This spring has been a busy time for MnSPE’s Order of the Engineer (OE) celebrations. Our society was granted a charter in 1978 and is link #52 of the OE. Now there are over three hundred links nationwide. We provide support to many colleges for their ceremonies and host ceremonies for individuals who wish to become a member.

The purpose of the Order of the Engineer is to foster a spirit of pride, individual integrity, and responsibility in the engineering profession; to bridge the gap between education and practice, and to present the public with a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The visible symbol is a stainless-steel ring worn on the little finger of your working hand.

The Order of the Engineer is a solemn obligation “to uphold devotion to standards and the dignity of the engineering profession.” It is an obligation to turn to “practical” use, the principles of science and the means of technology…to serve humanity by making the best use of earth’s precious wealth.

The ceremonies that MnSPE assisted with in the spring of 2022 are:

U of M Mechanical


33 students

U of M Bioproducts


21 students

U of M Electrical


9 students

U of M Civil- Duluth


30 students

University of St Thomas


124 students

Minnesota State Univ- Mankato


176 students

In addition, two of our members performed ceremonies honoring the students joining the OE:

Chuck Clanton PE

Kris Swanson PE

If you are interested in helping with the Order of the Engineers ceremonies, please contact David Morrill PE at: morrill@

-David Morrill, PE
Order of the Engineer coordinator for MnSPE