It’s National Engineers Week (Feb. 22-28), and if you’ll indulge me for just a few moments I’d like to invite you to kick-off the celebration by doing one simple thing: Wherever you happen to be right now, take a quick look around and consider how much of what you see represents the work of various types of engineers. Whether it’s the digital device upon which you’re reading this, or the textiles on your back; the desk at which you’re sitting or the building in which you’re housed; the snack you’re enjoying or the eyeglasses that help you read, every manufactured thing with which we interact each day represents the work of people—people who applied science, technology and mathematics to the task of invention, or, problem-solving.
And the world needs more. Which is why the National Society of Professional Engineers started Engineers Week way back in 1951—not only as a way to celebrate the role of engineering in our daily lives, but, more importantly, to inspire the next generation of engineers.
National Engineers Week is coordinated by DiscoverE, a coalition of 100+ stakeholders in industry, government, associations, and academe whose stated mission is “To sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism.”
Of particular interest to us here at DIRECTV GOES TO SCHOOL is DiscoverE’s call to engineer volunteers for engagement in K-12 education. The group’s web site is chock-full of free resources designed to help educators, counselors and parents inspire students to consider the possibilities of a career in applied sciences.
Check it out for yourself. And keep abreast of the week’s events at #eweek2015.
In the coming days, we’ll introduce you to one of our own engineers here at DIRECTV.
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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