We recently had a chance to sit down and chat with the 2024 CEJC Engineer of the Year, Mr. Bill Turner, PE about his incredible career.
It is our pleasure to introduce Mr. Bill Turner, PE as the 2024 CEJC Engineer of the Year!
Bill Turner, of Mt Pleasant, is an outstanding engineering leader. As the General Manager of Electric Distribution for Dominion Energy, he is responsible for approximately 375,000 customers and directs a team of 230 company employees and 150 contract employees, with operations and construction budgets totaled approximately $90m annually.
Born and raised in the Winnsboro, SC, Bill graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Clemson. During 40 years of service with SC Electric and Gas, and now with Dominion Energy SC, he progressed through the ranks from a design engineer, through local and district management to his present position of General Manager of Electric Distribution.
Bill’s leadership skills are also apparent in his record of service to his community and profession through board membership. A few of these include:
His responsibilities include working 24/7 to plan for and recover from life-threatening wide-scale power disruptions caused by hurricanes Hugo, Floyd, Matthew, Irma, Elsa or Ian (to name a few) and other disasters.
Bill’s boss and President of Dominion Energy SC writes that Bill “is a leader upon whom the spotlight
never shines; a mentor who has reared many; and a servant who exemplifies concern and care for
employees and customers alike.”
Please join us in congratulating Bill Turner on this award!
(special thanks to John Peeples for the information and assistance with this post)
Our 2024 CEJC Engineers Banquet was a huge success!
We could not have accomplished so much without your support and attendance!
Every year, we look forward to networking, raising money for sponsorships and scholarships, and celebrating our Engineering of the Year!
On behalf of the entire CEJC leadership team, we would like to say thank you to everyone who attended, donated and participated in the silent auction.
We raised over $8900!!! This money will benefit so many stem organizations for our youth in the Lowcountry and to provide scholarships to several students in the tri-county area. Special thanks to Incose for their generous Diamond tier donation.
Congratulations to Bill Turner of Dominion Energy on his Engineer of the Year award!
We also appreciate our keynote speaker, Morgan Crapps, for sharing some exciting news from Redwood Materials. Great job, Morgan!
It was amazing to see the youth groups in attendance including:
Shawn Gordon, CEJC endowment chair, presented TSgt Carla Ferrette-Clark with the 2024 Air & Space Forces Association (AFA) Charleston SC Chapter STEM Teacher of the Year award! Well deserved.
Ronald Neil, on behalf of the CEJC, presented the Dominion Youth STEM program with a CEJC sponsorship check. It was incredible to see the students accept the check in person, on stage!
We would also like to share our extreme gratitude to our sponsors. To each of you, thank YOU! Your continued support made this event successful.
The event would not have been possible without the amazing host sponsor, The Citadel, Faculty and Cadets! Especially John (PEEPS) Peeples, Arissa McNeal,! Y'all are awesome.
Cadet Weston Smith did an amazing job with the invocation and we couldn't have done any of it without the A/V help from Dr. Kevin Skenes!
Special thanks go to the Citadel Gospel Choir for singing the national anthem during the banquet and the Military Magnet Academy Color Guard for presentation of the colors. Job well done!
And last but not least, thank you to our MC, Sedrick Stewart on his inaugural run! Great job.
Hope to see y'all next year!
This edition of the STEMcast: Career Insights video series features Sedrick Stewart, Systems Engineer for the Navy!
Sedrick is a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi and earned his BS and MS in engineering from the University of Mississippi.
His current career focuses are systems and networking engineering as a Systems Engineer for the Navy and he has supported IT departments for FedEx and the US Army.
He gives back to the community through Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), and INCOSE.
And, in his spare time he loves to fish and travel.
We are also excited to announce that Sedrick will be the 2024 Engineers Week Banquet Master of Ceremonies!
Please enjoy this conversation!
This edition of the STEMcast: Career Insights video series features Ed Copes, System Administrator for Atlas Technologies!
Born in New York, he now resides in Charleston, South Carolina.
Ed graduated from Johnson C. Smith University, with a degree in Computer Engineering.
In his spare time, Ed is the co-chairman for the Atlas Positive Impact Team, an employee volunteer committee. He also dedicates his time distributing food to the community through Park Circle Cares non-profit organization where serves on the board of directors.
A member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), he plans STEM outreach activities and has served as the Programs Chairman for the Charleston chapter. In fact for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020), NSBE Charleston named Ed “Professional Member of the Year” for his tireless commitment to service and to the community.
Please note: the interview came out after the event that Ed mentions in the video, but you can check out other great events by the NSBE on their website here.
This edition of the STEMcast: Career Insights video series features Dr. Valerie Sessions, affiliate professor of computer science at Charleston Southern University and computer scientist at the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC), Atlantic!
Dr. Sessions received her Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of South Carolina.
Her research interests vary widely and include data quality, development of exoskeleton standards, video management systems, and video analytics.
Her career achievements have resulted in many awards including:
In her spare time, she serves on several advisory committees including the Global Privacy and Information Quality Working Group (GPIQWG) of the U.S. Department of Justice, Charleston Women in Tech, Palmetto Roost, and the Program Committee for the International Conference on Information Quality.
It was a pleasure to chat with Dr. Sessions, and we at the CEJC are incredibly grateful for her involvement in the CEJC and her many contributions to the Lowcountry STEM and professional organization communities.
Here are some links discussed in the video:
Check out our conversation with Dr. Sebastian van Delden, Dean of the School of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering at the College of Charleston!
It was a pleasure to chat with Dr. van Delden, and we at the CEJC are incredibly grateful for his involvement and his many contributions to the Lowcountry STEM and professional organization communities.
We are thrilled to support the Charleston County Liberty Hill STEM Day with a CEJC sponsorship!
Ron Neil presented representatives from the Charleston County School District with the sponsorship check in person a few weeks ago.
This sponsorship is for the annual STEM Community Day that the CCDS holds in the Spring. It includes hands-on STEM activities, robotics-scholar exhibits, industry partners STEM stations, along with food vendors and prizes!
The CCDS is also working on an underwater robotics competition that is coming up in March. More information to come once provided.
Pictured from left to right:
Deitra Clegg, Ron Neil, Antoinette Green, and Cheryl Walden.
Shawn Gordon, CEJC Endowment Chair sits down to talk about his career and insights.
It was a pleasure to chat with Shawn, and we at the CEJC are incredibly grateful for his involvement and his many contributions to the Lowcountry STEM and professional organization communities.
Links discussed in the interview:
We recently had the pleasure of awarding the Orange Grove Robotics team with a sponsorship to continue their robotics education and competition activities!
This is another example of commitment to our mission to inspire Lowcountry Youth, serve as an advocate of Lowcountry STEM programs, and be the catalyst that creates synergies between our professional member societies, local industry, and educational institutions.
This team is doing incredible work in robotics education for high school students.
And, it is our pleasure to help continue doing this work.
See below for the accomplishments that the team recently achieved.
Good afternoon Charleston Engineers Joint Council!