In the past month we’ve seen a growing interest and excitement surrounding the engineering field. Not just in our own country, but across the globe initiatives, news, contests and more are showcasing the opportunities engineering can provide.
Last week for example was “Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2015” in the UK which is a week dedicated to inspiring the next generation of engineers. The goal for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week was to “shine a spotlight on engineering careers in a way that young people may have never before considered.” During this week, the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) joined with a female civil engineer, Joanna Anderson, (a.k.a. “the singing engineer”) to create a song which she hopes will inspire the next generation of engineers and change perceptions about engineering. Watch for more about Joanna in a future blog post.
We are seeing some great initiatives in the U.S. as well, including the announcement from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and MacGillivray Freeman Films about their upcoming film, “Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World.” They tout this as the first film to focus specifically on STEM and to celebrate “the engineers who are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, amazing and forward-thinking way.” Along with the film, ASCE has launched a contest, Civil Engineers Dream Big, which aims to encourage engineers to share how civil engineering helped them achieve their dreams.
NTH is also contributing to the recent engineering fervor by hosting a free webinar, ‘Real Life Engineering.’ As with many professional occupations, our continued development as engineers results from years of experience and practical application. Therefore, in this upcoming webinar, attendees will learn from five engineers with various backgrounds and perspectives on topics that only real life can teach us. You can register for this webinar to hear true stories and valuable lessons learned from engineering experts from prominent companies such as DTE Energy, Department of Environmental Quality, NRCS West National Technology Support Center and more.
Also, don't forget to submit a nomination for yourself, a co-worker or a student in the ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering recognition program that highlights the next generation of civil engineering leaders. Ten honorees are selected by ASCE in each of two divisions: Collegiate and Professional. One honoree per division will be selected as the "New Face of Civil Engineering" by DiscoverE.