America Gets Ready to Celebrate Engineering

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – February 19-25, 2012, is Engineers Week, or EWeek, a celebration of the engineering profession and a focal point for public awareness programs showcasing engineering and technology. This national event is held each year during the week of President George Washington’s Birthday; many consider George Washington to be the nation’s first engineer.
Schools, corporations, museums, government and media groups and technical organizations across the country will join together in the outreach effort, sponsoring various programs and activities to spotlight engineering and promote careers in the field.
A focus of EWeek 2012 will be science, technology, engineering and math education awareness, better known as STEM education, and many organizations will carry out programs that aim to create visibility for the profession in the precollege education sector. For instance, ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) will conduct the Inspire Innovation workshop, which will bring together engineers and K-12 teachers for a daylong program of fun, enrichment and knowledge-sharing.
“A thrust of the workshop is to motivate K-12 students to consider careers in the engineering profession, and also to inspire K-12 teachers to incorporate engineering into lesson plans as well as learn about tools and resources that can influence effective classroom instruction,” said Victoria A. Rockwell, the president of ASME.
In another Engineers Week 2012 program, ASME is launching the “DiscoverE Educator Recognition Awards” to teachers in grades 6-12 who demonstrate success in inspiring students to discover engineering. The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., site of other EWeek events, including the Future City competition.
While the nation’s capital will host several Engineers Week 2012 activities, towns and communities everywhere are encouraged to join in the celebration. Other staples of Engineers Week include “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” and the announcement of the “New Faces of Engineering,” which features rising stars of the profession.
Experts believe that the United States is facing a shortage of scientific and engineering talent and skills required to develop next-generation technologies enabling the U.S. to compete in the global market. Engineers Week goes a long way toward solving this problem, while also celebrating the many ways that engineers and engineering contribute to the betterment of our quality of life across the world. For information, visit www.asme.org.

America Gets Ready to Celebrate Engineering

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – February 19-25, 2012, is Engineers Week, or EWeek, a celebration of the engineering profession and a focal point for public awareness programs showcasing engineering and technology. This national event is held each year during the week of President George Washington’s Birthday; many consider George Washington to be the nation’s first engineer.
Schools, corporations, museums, government and media groups and technical organizations across the country will join together in the outreach effort, sponsoring various programs and activities to spotlight engineering and promote careers in the field.
A focus of EWeek 2012 will be science, technology, engineering and math education awareness, better known as STEM education, and many organizations will carry out programs that aim to create visibility for the profession in the precollege education sector. For instance, ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) will conduct the Inspire Innovation workshop, which will bring together engineers and K-12 teachers for a daylong program of fun, enrichment and knowledge-sharing.
“A thrust of the workshop is to motivate K-12 students to consider careers in the engineering profession, and also to inspire K-12 teachers to incorporate engineering into lesson plans as well as learn about tools and resources that can influence effective classroom instruction,” said Victoria A. Rockwell, the president of ASME.
In another Engineers Week 2012 program, ASME is launching the “DiscoverE Educator Recognition Awards” to teachers in grades 6-12 who demonstrate success in inspiring students to discover engineering. The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., site of other EWeek events, including the Future City competition.
While the nation’s capital will host several Engineers Week 2012 activities, towns and communities everywhere are encouraged to join in the celebration. Other staples of Engineers Week include “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” and the announcement of the “New Faces of Engineering,” which features rising stars of the profession.
Experts believe that the United States is facing a shortage of scientific and engineering talent and skills required to develop next-generation technologies enabling the U.S. to compete in the global market. Engineers Week goes a long way toward solving this problem, while also celebrating the many ways that engineers and engineering contribute to the betterment of our quality of life across the world. For information, visit www.asme.org.

Engineers Finding Work Despite Economy

Recent surveys on the U.S. labor market point to favorable employment opportunities for engineers and scientists, even in today’s struggling economy.

According to statistics compiled at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the nation’s engineering workforce of more than 1.7 million professionals is expected to increase by 11 percent through 2016. In addition, studies of the science and engineering labor force conducted by the National Science Foundation note that the strong growth in technology jobs over the past two decades will continue, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of the total labor market.

Positive Trends in the Engineering Workforce

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Recent surveys on the U.S. labor market point to favorable employment opportunities for engineers and scientists, even in today’s struggling economy.

According to statistics compiled at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the nation’s engineering workforce of more than 1.7 million professionals is expected to increase by 11 percent through 2016. In addition, studies of the science and engineering labor force conducted by the National Science Foundation note that the strong growth in technology jobs over the past two decades will continue, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of the total labor market.

Engineers and scientists are earning good starting salaries as well. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 12 of the 15 highest-earning college degrees are in engineering. Starting salaries in petroleum engineering average $83,121, while mechanical, aeronautical, and industrial engineers can expect offers in the mid to high-50,000’s.

The positive employment trends and boost in salaries are encouraging indeed for ASME and other organizations that advocate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. ASME also encourages ongoing continuing education and skills enhancement, which foster sustained career development and enrichment.

Early-career engineers as well as more seasoned engineers have many resources for continuing education and professional development, including ASME, which offers short courses in a variety of disciplines like power engineering and bioprocess technology. In addition, the Professional Practice Curriculum at ASME allows engineers, particularly those in the early stages of their careers, to access learning modules on topics ranging from intellectual property and negotiation to team building and risk assessment.

Engineers may also choose to augment technical skills with skills and aptitude in marketing, strategic planning, accounting, financial systems and project management. With innovation becoming increasingly important, companies require managers who can speak the language of both technology and business to effectively manage and negotiate projects in the global marketplace.

For an engineer in a workplace that is demanding ever-changing skill sets, education goes beyond a college degree. Learning must be a lifelong endeavor. For information on engineering workforce development, contact ASME at www.asme.org.

Engineering a Greener World

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Having pushed its way to the forefront of the national news, the green movement and energy debate have set into motion ambitious initiatives and programs, ranging from the increased use of electric vehicles to the further development of bio-fuels for electric power generation. Now, joining in on the movement are America’s engineers.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), in collaboration with IEEE-USA, developed a “National Energy Policy Goals Proclamation” outlining critical national energy priorities that the two societies would like to see implemented by Congress within the upcoming years.

Considered by many to be on the frontlines for a response to the nation’s energy challenges, the engineering industry rose to the occasion in overwhelming support of this proclamation. In total, 21 engineering societies, representing more than 1 million engineers, embraced the proclamation’s message.

One of the top messages that the proclamation pushes is for the modernization of the nation’s electric transmission grid. “The electric grid that exists in the country today has served the country

well for decades, but a redesigned and re-engineered system is needed that builds on the grid that is in place and makes use of the most advanced control technology available. It must support bringing electricity generated by new sustainable, economic and environmentally acceptable technologies to load centers around the country.”

While many groups call for abandoning all nonrenewable resources, engineers know that it’s not that easy. Engineers want to find eco-friendly energy sources, like biomass, solar and wind power. The proclamation emphasizes drawing energy from a broad range of sources, including coal, petroleum, nuclear, natural gas, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric power.

By creating concise, effective measures to adapt to climate change through carbon mitigation, the proclamation aims to provide a long-term commitment to energy research, development and demonstration.

ASME has many members who work in the energy sector, and during the 129-year existence of the organization, it has been a source of new ideas and knowledge. As such, ASME is a credible and trusted player in the energy industry. For more information, visit www.asme.org.