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FEATURE ARTICLE
Engineers Week 2018
February 2018

Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Engineers Week, one of the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts, celebrates its 67th anniversary in 2018. For several decades, Engineers Week activities were coordinated by the National Engineers Week Foundation. In 1990, the Foundation and Bechtel Group launched “DiscoverE,” the first formal national call to engineer volunteers for engagement in K-12 education, partly in response to government studies showing future shortages in engineering talent. DiscoverE became the Foundation’s K-12 umbrella volunteer outreach movement. In November 2013, the Foundation, seeking a name more reflective of its focus, announced its new organizational name: DiscoverE.

DiscoverE, in coordination with its working coalition of more than 100 professional organizations, is dedicated to sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism.

Engineers Week 2018, February 18-24, will present activities and programs designed to compliment the 2018 E-week theme — Engineers: Inspiring Wonder. Visit the website for more information.

Local events planned in conjunction with National Engineers Week activities will include:
• The 2018 Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council (RJEC) Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 22nd at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s invited speaker is Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center, David E. Bowles, Ph.D. Visit the RJEC website for complete details.
At the 2018 banquet, RJEC will present its annual Engineer of the Year, Community Service, and Lifetime Achievement awards as well as announce the winners of its annual essay and media contests.

• The 2018 Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council (RJEC) Celebrate Engineering Ingenuity Day, formerly Career Day, will be held on Sunday, February 11th at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. The event will feature contests and a chance to learn about engineering disciplines. Complete information about all the activities is available at the RJEC website.

The Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) will sponsor and coordinate the Virginia MATHCOUNTS® 2018 competitions. Local winners will meet at the State competition to be held at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia on March 17, 2018. For more detailed information about local Virginia competitions as well as the State competition, visit the MATHCOUNTS® Foundation website. ##


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