CSUB Engineering Graduates Join Elite Ranks in Rare Ceremony

The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at California State University, Bakersfield will host, for the first time, a ceremony that celebrates and honors the highest ideals of the engineering profession with a ring ceremony.

In partnership with Aera Energy, CSUB will host an Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony, one of only 15 such events in California. Sixty-one graduating CSUB seniors will participate, along with two faculty members and a representative of Aera Energy.

Only programs that have achieved the elite ABET accreditation – the gold standard for the study of engineering – are eligible to host an Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony. CSUB’s engineering program achieved ABET-accredited status in 2018, putting the university in the ranks of the finest institutions in the country for science curriculum.

“We are honored to host the first Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony at CSUB,” said Dr. Kathleen Madden, dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering. “The ceremony speaks to the quality education our graduates have received and to the commitment they make to continued high standards – in science, engineering, and ethics – throughout their careers.”

The ceremony itself is unique, featuring a solemn pledge recited by the new engineers to respect and serve their profession, culminating in the gift of a stainless steel ring to be worn as “evidence of our vision and calling, and that this world may be a happier and better place because we choose to make it so.”

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.

The first ceremony was held on June 4, 1970 at Cleveland State University. Since then, similar ceremonies have been held across the United States at which graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and a stainless steel ring. The ceremonies are conducted by Links (local sections) of the Order.

Much like the Hippocratic Oath, which guides physicians, the Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony seeks to instill in engineers a sense of ethics and responsibility.

From the Order of the Engineer handbook:

The Order of the Engineer is a solemn obligation to oneself to uphold devotion to the standards and dignity of the engineering profession.  It is an obligation to turn to practical use, the principles of sciences and the means of technology and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

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