Official Signing of Agreement of Cooperation between IMechE and the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago

On Thursday 15th January, 2015, members of the executive council of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT) joined with the IMechE Americas Region to sign an Agreement of Cooperation (AOC) between the two organizations. This historic event took place at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad. It was witnessed by a mixed audience of engineering professionals, students, technicians, and trainees.

Dr. Haydn Furlonge, President of the APETT, itemized the many benefits of a collaboration between APETT and IMechE. One of the main goals of the AOC is “the promotion of scientific and technical exchange and development in [the field of] Mechanical Engineering.” Other positives include increased opportunities for continuous professional development and the sharing of knowledge and resources between organizations.

Joining Dr. Furlonge in signing the AOC were Dr. Anthony Green (Chair of the IMechE Americas Region), Dr. Chris Maharaj (IMechE Americas Region Young Members Representative) and Mr. Roger Chan Soo (Honourable Secretary of the APETT). The event was celebrated by a reception held afterwards where signees and witnesses interacted.

The signing of the AOC is a significant milestone in the progress of the Mechanical Engineering field in Trinidad and Tobago. It represents a commitment to the advancement of the field and its practitioners, which can only redound to the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean at large. The two organizations have already shown this commitment as they hosted a very successful, well-attended Mechanical Engineering Networking Event in September 2014. Current initiatives include the establishment of a Caribbean Mechanical Engineering Mentor/Mentee LinkedIn forum where aspiring and practising engineers can interact. Future collaborative efforts are eagerly anticipated. Article Author: Safiya Koo, 2014/2015 UWI IMechE Student Chapter Public Relations Officer. 

Signing of APETT and IMechE AOC

Caribbean Mechanical Engineering Mentor/Mentee Forum established by IMechE Pan-Caribbean Group and APETT Mechanical Division

The Pan-Caribbean Group of the IMechE has teamed up with the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT) to establish a Caribbean Mechanical Engineering Mentor/Mentee Forum.

The groundwork for the forum included a meeting of the Mentors on January 15th, 2015. The aim of this meeting was to discuss how to successfully establish and maintain interactivity in the forum. Committee members of the University of the West Indies (UWI) IMechE Student Chapter were also present to share their take on the expectations of the forum.

The meeting began with a presentation by Dr. Renique Murray, APETT Mechanical Division Committee member, who shared the vision of the forum. The ensuing discussions amongst all present helped decide the way forward. Coming out of the discussions were to create a LinkedIn group forum webpage for the mentors and mentees. The webpage has already gone live and to date both mentors and mentees have made and replied to posts.

One of the driving forces behind this initiative is Dr. Chris Maharaj, (IMechE Americas Region Young Member Representative and Interim Vice-Chair of the APETT Mechanical Division). Popular posts in the forum include ‘What I love most about being a Mechanical Engineer’ and ‘Engineering Interview Questions’. The uniqueness of the forum is that the posts and the associated replies are flavoured with the context of the Caribbean region. Persons interested in this forum can contact Dr. Maharaj at chris.maharaj@sta.uwi.edu. Article Author: Safiya Koo, 2014/2015 UWI IMechE Student Chapter Public Relations Officer.

Meeting of the mentors


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