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Friday Focus: Inspiration Drives National Engineers Week

Feb 22, 2013

As National Engineers Week (EWeek) comes to an end on Saturday, we recognize several companies and individuals involved in the various programs, speaking engagements and week-long activities to promote industry awareness.

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Many companies have opened their doors to students across the country. The mission of EWeek is to cultivate awareness and drive interest in the engineering field, which has increasingly high salaries and positive projected job growth. Here is the EWeek roundup from around the Web.

At Lockheed Martin, engineering employees engaged in a friendly "Fly on the Wall" duct tape competition, in which teams were challenged to tape a group member to a wall using only two rolls of duct tape in five minutes-an engineering challenge.

"There's mechanical engineering specifically, definitely that's probably the biggest one, thinking about how, what are the ways the tape will adhere to the wall, what are the best ways to put it on to hold the person up," Mike Leone, Lockheed Martin Chief Engineer, told Your News Now.

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Clive Danby, president of manufacturing solutions provider DeTechSol, visited Horseheads Middle School in Horseheads New York, where he took questions from 7th and 8th grade students and helped spread awareness about the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

"It's engineering week so it's a good platform to talk to them about different areas, and it exposes them to an area that they typically don't hear about from their parents or teachers," company president Clive Danby told YNN.

Raytheon launched a Facebook campaign to spread engineering awareness for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This social media effort, "MathMovesU," encourages students to submit videos that demonstrate how they "engineered changes for the better at their schools," according to the company.

"National Engineers Week is an ideal time to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Each year, we hope the visibility and the week's "learn-by-doing" engineering experience inspires students nationwide to become a new generation of innovators," according to Raytheon chairman and CEO William H. Swanson.

Retired NASA astronaut David Wolf visited students at Temple University for an hour long question-and-answer session and a discussion of the film, "The Challenge and Inspiration of Spaceflight."

"It is very important for our students to see the reality and the human part of spaceflight, and in that I think David Wolf serves is an inspiration," said bioengineering chair and professor Peter Lelkes, who moderated the session.