February 17th Begins National Engineers Week!
The third full week of February is National Engineers Week! Started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, this week is observed by more than 79 engineering, educational, and cultural societies along with more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The week is scheduled to coincide with the birthday of President George Washington, whom many consider the nation's first engineer (likely due to his extensive survey work).
Within the week falls the award for Federal Engineer of the Year, recognizing technical excellence, publications, leadership, and community service. The speaker at this year's awards ceremony will be Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General. Many of the finalists for this year are in the armed forces, and we salute them all as winners for their service to our country and dedication to the field of engineering.
Thursday is a special spotlight of the week, National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Engineering for Kids founder Dori Roberts was recently interviewed by MarieClaire.com on the future of women in engineering.