SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 Annual Professional of the Year Awards dinner

The Huntsville Association of Technical Societies is proud to present:

The 2017 Professional of the Year Awards Dinner

Theme: Passing the Torch

WHAT:  2017 HATS Awards Dinner

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 14th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (registration begins at 5:30pm)

WHERE:  The Westin at Bridgestreet Towne Center (6800 Governors West NW Huntsville, AL 35806)

Speakers:  Dr. Deborah Barnhart (CEO, US Space & Rocket Center) and Daniel Tait (CEO, Energy Alabama)

EMCEE:  Greg Screws, WHNT News Anchor

This year, the theme of our awards dinner is “Passing the Torch.” With this theme, we are highlighting the contributions that our member societies and members of our community have made in preparing the next generation for the challenges of the future.   We want to honor and celebrate all of the work our members do to promote education, mentoring, training, and sharing valuable knowledge and skills to make the next generation successful and able to continue moving our society forward in all fields of study, including space, defense, biomedical, cyber, and many others.

At this year’s dinner, we will specifically be:

  • Honoring each member society’s “Professional of the Year” nominee
  • Honoring the Society of the Year
  • Honoring each member society’s “Young Professional of the Year” with a new award for members 35 years old and under


5:30 – Registration (cash bar available)

6:00 – Dinner Program Begins (cash bar available throughout night)

Music and dancing will close the evening

Dress: Business Attire Please

Tickets will go on sale soon through our website.  They will be $50 for an individual ticket to include meal and wine and $400 for a society table.  More information to follow on ticket sales.

Nomination Forms:

Nomination forms for our three award categories (2017 Professional of the Year; 2017 Young Professional of the Year; and 2017 Society of the Year) are attached.  Please read the award criteria and instructions and submit the forms to Jennifer Buckner, by May 31st!! 

POY Sponsorships Available! 

Since this is a dinner that recognizes professionals in various engineering and technology related disciplines including systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering,, quality, system safety, test and evaluation, contract management, education, and small businesses, we are encouraging sponsorships from companies that will benefit from exposure to these key individuals.

Sponsorship Levels:

Platinum – $1500

–          Full year of sponsorship for all HATS events and programs

–          Premium advertising and recognition at all HATS events

–          8 tickets to attend the POY dinner with premium seating (full table)

Gold – $1000

–          Premium advertising and recognition at the POY dinner

–          8 tickets to attend the POY dinner (full table)

Silver – $500

–          Advertising and recognition at the POY dinner

–          4 tickets to attend the POY dinner (half table)

Professional of the Year award sponsor (One available) – $250

–          Sponsorship of the Moquin award

Young Professional of the Year award sponsor (One available) – $250

Wine Sponsorship – $350

–          Sponsorship of the wine provided on the table with the awards dinner

Please contact Aaron Reeves for sponsorship (


President’s Social – Huge Success!

Our first President’s Social of 2017 was held the end of February!  This was the first in a series of three: Connecting with Industry, Connecting with Membership, and Connecting to our Community.

In February, we highlighted Connecting to Industry. There was discussion around building successful partnerships between industry and technical societies so that societies can understand how to work better with industry partners. Many insights were shared among the attendees into helpful ways to better connect and partner with industry.

Our next President’s Social is planned for May where we will be discussing Connecting with Membership, watch for event details! Please email Phillip Henson with any questions:

The 2017 Huntsville Engineer’s Week Awards Dinner “Engineers Dream Big!”

This year, the theme of Engineer’s Week is “Engineer’s Dream Big.” During Engineer’s week, we celebrate the contributions that engineers have made to our world, promote dialogue for the need of science and engineering in the shaping our future, and encourage science and engineering studies for children, parents and teachers. 

At this year’s dinner, we will specifically be:

Celebrating the contributions of local engineers through awards conferred on members of local engineering professional societies in Huntsville.

Bringing engineering to life by inviting local students from various schools to the pre-dinner reception where they will present engineering and science fair projects undertaken within the past year (a new feature for this event). 

  • WHAT:  2017 Huntsville Engineer’s Week Awards Dinner
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
  • WHERE:  The Jackson Center, 600 Genome Way, Huntsville

INVITED SPEAKER:  Dr. Richard Myers, President and Science Director of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

  • 5:00 – Social (Cash Bar) and Poster Presentation Session by STEM students from local schools
  • 6:15 – Dinner Program Begins

Business Attire

Please RSVP at by Monday, February 20th

No on-site/walk-in registration.   


Before Feb. 13th ($40/person)  /  After Feb. 13th-20th ($45/person)

Corporate Table of 8 seats ($320, until Feb. 20th)

Dinner choices are: Chicken Marsala, Atlantic Salmon, or Vegetarian Moussaka

If you are registering for others or purchasing a Corporate Table, please send attendee names to  

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorships are always essential in making an event such as this one possible.  They allow us to provide an appropriate local forum where the best in the engineering fields can be recognized, and this year they will permit the hosting (during the pre-dinner reception) of aspiring student engineers and scientists as they present their work to practicing local engineers.  We hope to raise enough in sponsorship to defray the dinner costs for those presenting students so that they may attend the dinner as guests of the local engineering community.  

 If you are in the position to do so, we would gratefully appreciate your consideration of sponsorship.  Corporate sponsors will be listed in the program, thanked by name during the event, and included on any literature advertising the event.  All sponsorship donations are tax deductible.  For the different sponsorship levels, we would also like to offer tickets to the dinner, to be dispersed as the sponsor sees fit.

  • $250 ‘Bronze’ sponsorship – 2 tickets to the dinner
  • $500 ‘Silver’ sponsorship – 4 tickets to the dinner
  • $1000 ‘Gold’ sponsorship – 8 tickets to the dinner