George Washington was an avid land surveyor and is considered to be the nation’s first engineer.
The 2015 National Engineers Week is coming up and will take place February 22-28.
Observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies, National Engineers Week’s purpose is to spotlight the contributions that engineers make to society. It is also a time for engineers to bring attention the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.
The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. It usually coincides with President George Washington’s birthday (February 22), although in some years, it instead coincided with Presidents day. For his work in land surveying, President Washington is considered as the United States of America’s first engineer.
If you know an engineer, make sure to greet him/her a happy National Engineers Week. If you yourself are an engineer, take the time to spread the importance of learning math and science to others, especially the youth, and inform others the significant impact of engineers to our society — without bragging, of course.
Next year in the year 2016, Engineers Week will be celebrated from February 21-27. The countdown has already begun, and you can keep track of it at DiscoverE’s Engineers Week webpage.
DiscoverE is an organization formerly known as the National Engineers Week Foundation. The volunteer-based organization’s mission is “to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism”.