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2015 National Engineers Week Dinner Meeting

National Engineer's week is February 22-28, 2014. Our dinner meeting is scheduled for Sunday March 22, 2015 to avoid weather issues.

This 2015 Engineer's Week dinner meeting is sponsored by the Central Virginia Section of the IEEE; other local societies have been invited to participate.

Take pride in your profession and come help us celebrate National Engineer’s Week. Our speaker has assured us that the program will be appropriate for engineers and non-engineers so please bring your spouse or significant other to the meeting. Students and guests are very welcome, too.

Date: Sunday March 22, 2015

Speaker: John Elder, founder of Elder Research in Charlottesville, VA.

Subject: "Data Science is Everywhere"

Location: Blue Ridge Evens Center, 1 Pleasant Valley Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801


Social gathering: 3:30 PM
Speaker: 4:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM - Reservations required


Dinner will be a catered buffet dinner. The IEEE Central Virginia Section will pay for the room and will subsidize the meal cost for students, IEEE members, and their guests.

Students: $6.00

IEEE Members and guests: $12.00

Non-members, not guests of IEEE Members: $22.00


This is the menu we've selected based on the survey - all meals come with house salad and brownie:


Beef Medallions served with Mixed Mushroom Merlot Sauce

Marinated Grilled Chicken with Dill Cream Sauce

Vegetarian Entrée: Mediterranean Quinoa (available by reservation only)


Roasted potatoes

Green Beans

Reservations: Reservations and payment must be received by Saturday March 14 so the caterer can plan the food for dinner. Please use the on-line Reservation Form to make your reservations. Note: we still have seating for a few more people so some late reservations can still be accepted. Please send the reservation form or call Larry Heine at 540-246-6419 if you are able to attend.

Directions: Directions page for directions to Blue Ridge Events Center


Data Science - also known as Predictive Analytics or Data Mining - has been called the "sexiest job of the 21st Century" by Harvard Business Review. It's the science of making decisions from data -- observations about actions and their consequences — and it is transforming every field, from business and law enforcement, to marketing and medicine. Come hear how Analytics is touching your life, from an Engineer who's been at the forefront of this emerging field for 20 years. Hear and see how statistics, computers, and business savvy can make the data reveal all - including what products you might like, what chemical compounds will become medicines, and how credit agencies keep thieves from using your card.

Speaker's Bio:

Dr. John Elder is Founder of Elder Research, Inc., the largest and oldest Data Science consultancy in the US. Dr. Elder has Engineering degrees from Rice and UVA, where he's an Adjunct Professor, and has co-authored 3 award-winning books. John was appointed by President Bush for 5 years to an expert panel on technology for national security.

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