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FEATURE ARTICLE
Engineers Week 2010: February 14-20
February 2010


Engineers Week 2010

The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week, celebrated February 14-20, also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers’ contributions to society. Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), it is among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts. Co-chairs for 2010 are Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobile and Blaine D. Leonard, P.E., F.ASCE, 2010 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Visit www.eweek.org for more information on programs including:

National Engineers Week Future City Competition — Now in its 18th year, this program is designed to help middle-school students work with teachers and volunteer engineers to build computer and three-dimensional scale models of cities of tomorrow. At regional competitions, the teams present their designs before a panel of engineer judges.

National Engineers Week Foundation Diversity Council — A formal alliance of engineering and diversity organizations dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity in engineering. The Council collaborates on projects and issues of interest that add value to the members’ organizations as well as to broader communities, drawing upon the member organizations’ individual interests and strengths to present a stronger and wider-reaching message on how their constituents contribute to engineering solutions. National Engineers Week Foundation facilitates communications among the Council’s member organizations and among the more than 100 Engineers Week coalition partners.

DiscoverE — More than 45,000 engineers work with five and a half million students and teachers in elementary through secondary school each year through classroom visits and extracurricular programs, using educational materials provided by Engineers Week. DiscoverE began for Engineers Week 1990.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 18, 2010) — Each year Girl Day allows thousands of women engineers, with support from their male counterparts, to directly mentor more than one million girls and young women in K-12 with firsthand experiences in engineering.

Engineer Your Life (EYL) — EYL is the second phase of the Extraordinary Women Engineers Project, supported by a large and broad coalition. The National Engineers Week Foundation serves as the Secretariat for this spectacular project, with a message to academically prepared high school girls to Engineer Your Life: Dream Big, Love What You Do. EYL is anchored by www.engineeryourlife.org, an online guide to engineering for high school girls, parents, teachers and engineer-volunteers.

Family Event — Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., continues to break all public attendance records for the museum. Volunteers conduct interactive hands-on exhibitions.

New Faces of Engineering: — Young engineers who have been in the workplace five years or less and have shown outstanding abilities in projects that significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth are recognized for their accomplishments in major print media and local press.

Discover Engineering (www.discoverengineering. org. org) — Middle school students and educators can find the how and why of becoming an engineer at this entertaining and informational website, which features links to related educational, professional, and corporate sites.

Local events planned in conjunction with national Engineers Week events will include:

• The 2010 Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council (RJEC) Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 18th at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s invited speaker is Mr. John M. Crean, Vice President of Alstom Thermal Services North America, a part of Alstom, a world leader in transport and energy infrastructure. He is responsible for leading all power generation services in the United States as well as Mexico and Canada. Holding a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and a B.A. degree in mathematics from Trinity College in Dublin, Mr. Crean has been a part of the Alstom organization since 1975.

Also at the banquet, RJEC’s Engineer of the Year and Community Service awards will be presented. Additionally, winners of RJEC’s annual essay and media contests for area students will be announced. Complete banquet schedule and registration information is available at www.rjec.org.

• The Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) will sponsor and coordinate the MATHCOUNTS 2010 competitions in Virginia which will be held during February and March. 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 Virginia competitions is available at www.vspe.org.


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