National Engineers Week (EWeek) 2015 is officially underway, with educational programs, competitions, and other events set to highlight engineering innovations and industry professionals. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
The weeklong celebration, February 22-28, is sponsored by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation), in coalition with over 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies and 50 corporations and government agencies. Shell Oil Company and the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE), an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) organizational member and accredited standards developer, are co-chairs of the event.
This year's EWeek theme, "Engineering New Horizons," is intended to promote student engagement, volunteerism, and exposure to the widespread impact engineers have across the nation and in a global capacity, including providing access to water, energy, and food for the world's growing population.
"Skilled engineers are critical to inspiring and informing the next generation," said Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company and a 2015 honorary chair of DiscoverE. "As a volunteer, you may be the first person to help an educator understand what an engineer is, so they can share this information with their students, parents, and other teachers. You might be the first engineer a young child meets and their initial introduction to how our profession can make a difference."
EWeek offers various programs and activity resources geared for engineering engagement within schools and among families. Highlights include the New Faces of Engineering programs, which recognize the talents and accomplishments of emerging engineering professionals. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on February 26 is a national movement in its 14th year in which professional engineers introduce more than one million girls and young women to engineering and help support women entering the industry, which is especially critical as recent reports indicate how a shortage of female STEM workers can pose a challenge to businesses.
To participate in Eweek or to find more information on the annual series of events, visit the Engineers Week website.