Each year during Engineer's Week the Wichita Council of Engineering Societies hosts a banquet for all the societies. The banquet consists of a social, Engineering Mini-Fair, dinner, award ceremony, and presentation.

The 2017 Banquet was held Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, 549 S. Rock Rd., Wichita, KS. Our speaker was Barbara Wendling who is currently Principal Engineer, Automated Driving and Connected Vehicles with Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America. In her current position she supports technical and policy management on matters related to automated driving and connected vehicles. Ms. Wendling has extensive experience working in government and regulatory affairs with her employment at Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Volkswagen Group of America, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, America Automobile Manufacturers Association, Saab Cars USA and Yugo America.