5 Ways Industry Celebrates National Engineers Week
February 20, 2013
National Engineers Week is officially underway, with various lectures and networking events in store for industry professionals and engineering students. Here is a round-up of events to check out in the upcoming days.
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) founded National Engineers Week (EWeek) in 1951 to cultivate interest in the profession and ensure that the workforce is well-educated and diverse. Today, EWeek includes over 50 corporations and government agencies, as well as over 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies.
Here is a rundown of various EWeek events:
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
On February 21, engineers will mentor and educate as many as 1 million girls nationwide as part of the National Engineers Week Foundation’s 12th Annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” which is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Sally Ride. Mentors will spread the message about the importance of engineering, help dispel misconceptions about engineering jobs, and encourage girls to embrace the profession through a series of workshops and hands-on activities at schools, businesses, libraries, and more.
Engineers will share knowledge online, too. According to the foundation, one of the highlights of the week is a live Twitter #STEMchat scheduled for 9:00 pm, ET. The monthly Twitter conversation unites parents, educators and STEM professionals to raise “STEM-loving” children. Panelists for Girl Day will include various engineers. For more on Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, see the official EWeek video:
Engineering School Events
Colleges and high schools nationwide are gearing up to celebrate EWeek with lectures and sessions. Columbia Spectator reported that student councils at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Columbia University will host lab tours, attend lectures and advising sessions, and build community for engineering student life.
Meanwhile, Yale University is celebrating EWeek for the second time, and kicked off the week with two discussions about engineering and entrepreneurship, among other events. For the Design Challenge, teams will propose solutions to engineering problems. Tonight, the New Haven Omni Hotel will host the first Engineering Networking Night today from 7-9 pm EST, and several companies will be on board to network and play engineering trivia.
High School students are also taking part in EWeek. A helicopter touched down at North Garland High School in Texas as part of a lesson aeronautical engineering, as part of “North Garland's Math, Science and Technology Magnet Program and Project Lead the Way, which promotes real-life engineering experiences in the classroom,” NBC reported.
Welcome the Newest Face of Engineering
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has announced its “New Face of Engineering” for 2013. Ian Metzger, who works at Engineer III, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. was selected for his achievements in increasing the speed and scale of energy water efficiency and renewable energy deployment. In addition to the award, Metzger will attend the annual Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in Liverpool, England, in April.
Discover What Engineering Leaders Have to Say
EWeek is an opportunity to discuss some of the most prominent issues facing engineers. Find out what the top leaders have to say about a range of topics, including strengthening STEM education, raising overall industry awareness, and how companies and institutions can drive innovation. Expert feedback, found here, includes commentary from the president of the National Academy of Engineering and other influential engineering professionals.
Federal Engineering of the Year Award (FEYA)
This award, which honors those employed by a federal agency with at least 50 engineers worldwide, is sponsored by the Professional Engineers in Government. According to the NSPE, the winner is selected by the society, which considers “engineering achievements, education, continuing ed, professional/technical society activities, as well as NSPE membership, awards, honors, and civic humanitarian activities.” The FEYA ceremony will take place February 21 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Find out how companies are getting involved with EWeek in our upcoming IMT Career Journal coverage.