Since 1951, the third week in February has been for celebrating the contributions of engineers. This date was selected by the National Society of Professional Engineers to coincide with George Washington’s Birthday. Apparently our first president is also considered to be our nation’s first engineer. Who knew? This is why I love wikipedia.
I first became aware of this event in college and I think later in my college career, not my first year or two if I remember correctly (which I probably don’t). We coordinated it with the Order of the Engineer. Hmm… wonder where that ring got to… Anyway, we celebrated Engineers Week at my old company by doing some quizzes to get your name entered in a raffle, and sometimes having cake. Our Chicago Regional SWE Section participates in the EWeek celebration at IIT in Wheaton which I will be participating in for the first time this year so stay tuned for news on that.
National SWE is challenging all SWE members to talk about Engineers Week on Social Media every day this week to raise awareness and celebrate engineers. So I will do my best to post every day this week. I will in return challenge you to join me in this conversation and comment on the posts. I’d love to hear how you celebrate engineers week!