The Namibian Society of Engineers (NASE) hosted the first ever Namibia Engineering week in Windhoek between 6th August 2018 to the 11th of August 2018. The Namibian Society of Engineers seeks to create a platform for collective ideas and to unify efforts in mitigating current and potential challenges in the industry.
The engineering week was hosted under the Patronage of his Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma, the Founding President and Founding Father of the Namibian nation, who was very instrumental in encouraging and promoting the study of STEM and ensured the establishment and consolidation of line institutions to that regard in the country.
The professional theme of this year’s Engineering Week was “Innovation & Excellence: Reinventing Our Future”, aimed at bringing together technical professionals, researchers, academic leaders and educators from the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, ITC, construction, mining, energy, education, among others; as well as members of the public, allied professionals, researchers and policy makers.
The event offered an outstanding platform to display the work, strides, achievements and aspirations of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, innovators, researchers and technical professionals in Namibia and beyond, providing the local industry a rare opportunity to network with professionals from both the private and public sectors. International and local industry leaders led seminars and participated in panel discussions.
During the Engineering Week, a full program with products & services, exhibitions, school career fairs and technical and social tours was offered. The floor plan included a layout of up to 40 exhibition booths of organizations and agencies operating in the fields of engineering, science, technology, mathematics, ITC, research, construction, planning and development, mining, energy and new technologies.
Each day of the engineering week was closed off with a panel discussion. Panel discussion topics were centered around current burning issues in Namibia, including but not limited to Engineering designs integrity, Women in Engineering and entrepreneurship as well as community service.
A fundraising Gala dinner which was held in Ongwediva concluded the Engineering week. The Patron, Governors, Mayors and business people residing in the Northern part of Namibia attended the Gala dinner and pledged towards the event.
The support from Engineering companies and general public was heartwarming. NASE hopes to make it an Annual event and hopes to reach out to an even greater audience.
Outmost graduate goes out to the events sponsors.