Founded by NSPE in 1951, Engineers Week serves to sustain and grow the engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism. This year’s week-long celebration will take place February 17–23. The theme— “Engineers: Invent Amazing.”
While engineers’ roles in an achievement such as a space launch may be more apparent, they are also critical in other tasks that are less visible but also awe-inspiring, such as ensuring cities have clean drinking water. This year’s theme will celebrate engineers’ myriad impacts and stress the need for the next generation of practical inventors and innovators to continue in the steps of engineers before them.
However, DiscoverE, the nonprofit that now oversees EWeek, emphasizes that the celebration doesn’t end in February. The organization, with its more than 100 coalition partners and innumerable volunteers, works year-round to highlight engineering and provide resources.
Below is a sampling of 2019 events.
The Capital District’s 39th Celebration of National Engineers Week
8 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Sponsored by local professional and technical membership organizations and the Foundation for Engineering Education, this event raises the public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to everyday life. Attendees can earn up to 10 PDHs over the two-day event. (Visit http://bit.ly/2SHG3h0 for more information on schedule, fees, and parking.)
Discover Engineering Family Day
National Building Museum
10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Join thousands of parents, teachers, and children as Discover Engineering Family Day celebrates 25 years of introducing children of all ages to the wonders of engineering. Engineers of various types will be on hand to share their love of the design-build process and to kick off Engineers Week.
Future City Competition Finals
Future City asks middle-school students to imagine, design, and build cities of the future. After four months of designing a virtual city using SimCity; researching, designing, and writing up their solution to a city-wide issue; and building a scale model of their city, teams will present their vision to a panel of judges.
Hidden Figures Author Talk and Engineering Day on Campus
Lipscomb University Campus
Lipscomb University will host author Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures, as the annual Landiss Lecture speaker. The free lecture is open to the public and will be held in Collins Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is being held in celebration of Black History Month and National Engineers Week. A book signing will follow at 8:30 p.m.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Girl Day helps focus a growing movement to inspire girls’ futures so they learn they have a place in engineering a better world. In just one day you can make a difference by sharing your knowledge, experience, and some fun!
Engineers Week/STEM Expo
Illinois Tech Rice Campus
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The DuPage Area STEM Expo, in conjunction with National Engineers Week, is a specialized event designed to promote the awareness of professional and educational opportunities in engineering and STEM fields. There will be more than 50 displays, presentations, projects to take home, and activities for school-aged children, grades K–12.
March 6–April 3
The 2019 Global Marathon is a free series of online conversations providing the opportunity to learn and engage about women in engineering and technology. Join each Wednesday at 12 pm Eastern for sessions on building confidence, authenticity in the workplace, mentoring and networking, work/life blend, and cultural IQ.
Global Day of the Engineer
Global Day is the worldwide event that celebrates and recognizes engineers. It’s easy to participate from anywhere by sharing photos of engineering celebrations you’ve been a part of; honor colleagues, family, and friends who are engineers; share photos of engineering wonders; and engage students in engineering activities.