Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Engineers Week is celebrated in the week of February 22, George Washington’s birthday. This year, it takes place from February 19 to 25. This week-long observation ensures that the engineering workforce gets the recognition it deserves and aims to diversify the future of this field. Can you imagine a world without the innovation of the great minds that study engineering?
History of National Engineers Week
National Engineers Week, or EWeek, is celebrated annually in February to bring the outstanding, influential work of engineers in the spotlight. The reason EWeek is held in close proximity to George Washington’s birthday is because he is widely believed to be the “first engineer” of our nation.
The National Society of Professional Engineers started in 1934 with the simple purpose of establishing a dedicated organization focusing on the practice and scope of engineers. Unqualified engineers still practicing were filtered out, promoting the profession to the masses, creating a public image, and to advocate against unethical practices and the exploitation of engineers.
The week-long celebration took place for the first time in 1951, with celebrations continuing to this day by DiscoverE; a subsidiary of National Society of Professional Engineers. An estimated 50 corporations and government agencies, and more than 50 cultural and education institutions collaborate to execute the observation and make it a success. DiscoverE stated that National Engineers Week serves “to recognize the individuals who create today’s awe-inspiring wonders and the field of engineering.”
National Engineers Week timeline
The earliest engineers are able to measure the size of stones for building structures.
James Watt builds the steam engine, along with which the principles of electrical conduction are established.
As electricity is generated, modern science emerges.
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics says jobs in engineering are “projected to grow 4.0 percent from 2014 to 2024.”
National Engineers Week FAQs
What is the purpose of National Engineers Week?
National Engineers Week creates public awareness about the importance and contributions of engineers to our quality of life.
Is there an Engineer Appreciation Day?
Professional Engineers Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday of August every year.
What is Global Engineering Day?
World Engineering Day is observed annually on March 4.
National Engineers Week Activities
Celebrate an engineer you know
Almost all of us know at least one engineer. There is no better time to celebrate their accomplishments and work. Let them know their work is appreciated and celebrate in any tangible way you like.
Guide an aspiring engineer
If you are an engineer, become a mentor! Engineering can seem intimidating to some, so now is the time to educate and inspire those interested in this field to take the leap.
Post on social media
Post about the profession and life as an engineer on social media. Use the hashtag #NationalEngineersWeek.
5 Items Created By Engineers
The Snurfer, an early version of the snowboard, was invented by Sherman Poppen in 1965.
Founder of Adidas, Adolf Dassler, created the running shoe in 1925.
Thank Herbert Sellner for creating the first patented water slide in 1923.
The ferris wheel
Civil engineer George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. created the design for one of the greatest wonders..
The first virtual reality headset was created by Ivan Sutherland and Bob Sproull in 1968.
Why We Love National Engineers Week
Getting students interested in engineering
National Engineers Week focuses on the work and achievements of engineers. This is great for those who are interested in a career in engineering. Awareness and a lot of information is generated throughout the week.
In some parts of the world, engineers are not given the appreciation they deserve. And just because a day won’t do, an entire week is dedicated to them!
The appreciation engineers get is great for boosting their morale. And we love it!
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