Without engineering, the world would look drastically different. Highway systems, clean water, refrigeration, electrical grids and the automobile would be unknown without engineers. Mechanical, electrical, industrial, chemical, and civil engineers are the professionals whose brilliant minds enable us to enjoy our work in more pleasant environments, keep our city infrastructure modernized, and our home warm and safe. For these and so many other reasons, it is fitting to celebrate National Engineers Week!
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) was established in 1934 to “create an inclusive, nontechnical organization dedicated to the interests of licensed professional engineers, regardless of practice are, that would protect engineers (and the public) from unqualified practitioners, build public recognition for the profession, and stand against unethical practices and inadequate compensation” (NSPE, 2021, para.1). The NSPE vision statement is “a world where the public can be confident that engineering decisions affecting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professions. Their mission is “to foster licensed professional engineers in service to society” (NSPE, 2021, para.1).
It was in this spirit of service and professionalism that the NSPE, in 1951, founded Engineers Week. Each year during the week of February 21-27, organizations and corporations across the country take action to ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers (NSPE, 2021).
The 2021 theme is Engineers: Inspiring Wonder and the week is dedicated to:
- Celebrating how engineers make a difference in our world
- Increasing public dialogue about the need for engineers
- Bringing engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents
Following are ideas for each:
Celebrate engineers by:
- Acknowledging engineers – for example with a spotlight in a website or email
- Creating an awards banquet over a lunch hour with funny or serious awards for engineers
- Supporting engineers with professional development by sending them to trainings and conferences
Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers in your community by:
- Sponsoring educational initiatives in the local school district
- Sponsoring engineering contests in the community
- Having a guest speaker and inviting community members to attend
Bring engineering to life for kids by:
- Challenging children to build a toothpick or popsicle bridge
- Highlighting photos of engineering projects you admire and explaining why
- Making a “snack” pulley together
A quick Google search reveals countless ways to introduce and engage kids in activities about mechanical, electrical, industrial, chemical, and civil engineering and National Engineering Week is a great time to begin.
Kettering University Online Engineering Programs
If you are interested in an engineering career, or if you are already in the engineering industry and would like to move into management, this week is also a great time to visit online.kettering.edu to check out our engineering programs:
Master of Science Engineering-ECE-Advanced Mobility
Kettering University’s online Master of Science Engineering-ECE-Advanced Mobility program placed #71 on the 2021 list of U.S. News and World Report’s rankings for Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs. (U.S. News and World Report, 2021).
This cutting-edge, advanced engineering degree is grounded in the philosophy of Learn Today-Use Tomorrow. With its innovative instructional design, this engineering degree equips graduates with the technical expertise to play an integral role in the development of electric and autonomous vehicles, mobile robotics, and other dynamic systems. This program is designed specifically to meet growing demands within the automotive and advanced mobility industry, and focuses on systems essential to the future of transportation, such as:
- Integration of electrical and computer systems for autonomous vehicles and other advanced mobility applications
- Development of advanced mobility applications for electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles, transportation systems, artificial intelligence and robotics as it applies to mobility
- Design of dynamic systems that work to enhance and support autonomous functionality
- Robotics enhanced by artificial intelligence
Master of Science Engineering Management
If engineering management is more appealing, check out our MS Engineering Management degree program.
Engineers, at the beginning of their career, often focus on mastering the technical aspects and responsibilities of their job. After establishing an effective skill-set and a firm work ethic, some engineers feel ready for more – more responsibility, more variety in their daily tasks, and more of a desire to contribute to their company’s ability to achieve its strategic goals. One way to accomplish this is by becoming a manager. The Master of Science Engineering Management program from Kettering University Online delivers the holistic leadership and communication skills needed to manage a high technology, cross-disciplinary team.
Engineering Managers Are In Demand
The field of engineering management is expected to grow. This demand will most likely be in the scientific research and development services industry and in the architectural, engineering and related services industry. Competition will be high for acquiring these positions, so it is likely that companies will place a higher priority on candidates with advanced technical knowledge, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and expert business management and financial skills.
For more information on the burgeoning Engineering Management field, read our blog, “Engineers to Managers” here.
Solving Present and Future Problems
“The ideal engineer is a composite. … He is not a scientist, he is not a mathematician, he is not a sociologist or a writer. But he may use the knowledge and techniques of any or all of these disciplines in solving problems (Doughtery, 1972, p. 33).
N.W. Dougherty, professor of civil engineering at the University of Tennessee, wrote these words in 1955. Today, our world faces even more complex problems than those of decades past. From rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, to fighting climate change, to combating water scarcity, to fighting a global pandemic, engineers, of all kinds, will certainly be challenged. These challenges will demand new thinking, innovative ideas, and consistent best practices folded into an ethos of offering ethical, socially conscious, and sustainable solutions.
Enroll in one of Kettering University’s online master’s degree programs and put your best thinking towards solving today’s most complex problems.
We understand pursuing a master’s degree can be a big decision with many factors to consider. Our knowledgeable and supportive Enrollment advisors are here to help guide your decision about which of our programs can help you to achieve your career goals. Visit online.kettering.edu for more information.
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USNews.com. (2021). Best online master's in engineering programs. https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/engineering/rankings