trine University’s Allen School of Engineering & Technology were inducted into the Order of the Engineer during a ceremony on Dec. 4.

The following students participated in the ring ceremony in Fawick Hall:

  • Katherine Branson, mechanical engineering, Shelbyville, Indiana
  • Seth Cole, mechanical engineering, Davison, Michigan
  • Franklin Ekete, civil engineering, Auburn, Indiana
  • Nils Hay, civil engineering, Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Christian Koehl, electrical engineering, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Erik Konermann, civil engineering, Brownsburg, Indiana
  • Olivia Miller, electrical engineering, Nashville, Indiana
  • Samuel Osborn, mechanical engineering, Stevensville, Michigan

The ring ceremony is the public induction of candidates into the Order of the Engineer, a fellowship of engineers who are trained in science and technology and dedicated to the practice, teaching or administration of their profession.

During the ceremony, engineering students are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and a stainless steel ring is placed on the smallest finger of the working hand. The obligation is a formal statement of an engineer’s responsibilities to the public and to the profession. Both the order and the obligation serve to stimulate public recognition by engineers of two basic principles: that the primary purpose of the engineering profession is the protection of the public health, safety and welfare; and that all members of the engineering profession share a common bond.

Trine University conducted its first ring ceremony in November 1978.

Photo: Front, from left, Erik Konermann, Olivia Miller, Franklin Ekete, Katherine Branson; back, Samuel Osborn, Christian Koehl, Nils Hay and Seth Cole. (Photo by Dean Orewiler)