Engineers Week Goes Global, Expands Outreach and Volunteer Opportunities.
On February 21, 2005, a full-page advertisement in USA TODAY showcased the third “class” of New Faces of Engineering. These young engineers represent the profession’s vitality and diversity and put a face on the profession. The young nominees are inventors, managers, builders and designers in and outside of the United States. The top nominee from ASME traveled from his native Turkey to take part in Engineers Week events in Washington, D.C. Societies that are part of the Engineers Week Steering Committee recommended up to five nominees, with at least one from outside the United States, to a special review panel. The top 14 were recognized in USA TODAY. The New Faces are engaged as moderators and experts in the “Connecting the World to Engineering” forums and are available to college and pre-college students online. They are also engaged in representing their employers and engineering societies in a variety of local and national activities.
Engineers Week headquarters continues to maintain its Connecting the World to Engineering forum, launched in 2004. Additionally, DuPont executive James B. Porter, P.E., spoke via teleconference to engineering college students at five locations, including three in the continental United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada, about the transition from school to the work place. The presentation is archived.
Engineers Week Chair Victoria Rockwell handled interviews on more than 20 radio stations across the U.S. and in major markets such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, St. Louis, Toledo, and Portland. During her morning drive-time radio tour she not only raised awareness for Engineers Week but discussed issues ranging from women in engineering to math and science education for young students.
On February 21, The National Academy of Engineering presented the $500,000 2005 Charles Stark Draper Prize to Minoru S. "Sam" Araki, Francis J. Madden, Edward A. Miller,James W. Plummer, and Don H. Schoessler "for the design, development, and operation of Corona, the first space-based earth observation system." Leland C. Clark Jr. received the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize -- a $500,000 biennial award that recognizes bioengineering achievement that significantly improves the human condition -- "for bioengineering membrane-based sensors that benefit humankind in medical, food, and environmental applications." Edward J. Coyle, Leah H. Jamieson, and William C. Oakes received the Bernard M. Gordon Prize -- a $500,000 award issued annually that recognizes innovation in engineering and technology education. The trio developed and disseminated the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program.
The Chinese Institute of Engineers – USA held its fourth annual Asian-American Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony on February 26. More than a dozen recipients were recognized, including Distinguished Science and Technology Award winner Professor Daniel Tsui of Princeton University, and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Professor Su Chien, of the University of California - San Diego.
President Bush praised engineers in a widely distributed message, stating “Engineers Week provides an opportunity to recognize the many accomplishment of America’s engineers and the positive impact engineers have on our quality of life.”
Engineers and Engineers Week programs were recognized in hundreds of newspapers, radio and television stations. At the time this report was prepared, initial print circulation figures topped 53 million (up from the previous year), with about 600 additional Web clips. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day reached a circulation of more than 9 million with coverage in major newspapers and TIME Magazine, an increase over the previous year. The Future City Competition alone reached more than 21 million readers, including readers of USA TODAY and TIME for Kids.
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