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There’s No Crying in Phosphate!

One Woman’s Path to Advancement in the Field of Engineering


Keynote Speaker:

Karen A. Swager, P.E.
Vice President, Concentrates – Phosphates
The Mosaic Company

Karen A Swager is Vice President for Concentrates, the phosphates business unit of The Mosaic Company. Mosaic is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, which are two of the primary crop nutrients required to grow the food the world needs. Her role is to provide overall direction, guidance and day-to-day support for all Concentrates’ operations in the phosphates business unit.
Previously, Karen held various roles of progressive leadership responsibility with the company’s mining and manufacturing operations, including serving as Vice President, Mining Operations and General Manager of Four Corners and Wingate mines. She also led the phosphates business unit’s mine planning and strategy group along with other special business initiatives for the company including development of offshore mining projects.
Karen is a licensed professional engineer and has held numerous leadership roles with the Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), including Chapter Chairman and Director. She is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was appointed by then-Governor Charlie Crist to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Florida Institute for Phosphate Research. In 2007, she was recognized by the Florida Chapter of the SME with the “Hero of the Industry” award. Karen currently serves on the board of the United Way of Central Florida.

Come join the Tampa Bay Engineers Week BanquetCommittee for the presentation of our annual awards banquet and celebration of our profession.

Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Reception 4:30-6:30PM
Banquet 6:30-9:00PM

This Engineers Week, the engineering societies of the Tampa Bay area will be hosting the annual Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the:

TPepin’s Hospitality Centre 4121 N. 50th Street Tampa, Florida 33610

This premier event brings together local leaders and engineering professionals to recognize the outstanding achievements of Engineers, Science Teachers, Math Teachers, and Students in our community.

Additionally, awards will be presented to outstanding engineers in each discipline, as well as local engineering students excelling in their engineering related studies and Young Professionals. The banquet also features the Lignell Awards. These awards, named after a former Chairman for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), are given to local High School educators who are performing outstanding work in the instruction of the STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math). The organizers of the event recognize the important role these individuals play in encouraging students to pursue technological degrees in college.

The banquet is a combination of efforts by all the Enginering Societies of West Central Florida  This event brings together professionals in all fields from all around Tampa and Florida’s west coast.

Call for volunteers for the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet Outreach Project! 

All volunteers will enjoy a fun morning at MOSI talking to kids of all ages about engineering. For the event, you will be assigned an interactive STEM activity where you can help teach students basic engineering principals and help to inspire our next generation of engineers to go into our profession. For details please contact:

Alexis Jensen Grammes (sixela31@gmail.com or 727-302-3285)

Rachel Cantor Fogarty(Rachel@rcassociatesllc.com or 813-286-2075)

Outreach Event Date: Saturday, February 18th
Time: Arrive by 9:30am to set-up
Event runs from 10am-1pm
Location: IdeaZone at MOSI 4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL  33617

The event will be held in Idea Zone at MOSI.

For more infomation about National Engineers Week, click here.




Map to
the event


Who: Engineers of Florida’s West Coast, Family and Friends
Where: TPepin's Hospitality Centre
              4121 N 50th St, Tampa, FL 33610

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Vendor Expo and Cocktails
            6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner, Speaker, Awards
Cost: $65 per person (pre-event price / $75 day of event)
Menu: Chicken, Fish or Vegetarian.
Dress: Cocktail/ Evening Attire


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