DiscoverE Engineers Week 2017


February 21, 2017

It is National Engineering Week! NEW highlights the good works done by engineers across the country! Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, this celebration is held annually during the same week as President George Washington’s birthday, since George Washington is considered by many to be the nation’s first engineer, most notably for his land surveying work.

It is estimated that there are more than two million practicing engineers in the US. There are 21 types of engineering specialties including  aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil (general and structural), computer, control systems, electrical and electronics, environmental, fire protection, geotechnical, industrial, manufacturing, mechanical, mining, nuclear, petroleum, sanitary, and traffic. From the mass production of the automobile to space travel, the telephone to the Internet, and bioengineered foods to clean water, engineers have applied their expertise to improve the quality of our lives.

This year’s National Engineering Week theme, as announced by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) is “Engineers Dream Big,” an idea emphasized in the new IMAX film “DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World Open.”

But what exactly is the purpose of National Engineering Week? The purpose is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. This week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding and interest in engineering and technology careers. National Engineering Week is the perfect time to celebrate the work volunteers do throughout the year to promote civil engineering in their communities.

NEW is observed by over 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. This week reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the United States. In the school system, National Engineering Week promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and high level of math, science, and technology literacy. This motivates youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce that will continue to improve the quality of our lives for decades to come.

Dennis Corporation, the largest locally owned South Carolina engineering, surveying, and construction management firm, proudly celebrates National Engineering Week to honor our dedicated engineers . We are proud to have so many dedicated and skilled engineers as a part of our workforce to help continue to build South Carolina and give back to our local community of Columbia!


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