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Engineering a better world: National Engineers Week

As we begin National Engineers week, which spans from February 18-24, 2018, we are more than ever aware that engineers make a difference in the world. Here are some examples:

NASA FINDER equipment locates trapped victims of the recent Mexico earthquake

How NASA technology helps in natural disasters

Hurricane hardening for utility power architectures: Puerto Rico

How NASA helps Earth in natural disasters

We, as engineers, need to spread the word that the world needs more of us. We need to go to children, teens, educators, parents and especially tap women and young girls and encourage them to pursue careers in science, math, and engineering (STEM) at a minimum, which could lead to engineering.

Engineers are a rare breed, don’t let us be the “last Jedi” of the technical world.

Want to be part of the technology to bring astronauts to Mars?

Let's get young people excited about what they can do in their future. The astronauts going to Mars and the scientists that will enable that effort are in grammar school and high school right now.

Let’s get young people excited about what they can do in their future. The astronauts going to Mars and the scientists that will enable that effort are in grammar school and high school right now.

Contact the local science and math faculty at your nearby schools and find out how you can help foster STEM. We can be mentors, tutors, as well as give presentations regarding STEM. Let’s show them what mathematics and science can do—let it be fun and exciting for them.

We can participate in local or regional competitions such as FIRST robotics or MATHCOUNTS.

Personally, I like to visit local university Robotics clubs like Arizona State University Rossum Rumblers—there are such creative young people enjoying such activities right in your own area.

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