Sixty Years of Engineering Outreach
The National Engineers Week Foundation supports and is supported by a coalition of more than 150 corporations, government agencies, and engineering, education, and diversity organizations. Tens of thousands of their employees and members devote hundreds of thousands of hours in engineering outreach and education. Why, and is it worth it?
As part of the Engineers Week 60th anniversary in 2011, Honorary Chairman William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon, invited engineering and technology leaders to share their thoughts on several key issues.
Mr. Swanson shares his thoughts on all three issues here.
Why is it important to the future of the U.S. economy to have a strong STEM pipeline?
Few factors are more critical to future U.S. competitiveness than a robust supply of college graduates with degrees in the hard sciences. More
Chevron, John S. Watson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
We now live in a knowledge based economy that can grow only through innovation… More
National Academy of Engineering, Charles Vest, President
The United States’ economic strength, our national security, and our future standing in the world are fundamentally dependent upon our ability to innovate. More
Northrop Grumman Corporation, Wes Bush, President and Chief Executive Officer
It’s hard to think of any major advancement or invention in our country’s history that hasn’t been founded on science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) principles. More
Shell Oil Company, Marvin Odum, President
How do we secure the U.S. pipeline for STEM talent in the future, given the generational transition on the horizon as Baby Boomers begin to retire?
Technology and innovation are core drivers of the long-term strength and stability of our economy. More
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Jim Shields, President and Chief Executive Officer
There is no nation that has invested more capital to develop more good ideas in a more adventurous way and changed the shape of humankind than the United States. More
Lockheed Martin, Robert J. Stevens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
We … have a history of targeting our nation’s STEM talent at various stages of development – from middle and secondary school to college and eventually to within our company and industry. More
Westinghouse, Dr. Aris Candris, President and Chief Executive Officer
...Start early - Our window for engagement is relatively brief. More
Rockwell Collins, Clayton Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer.
How do we encourage STEM candidates to pursue careers in engineering rather than in business or finance? And are they always mutually exclusive?
Extracurricular opportunities are important complements to STEM education efforts. More
Agilent Technologies, Darlene Solomon, Chief Technology Officer
Let’s show STEM careers in action. More
Bechtel Group, Inc., Riley P. Bechtel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
If we want to position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation – an economic imperative for the U.S. – we have to inspire children to have a better grasp of scientific concepts and encourage pursuit of careers in science and engineering. More
DuPont, Ellen Kullman, Chair and Chief Executive Officer