Every year since 1951, the U.S. has marked National Engineers Week during the third full week of February, providing a forum for a wide variety of programs reaching out to current and future generations of engineering talent. The week is traditionally scheduled to coincide with the February 22 birthday of George Washington, a trained surveyor who used his position as head of the Continental Army and as the first president of the U.S. to back engineering-related innovation, including a push for increased engineering education.
This year's National Engineers Week includes an array of programs and events, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2013, an initiative to attract more young women to engineering, and the national finals of this year's Future City Competition, which tasked participants with developing effective solutions to the problem of urban storm water pollution management. As part of the week, ASHRAE, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and audited designator, announced that Ian Metzger, engineer III at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), had been selected as the winner of its annual New Face of Engineering program, which highlights the achievements of engineers who are 30 years of age or younger [see related story]. For more information about Mr. Metzger, visit the 2013 New Face of Engineering announcement page.
National Engineers Week 2013 is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Committee, its corporate affiliates, and a roster of additional partners, with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer (ASD), serving as this year's chair. Other supporters of this year's celebration include the following ANSI members, affiliated nonprofit foundations, and ANSI member parent organizations:
For more information about this annual series of events, visit the National Engineers Week website.