2 Local Engineering Professionals Selected For 2018 Leadership PE Program

Monday, February 5, 2018
Kevin Hon
Kevin Hon

Two local engineering professionals have been selected to participate in the 2018 Tennessee Leadership PE.  The Program offers an experiential learning opportunity designed to enhance the skills of future contributors to the engineering industry.  The dynamic curriculum includes seminars with key industry and governmental officials, interactive training sessions, tours of state-wide facilities and operational sites. 

Class members selected from engineering firms located in the Chattanooga area are:

· Kevin Hon, PG, Geophysical Group leader, S&ME, Inc., Chattanooga

· Christopher Palmer, PE, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Chattanooga

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ACEC Tennessee) launched Leadership PE in 2001 for engineering professional development. In 2015, the current curriculum was updated and expanded to provide innovative seminars, educational materials, and dynamic relationship cultivating initiatives to encourage lifelong learning. The program includes a January orientation session followed by five monthly sessions in various regions across the state. Participants graduate with the professional benefits of increased expertise in the areas of self-knowledge, effective team-building, delegation, conflict management, political savvy, and business acumen. 

Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer


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