2.21.2006

Commemorate Engineering!

To commemorate Engineers Week 2006, we invite you to honor someone who has impacted your life as an engineer.

Commemorate
Contact a mentor. Call, drop a note, or better yet, post a few words on our blog to recognize someone who inspired you to pursue engineering or who has had a significant role in your career. Show your gratitude and help us celebrate those who have inspired others!


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2.17.2006

Celebrate Engineering!

Celebrate Engineering!
We'd like to offer a few ideas to help you celebrate our industry. Below are a few simple things you can do during Engineers Week (or anytime of year!). How do you personally celebrate engineering? Post it and let us know.


Educate
Donate books, posters, and bookmarks to a local public or school library for an Engineers Week corner. Or, host a story hour.
Sponsor a workshop to help teachers understand what engineers do.
Take information from the Engineers Week Internet site on the engineering of chocolate, potato chips and other little-known engineering connections and pass it along to your company newsletter, local newspaper or local school.


Decorate

Change your screensaver or computer wallpaper to one your favorite projects or photo of an engineering accomplishment!

Celebrate
Bring treats to work!

Appreciate
Watch the History Channel. Modern Marvels will be playing all week: Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.
You can also view one of the many videos on their website.

Extreme Engineering TV Series and Website: Extreme Engineering is a Discovery Channel television series that explores ten of the most ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken. The associated website provides virtual interactive tours of each of the 10 projects documented in the series.


Commentate
Organize a walking or bus tour of interesting engineering achievements in your community.
Spotlight the "unseen" engineering that is part of everyday life by hosting events that, on the surface, seem to have little to do with technology. For example, sponsor a fashion show of clothing made from synthetic fibers.


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2.15.2006

Inspire Engineering



Inspire Engineering

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

Free engineering educational ebooks: http://www.techbooksforfree.com/science.shtml


Why are you glad to be an engineer? Post your reasons on our comments and help inspire others!

1.24.2006

Engineering Evolving


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