As part of a collaborative effort to increase engineering outreach, executives from Intel Corporation and the National Society of Professional Engineers will announce plans to partner in engaging the engineering community in preparation for Engineers Week 2009. The announcement will be made July 24, in Portland, during a hands-on outreach activity with local kids as part of the annual NSPE conference.
The partnership and its efforts will highlight the need for engineering talent and will support programs and policies to meet current and future needs. Intel and NSPE will lead the Engineers Week coalition, a formal alliance of more than 100 organizations, including 50 companies that rely on engineering talent for success.
Co-chairing National Engineers Week during our 40th Anniversary year is especially significant for us,” said Honorary Chair Craig Barrett. “Intel is an engineering company building some of the world’s most complex products. Advocating for education and advancing innovation are core to what we do.”
As part of the collaboration, NSPE is committing to use its leadership role to generate one million hours of volunteering from its members and members of other engineering societies. “2009 will mark NSPE’s 75th anniversary and when we heard about Intel’s 40th anniversary gift to its communities of one million hours of volunteering that really resonated with us,” said Kathryn Gray, P.E., National Engineers Week chair at NSPE. “We saw an opportunity to support National Engineers Week in an even bigger way than we have before, and volunteering allows us to share our expertise and excitement about engineering with communities around the world.”
Barrett is very excited about NSPE’s commitment. “Intel is delivering the first million hours of volunteering and NSPE is delivering the next million hours. Intel and NSPE will bring engineering to life for, literally, millions of students.”
Intel and NSPE will encourage volunteers to use resources and ideas from Design Squad, the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning PBS television program (pbs.org/designsquad) as one way to engage kids. Design Squad is a reality-based engineering and design challenge show geared to middle school students that centers around two groups of aspiring teenage engineers. To underscore that it pays to consider engineering, Intel provides a $10,000 scholarship to the winning Design Squad contestant and an additional $10,000 to the Intel Design Squad Trash to Treasure contest winner (deadline August 31 or BKFK.com for more information).
At the Portland event, 200 local students will have a chance to try their hand at Design Squad-inspired, hands-on engineering activities and have the chance to meet members of the Design Squad cast. On hand will be Nick Palumbo, an engineering student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Deysi Melgar, an incoming college freshman at Wheaton College. Deysi, who is considering a minor in aerospace engineering, had not considered engineering until she joined the Design Squad. “My experience on Design Squad opened my eyes to what was possible as an engineer. I hadn’t realized how many aspects of my life that engineering touched. It excites me to consider a future as a female engineer and the impact I can have in that profession.”
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society for licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members.
About National Engineers Week
Nationally, the Engineers Week coalition comprises more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the coalition is dedicated to sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession by ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce, increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students, and promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Co-chairs of Engineers Week 2009, February 15-21, are the National Society of Professional Engineers and Intel Corporation.