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ANSI Members Celebrate 62nd Annual National Engineers Week

This year's celebration of National Engineers Week, occurring February 17-23, 2013, highlights important work done by engineers and engineering-related organizations and companies to bolster, support, and sustain public safety, health, and general welfare worldwide. The event focuses on the central role played by engineering in addressing many issues presented by modern society, as well as the rising importance of technology worldwide, both in developed nations like the U.S. and in growing economic powers like China, India, and Brazil.

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:

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Nuclear Society
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Water Works Association
  • ASME
  • ASTM International
  • The Boeing Company
  • DuPont
  • Environmental Industry Associations
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • IBM International Foundation
  • IEEE
  • Intel Foundation
  • Laser Institute of America
  • NACE International
  • Society of Allied Weight Engineers

For more information about this annual series of events, visit the National Engineers Week website.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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