PULLMAN, Wash. — For the first time in many years, a group of graduating students from the Washington State University School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is set to be inducted into the Order of the Engineer.

The new induction ceremony, which looks to become a biannual event at the school, is meant to inspire students to strive for excellence and the highest quality work during their engineering careers.

“Engineering is a difficult program of study, and we want to recognize the success of all of our graduating students and encourage them in their future work,” said Hussein Zbib, director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. “This symbolic gesture brings our engineers together in a formal way for that purpose.’’

The event will take place Thursday (Nov. 18) from 6-8 p.m. at the Hilltop Restaurant, located at 920 Olson St. in Pullman. Twenty-seven students in mechanical and materials science engineering will participate in the ceremony. Several faculty members and members of the school’s advisory board will also be inducted at that time.

Similar to the Hippocratic Oath that medical students take upon graduation, the Order of the Engineer asks students to take an oath promising to “uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.” As part of the ceremony, the students also receive a ring.

The Order of the Engineer began in Canada in the 1920s. A similar program started in the United States in 1970 “to foster a spirit of pride, integrity and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and practice, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.”
More than 200 universities and agencies around the country participate in the organization.