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20th Annual College of Engineering Banquet (CANCELED)

April 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Due to the recent circumstances our state is facing and in consideration for everyone’s safety and well-being, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 20th Annual Banquet, scheduled for April 22, 2020.  Please accept our deepest mahalo and appreciation for our community’s continued support of our college, and we look forward to upcoming opportunities for engagement the College of Engineering and our Engineering Alumni Association will provide later this year.

College of Engineering Virtual Fundraiser

In place of attending our banquet, we humbly ask that you consider continuing your support the students of the College of Engineering financially during this time through our Virtual Fundraiser.

This annual banquet event is the largest single annual fundraiser for our College, providing a significant amount of funding for student projects and other student activities, and in some cases, the only amount of funding some of these projects would receive. We know we will all be facing some difficult times as our economy begins to confront the impacts of the COVID-19 spread, and none more so than our students and their educational experience. As we have been advised to expect massive cuts to our general fund and tuition revenues in the coming fiscal year, now more than ever, our student projects will need financial support from sources outside of the University. The importance of our industry’s support for this event could not be more overstated.

Our goal over the next month is to raise $100,000 by April 22, 2020, the original date of our event. Please also note that because this will become an online fundraiser not attached to any event, your financial gift in supporting the College of Engineering student projects will now become a 100% tax-deductible donation.

Please click below to make your donation today, and thank you in advance for your unwavering support.



As of 4/17/20: We are almost 90% there!
MAHALO to our community supporters who have donated a total of $89,600!


Student Projects Supported

Where does the money go? Proceeds from our Annual Banquet have funded a number of innovative and exciting student projects over the years, including (but not limited to):

  • Autonomous Electric Vehicle System
  • Balloon Satellite
  • BoxFarm (2020 Featured Student Project)
  • Concrete Canoe
  • Drone Security
  • Fixed-Wing Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • Foiling Sailboat
  • GeoWall
  • Hawai’i Muon Beamline
  • Human Powered Vehicle Team
  • ‘Ike Wai: Securing Hawaiʻi’s water future
  • Life Sensing and Identity Authentication
  • Liquid Metal
  • Microbotics
  • Nanocomposites
  • Rainbow Warrior Racing – SAE Formula Car
  • Steel Bridge
  • Team Kanaloa – AUVSI Maritime RobotX Challenge
  • Team Makani – Can Satellite
  • Team Navikai – Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
  • UHDT (University of Hawaii Drone Technologies)
  • Wireless Environmental Sensor Networks (Smart Campus Energy Lab)
Students working in lab

Student grinding metal

Students working on car

Students sanding a canoe

Students drilling something

Autonomous boat

Farm in a box


2020 Banquet Awardees

Join us in congratulating and honoring these distinguished individuals receiving special awards from the College of Engineering for 2020, who will also be honored in person at the 2021 Banquet. Check back soon to enjoy a special video celebrating each awardee.

Richard SullivanDean’s Award of Excellence
Richard Sullivan
Northrop Grumman



Michael MatsumotoDistinguished Alumnus
Michael Matsumoto
SSFM International



Nolan TanakaOutstanding Service
Nolan Tanaka
Northrop Grumman



April 22, 2020
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Hawai’i Convention Center
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