Thursday February 23, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST
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TPepin's Hospitality Centre 
4121 N 50th St
Tampa, FL 33610

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Miguel Bravo 
AIChE Central Florida 
(813) 244-8765 

AIChE Central Florida

Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

 Reception:  4:30-6:30 PM

Banquet:  6:30-9:00 PM

Dress:  Cocktail / Evening Attire

This Engineers Week, the engineering societies of the Tampa Bay area have put together the sixth annual Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the spectacular TPepin's Hospitality Centre (4121 N 50th St, Tampa, Florida, 33634).

This premier event brings together local leaders and engineering professionals to recognize the outstanding achievements of Engineers, Science Teachers, Math Teachers, and Students in our community.

Additionally, awards will be presented to outstanding engineers in each discipline, as well as local engineering students excelling in their engineering related studies and Young Professionals.  The banquet also features the Lignell Awards.  These awards, named after a former Chairman for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), are given to local High School educators who are performing outstanding work in the instruction of the STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math).  The organizers of the event recognize the important role these individuals play in encouraging students to pursue technological degrees in college.

The banquet is a combination of efforts by all the Enginering Societies of West Central Florida.  This event brings together professionals in all fields from all around Tampa and Florida’s West Coast.

Come join the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet Committee for the presentation of our annual awards banquet and celebration of our profession.

Note:  AIChE is required to reserve event tables to accommodate their guests up to two weeks prior to the event date; therefore, no refunds will be provided to cancellations made after 2/13/2017.  Substitutions - registrants can receive a full refund anytime for cancellations if he or she can find a person to substitute in their place; they are subject to the same cancellation policy.

There's No Crying in Phosphate!
One Woman's Path to Advancement in the Field of Engineering

Presented by Karen A. Swager, P.E.
Vice President, Concentrates - Phosphates The Mosaic Company

About the Speaker

Karen A Swager is Vice President for Concentrates, the phosphates business unit of The Mosaic Company. Mosaic is the world's leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, which are two of the primary crop nutrients required to grow the food the world needs. Her role is to provide overall direction, guidance and day-to-day support for all Concentrates' operations in the phosphates business unit.

Previously, Karen held various roles of progressive leadership responsibility with the company's mining and manufacturing operations, including serving as Vice President, Mining Operations and General Manager of Four Corners and Wingate mines. She also led the phosphates business unit's mine planning and strategy group along with other special business initiatives for the company including development of offshore mining projects.

 Karen is a licensed professional engineer and has held numerous leadership roles with the Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), including Chapter Chairman and Director. She is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was appointed by then-Governor Charlie Crist to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Florida Institute for Phosphate Research. In 2007, she was recognized by the Florida Chapter of the SME with the "Hero of the Industry" award. Karen currently serves on the board of the United Way of Central Florida.