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Engineers Week 2008
February 2008

Engineers Week 2008, celebrated February 17-23, highlights the contributions engineers make to society. The Eweek coalition comprises more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the coalition is dedicated to sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession by ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce, increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students, and promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts, Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineering contributions to society through year-round innovative programming and celebration. Visit for more information on programs including:
Engineers Week Diversity Council – A new coalition of businesses, professional societies, and academic and advocacy organizations committed to increasing underrepresented minorities in engineering. Founded in October 2007, the Council is headed by the National Engineers Week Foundation, IBM, and 13 Founding Partner organizations.
PowerUp the Game – On Saturday, February 16, IBM will launch a new 3D virtual world game called PowerUp. Visitors to this 3D world will Power the Planet to generate clean energy and race to save the planet from ecological disaster. There will also be classroom lesson plans associated with the energy transformation topics and an interactive module on the value of 3D technologies for learning.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – On Thursday, February 21st, thousands of women engineers and their male counterparts will directly mentor more than one million girls and young women in K-12 with firsthand experiences in engineering.
Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering – A live webcast and teleconference running continuously from Noon Wednesday, March 26 through Noon Thursday, March 27 (EDT) at Presentations and Q&A sessions will originate from points worldwide heightening awareness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics issues among pre-college, college, and young career women.
New Faces of Engineering – Highlighting young engineers and their contributions provides stimulation and incentive for college-level students and encourages younger students to consider engineering careers. The New Faces, age 30 and younger, who have worked on projects that impact public welfare or further professional development and growth, will be announced during Engineers Week at and recognized in USA Today.
National Engineers Week Future City CompetitionTM – Now in its 16th year, more than 30,000 middle-school students from a record-breaking 1,111 schools in 40 regions across America work with teachers and volunteer engineers to envision the future in large, tabletop models of cities of tomorrow. The teams present their Future Cities before engineer judges at regional competitions in January. First place teams from qualifying regional competitions win a trip to Washington for the Future City National Finals, February 18-20, 2008.
Engineer Your LifeTM – a new campaign and coalition launching on February 20th as part of Girl Day 2008. An outgrowth of the Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEP), Engineer Your Life aims to make a national impact on the way engineering careers are presented, particularly to college-bound high school girls.
Drive Time Radio Tour – Engineers Week co-chair Zarina Stanford from the Chinese Institute of Engineers – USA and IBM will be on radio stations nationwide on February 19th.
National Engineering Design Challenge – High school students apply creativity, science, and engineering problem-solving and teamwork to help people with disabilities enter or advance in the workplace by overcoming barriers to employment. The top five national teams will qualify to go to National Finals at the Westin Gateway in Arlington, Virginia on February 15th.
Grand Challenges for Engineering – A worldwide brainstorming session, sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, to determine the most important engineering challenges for the next 100 years and, perhaps, beyond. Results will be announced during Engineers Week.
Discover Engineering – A “crazy cool” new engineering portal site for middle school students and educators on the how and why of becoming an engineer. The site includes new videos featuring students building a water filtration system for use in developing countries, learning about solar-powered homes of the future, and a behind the scenes look at the development of IBM’s new PowerUp.
Awards – The National Academy of Engineering presents its annual awards, including the $500,000 Draper Prize, on February 19th at a gala banquet in Washington, D.C. The Chinese Institute of Engineers presents the Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards, recognizing outstanding Asian American professionals in academe, public service and corporations, in Dallas on Saturday, March 1st.

Local events planned in conjunction with national Engineers Week events will include:
– The 2008 Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council (RJEC) Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 21st at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s speaker will be Eugene S. Grecheck, Vice President-Nuclear Development, Dominion Generation. Mr. Grecheck received a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MBA Upgrade from Syracuse University. He also completed The Executive Program at the Darden Graduate School of the University of Virginia. Since joining Dominion in 1975, his career has included a wide variety of leadership positions. Complete banquet schedule and registration information is available at
– The Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) will sponsor and coordinate the MATHCOUNTS competitions in Virginia which will be held during February. MATHCOUNTS is a national competition where students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades compete both as individuals and as teams in events designed to promote mathematical competency. MATHCOUNTS was developed as a positive and rewarding solution to reversing the current problem of math illiteracy and as a way to make parents, educators and the general public aware of career opportunities in math. Information about the competitions held in Virginia is available at ##

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