Engineers Week 2018 is February 18-24. It’s your opportunity to publicly champion the important work of engineers and to raise awareness of engineering careers. Founded by NSPE in 1951, Engineers Week—E-Week— aims to promote a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Across the U.S., individual members and local chapters of engineering societies, including ASABE, host and promote activities that celebrate the profession. Key events that ASABE supports include: February 18: Discover Engineering Family Day, Washington, D.C. February 18-21: Future City Competition Regional Finals, Washington, D.C. February 22: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Not all events occur during E-Week: The Global Marathon For, By, and About Women in Engineering will take place on March 7-8. If you share the E-Week vision and would enjoy raising awareness of agricultural and biological engineering and technology, you’ll find a variety of options for engagement: • Volunteer to be a judge at one of the 37 Future City regional competitions. Winners move on to the national finals. • Inquire about sponsoring a special award for food or renewable energy systems, as ASABE does at the national finals each year. • Reach out to a local school or youth group and volunteer to speak to students about engineering careers. • Check in with a local children’s or science museum to see whether any events are already planned at which engineer volunteers are needed. • Is there an iMAX theater near you? “Dream Big” demonstrates the impact engineers have on communities around the world. Take a young person to see it! • Organize an onsite “Meet an Engineer” event and give students a unique glimpse of your day-to-day life and what is going on in cutting-edge research today. Find more information about all of these activities, plus outreach resources, at www.discovere.org. Dolores Landeck, ASABE Director of Public Affairs, St. Joseph, Mich., USA, firstname.lastname@example.org. E-Week is a program of DiscoverE, a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. ASABE has long supported E-Week, as DiscoverE programs raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life.
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