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Welcome to
The Engineers' Club of Memphis

About the Engineers' Club of Memphis

ORIGIN: The Engineers' Club of Memphis, organized on May 8, 1914, is a nonsectarian, nonpolitical, and nonprofit society whose objectives and purposes are to promote the educational and professional improvement of its members, to advance the field of engineering in its several branches, to make available to the general public technical and scientific information and knowledge, and generally to aid in the solution of public questions involving engineering and scientific problems. In the furtherance of these goals, the Club strives through its various committees to develop and plan ongoing educational programs, seminars, symposiums, professional tours, and other technically oriented meetings, events and projects.

OUR MISSION:   It is the mission of the Engineers' Club to promote the educational, social and professional advancement of its members; to assist community leaders, civic organizations and public agencies by providing advice on and giving support to issues which benefit the Memphis community and to acting as liaison between the Club's many affiliated societies.


MEETINGS:   We are excited to offer weekly luncheon meetings currently held via ZOOM every Monday (see link below). The meetings begin at 12:00 PM and the presentation begins at approximately 12:10 PM.  Keep an eye out for the occasional in-person meeting.



  • No meeting July 1, 2024. 

  • The Club will have its next in-person meeting at noon on Monday, July 22.  Dr. Pong Malasri will give us a tour of the recently opened St. Benilde Packaging Lab at Christian Brothers University.  Lunch will be available, more details later.



Bonus History Moment

On May 27, 1986, the US Patent Office granted a patent to a new water toy.  Called the “Squirt Gun” by its inventor, American Engineer Lonnie Johnson, it became the “Super Soaker®” when it was introduced.  Over 250 million “Super Soakers®” have been sold and it has been inducted into the American National Toy Hall of Fame.” 


The Rest of the Story:  Lonnie Johnson is no ordinary toy inventor.  He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from Tuskegee University.  He developed his prototype while working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.  Working at home, he was trying to develop a heat pump using water instead of Freon.  His experiment sprung a leak, producing a high-pressure jet of water that shot across his bathroom.  The rest, as they say, was history. He built a prototype using PVC pipe, plexiglass, and a two-liter soda bottle.  His Product Tester, his 7-year-old daughter, terrorized her neighborhood with it, creating instant demand.


Throughout his career, Johnson earned over 130 other patents, most related to energy technology and spacecraft power systems.


  • May 8, 2025, will be the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Steamship M. E. Norman, a Corps of Engineers steamship. The Engineers’ Club of Memphis arranged to use the ship to give attendees at the Mid-South Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers First Annual Meeting a tour of a large revetment project south of Memphis.  That day, Memphis resident and river roustabout Tom Lee and his small wooden boat, the Zev, pulled more than thirty survivors from the river, despite the fact he couldn’t swim.

  • As it has in the past, the Engineers’ Club plans to participate in the 100th Anniversary Ceremony.  We are looking for a volunteer to Chair the ECM Planning Committee and for volunteers to serve on the Committee.  The Committee will work with other local agencies (the Memphis River Parks Partnership, the Memphis Engineer District, and Tom Lee’s family) over the next year to organize and conduct the event.  Please contact Pam Thayer, the Club Secretary at  if you are interested. 

  • For more information on the Sinking of the M. E. Norman and Tom Lee, see this Memphis Magazine article published in 2014:

American Engineer Lonnie Johnson and his
Prototype "Super Soaker® WTOP TV

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact us using the link at the bottom of the page.


To join the Monday meeting via zoom CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 862 1483 5482

June 2024 Programs Sponsored by

Mike Ellicott, PE (Ret), this month’s program director, earned a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
  • June 3 Program: Matt Dorsey, Geopier, “Geopier Applications in West Tennessee.” PDH
  • June 10 Program: David Ware, Arkansas State Historian, “Big House Confidential” or “A Long March: Challenges in the Arkansas Capitol Project, 1899-1915.” PDH
  • June 17 Program: Matt Willis, Redi-Rock, “Precast Modular Block Retaining Wall Systems.” PDH
  • June 24 Program: Dr. Shahram Pezeshk, University of Memphis, “Steps in Performing Seismic Site-Specific Analysis.” PDH


Monthly Board meeting link click here

Why Join Engineers' Club of Memphis?

Professional Development Opportunities
Networking with Other Engineers
Access to
the Latest Engineering Advancements
Leadership Opportunities within the Club
Community Involvement and Service Projects
Discounts on Engineering Conferences
and Workshops
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