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Announcing the DES 2015-2016 Scholarship Program

RE: DES Scholarship Program Application Instructions

Dear Student:

The Delaware Engineering Society is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 scholarship program for Delaware high school seniors who plan to enroll in a college engineering program next fall. The scholarships are offered in conjunction with two other organizations: the Society of Women Engineers–DelMar Section, and the University of Delaware. The information on the scholarships being offered, applications, and requirements can be found in the attached documents, below. If additional scholarships become available, you will be considered based on your application, SAT scores, transcript, and essay.

Applicants must be Delaware residents or graduating high school seniors from a Delaware school. The application discusses additional essay and transcript requirements.

The application must be completed and returned to the DES Scholarship Committee by December 30, 2015. Separate applications are not required for each of the awards mentioned in the attached documents, however your application must include the names of awards for which you are applying. DES cannot be responsible if sponsor(s) terminate funding of the scholarships at any time. If you have any questions or need additional information aside from what is contained in the documents below, please contact Stacy Ziegler by phone at 302.239.6634 or email at sziegler [AT]

2015-2016 DES Scholarship Application [Acrobat PDF, 49K]
2015-2016 DES Scholarship Information [Acrobat PDF, 18K]

Announcing the 2016 Engineer's Week Banquet

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The 2016 Engineer’s Week Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Bella Vita @ Cavalier’s Country Club, starting at 5:30 pm. The 2016 Engineer of the Year, Barry Benton, P.E. (DelDOT.), Young Engineer of the Year, Nathan Buttorff, P.E. (Pennoni), scholarship recipients, and award-winning engineering design projects will be recognized at the annual event. Additionally, the newly inducted Delaware P.E.'s will be honored.

Tickets are $60 per person, or tables can be reserved for $150 per table, plus the price of seats. Please contact Kate Smagala at 302-738-0203 or at kmsmagala [AT] to order tickets. All funds collected go towards future scholarship recipients.

Downloads: 2016 E-Week Banquet Flyer [PDF] • 2016 E-Week Advertising Information [PDF]

DNREC announces recycling grant opportunity to help Delaware’s businesses and institutions achieve recycling requirements


DOVER (Nov. 8, 2013) – To help Delaware’s businesses and institutions comply with their Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for the Universal Recycling Law, DNREC is once again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with $1.5 million available for disbursing to help the commercial sector succeed in recycling. DNREC is encouraging not just businesses, but also non-profit organizations and schools to apply for recycling grant funding.

The state’s Universal Recycling Law means just that – ensuring recycling services are available for all in Delaware – and includes the requirement that “all commercial businesses actively participate in a comprehensive recycling program no later than January 1, 2014.” The commercial sector includes any for profit or not-for profit retail or wholesale stores, offices, food service establishments, warehouses, and other manufacturing, industrial or processing activities, and institutions such as social, charitable, educational, health care, professional and government services.

The Universal Recycling Law also includes DNREC’s recycling grants program as a funding mechanism to assist Delaware entities with implementation costs. Grant applications will be accepted now until Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Application forms and guidance are available at:, or via Delaware’s recycling website at:

“Recycling can help businesses save money and reduce their environmental footprint,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “To achieve the statewide goals of the Universal Recycling Law, we need to work with businesses to double the recycling rate across the commercial sector. Our grants program is a great opportunity to assist the business community with recycling start-up costs. Once universal access to recycling is in place, businesses will quickly realize both the environmental and economic benefits. We want every Delawarean to have access to recycling at home, at work, and everywhere in between.”

Business owners and Institution managers are encouraged to learn about the growing recycling opportunities in Delaware. Materials commonly recycled in the commercial sector may include corrugated cardboard, food scraps, scrap lumber and scrap metals, office paper, and various plastics.

To learn more about legislative requirements, grant funding, commercial recycling toolkits, please visit: or call 302-739-9403.

For the grants program, priority will be given to those entities responsible for compliance with the commercial component of the Universal Recycling legislation. However, other projects are eligible and creativity is welcome. Remember, if you intend to submit a project, that the application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at 4:30p.m.

– Newsmakers –

Suzette M. Schultz named 2014 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year

Suzette Shultz, 2014 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year
Suzette M. Schultz
2014 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year

On November 12, delegates of the engineering and technical societies of the Delaware Valley and past Engineers of the Year met at PECO to elect the 2014 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year. After nominating remarks from representatives of their respective societies and a video of each candidate responding to: “Please discuss what you attribute most to becoming a leader in your respective field and what advice can you give to other engineers that aspire to become leaders?”

After the ballots had been cast, Suzette M. Schultz, Senior Operations Project Manager for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, was declared the 2014 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year. She had been nominated by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Delaware Valley Chapter.

Read more about Sue, on the Delaware Valley Engineers Week website

Congratulations to our 2016 Engineer of the Year, Barry Benton, PE of the Delaware Department of Transportation, and our 2016 Young Engineer of the Year, Nathan Buttorff, PE of Pennoni Associates!

Photos and Bios to follow; check back soon


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Scholarships for High School Seniors

The Delaware Engineering Society is pleased to recognize the following high school students who have been offered scholarships for use in their study of engineering when they enter into college in the Fall.

Funding provided by DES Golf Tournament and Engineers Week Banquet

Joe J. Welker, Jr., P.E. Memorial Scholarship - $2,000 award

Previous Winners (2010)

Previous Winners (2009)

Congratulations to these outstanding students for their achievements!