Over the past decade, the number of students graduating in the civil engineering field has been on a decline. Aspiring engineers need inspiration and guidance more than ever. To celebrate Engineers Week 2006, get involved! Become a mentor to ignite a lifelong passion for science and spark a curious mind to go further. Engineers have always played an important role in society. Here are some industry trends and ways to help.
Did you know?
A survey of Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) member firms further revealed that 94% of engineering companies reported problems recruiting experienced staff and 80% of firms found it difficult to recruit good quality graduate engineers.
Get Involved. Be part of a growing movement to change these trends. Step up. Take advantage of the many opportunities to influence young people. Become a mentor!
There are many wonderful organizations designed to encourage professional development through mentoring in engineering, science and mathematics.
Through mentoring, technical professionals can create lasting impacts on the future of the engineering industry. Visit http://www.mentornet.net/ for more information.
Great links for mentoring activities:
Interactive Labs: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/lab/index.html
Organize an extracurricular program for young students, such as a tour or competition. Build spaghetti bridges, race boats, or design and build Rube Goldberg-like machines. Encourage them to build a cyber city! http://www.futurecity.org/
Design a rollercoaster: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/coaster/More great links for mentoring activities:
Math and Science games and puzzles: http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/games/index.html
Why are you glad to be an engineer? Post your reasons on our comments and help inspire others!
The Evolution of Innovation
Historically, engineers have been the pioneers for progressive growth and brilliant innovation. Everyday luxuries we take for granted were once made possible by an engineer. Every day there are advancements in technology. Take a moment and recognize the ingenuity of engineers that has paved the way for endless possibilities.
Visit some of these sites to celebrate some of the innovative creations made by engineers.
A Sightseers Guide To Engineering
Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
History and Heritage of Civil Engineering
IEEE Virtual Museum
Monuments of the Millennium