National Engineers Weekis the fourth week of February. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize 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 in conjunction with President George Washington's Birthday. President Washington is considered as the nation's first engineer, notably for his survey work.
TheNational Engineers Week Foundation is a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce. This is done by increasing awareness and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. National Engineers Week (NEW) also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Although NEW is a nationwide event, each major county puts together their own E-Week and San Diego county does just that. The week in San Diego has many events with the culmination being the awards banquet which is sponsored by the San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC) and hosted on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego (USD) at the Forum at Hahn University Center.
NEW San Diego 2015 contributing societies and schools were:
Each year one of the many professional engineering societies leads the committee to put on National Engineers Week. The 2015 General Chair is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) celebrating their 100th Anniversary! The theme is: "DiscoverE Engineers Week". This year’s San Diego National Engineers Week will have educational outreach events such as Engineers Day, MATHCOUNTS at UCSD, and ASCE Centennial Cup to go along with the Awards Banquet.
The awards banquet will take place on February 27, 2015 at the University of San Diego (USD).
The San Diego County Engineering Council will proudly present awards to distinguished individuals and organizations from the San Diego County region in the categories of: