IET members reach 50-year milestone.
The wealth of experience and knowledge held by the IET’s senior members was evident in the vast number of responses IET president Dr Mike Short has received from those celebrating 50 years of membership.
To mark this milestone, these members receive a commemorative lapel badge with a congratulatory letter from the IET president. The numerous letters he has received show a breadth and range of experience which is truly amazing, charting careers in engineering which have spanned some of the biggest challenges and upheavals of our time, representing half a century of change and progress.
Members clearly hold their IET membership in very high regard and many have achieved significant achievements during their careers, throughout which, the IET has remained a constant.
As John Harvey from East Sussex, UK, said in his letter: “The last 50 years have flown by, but all the time during that period I have found membership of the Institution to be a useful and valued aid to both my working and retired life. I continue to find the publications I receive stimulating and an excellent way of attempting to keep up to date.”
Likewise, as Anthony Bonney of Ontario, Canada, said: “I have been in Canada since 1969, 43 of my 50 years. I have always valued the IEE and IET membership and have maintained good contact with the Toronto Section over the years.”
Another IET member in his 50th year of IET membership is Graham Tubbs from Phoenix, Arizona, USA, who, as a direct result of the correspondence concerning this milestone, has decided, with his wife, to contribute £2000 to the IET Awards and Scholarships Programme this year.
This has enabled the IET to award two extra undergraduate grants, worth £1000 each, to two students, with a view to funding extra scholarships in the future.
Commenting on his long career, Graham said: “Next September it will be 50 years since I walked into the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough to begin my student apprenticeship – I really do not know where that time has gone! I have had terrific experiences during my career, but have always appreciated the information coming from the IEE/IET.”
As a professional institution, the IET is in the business of knowledge sharing, but it aims to be more than that too: a community of like-minded individuals, providing a collective voice on matters that concern them and their profession.