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Engineers' Club of Philadelphia


A Closer Look at the 2010 Engineers Week Celebrations

Over the past year, the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council became a committee of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia. During this transition period, one of the first tasks of the new committee of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia has been to look at the traditional Engineers Week events to determine if there are better ways to celebrate Engineers Week. The official national designation of Engineers Week occurs generally in the third week of February in 2010, it will be celebrated from February 13-20. For over 30 years, the celebration of Engineers Week in the Delaware Valley has included a Proclamation Luncheon the Friday before Engineers Week, to kick-off the celebration, and ended with an awards banquet the Saturday of Engineers Week. Approximately 15 years ago, the Engineers Club started the Young Engineer of the Year banquet, generally on the Wednesday of Engineers Week. As part of the review of the celebrations, we reviewed the goals of Engineers Week and determined that the main goals of these functions are: 1. Recognition of engineers and engineering among peers, which includes college students declared as engineering majors. 2. Recognition of engineers and promotion of engineering among the general public, which includes K-12 students, teachers, and counselors. The demographics of the engineering community additionally must be considered. The younger engineers are different than the baby boomer and older engineers. The corporate environment is much different from the atmosphere of 30 years ago, frequently with less support for involvement in technical society activities. Family life is also different, with the growth of two-income families, single-parent families, and the multitude of activities available for children. There are many more events and happenings that compete for available free time, which in itself is becoming a scarce commodity for us. Considering these goals and demographics, the Committee developed a draft proposal outline for the 2010 Engineers Week events / activities. We distributed an online survey to obtain input from various stakeholders of the engineering community on the draft proposal. We are in the process of reviewing the results of the survey and revising the events proposal for the 2010 Engineers Week celebration. The revised proposal will be presented at the August Committee meeting for approval. After this Committee approval, we look forward to launching the events. The Club wants to extend an invitation not only all its membership, but also to the collective memberships of all the technical and professional societies and the entire engineering profession to become involved in celebrating the wonderful and noble engineering profession during the 2010 Engineers Week. Please contact Diane Conway (dconway@engrclub.org) at the Club for more information about how you can get involved.