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    National Engineers Week 2014

    Engineers Week LogoEvery year, Engineers Week is held on the third 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 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 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.

    Letter from AIAA Executive Director to AIAA Members

    From 16 February to 22 February, the nation will celebrate “Engineers Week,” highlighting engineers, engineering, and the remarkable way they have affected our lives. This year’s theme is “Let’s Make a Difference.” The aerospace community is continually making a big difference in the world so I feel that this is a very appropriate theme! From helping young people discover the wonders of flight through our “hands on” flying competitions, to educating the public about the value of aerospace to our world, to reaching across borders to form international partnerships and coalitions that bring about revolutionary technological change, or just by sitting quietly and dreaming up the “next big thing” — each of you make a difference — and for that, AIAA applauds you!

    We encourage you to get involved at the local level to celebrate National Engineers Week. For some interesting ideas, visit If you plan to hold an event, be sure to enter it on the Engineers Week website event calendar at, so the world can see how you are making a difference.

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    AIAA staff recently gathered for this photo thanking its members and all engineers.

    How Do Aerospace Engineers 'Make a Difference' in the World and Improve People's Lives?

    As Dr. Alton "Al" D. Romig, Jr., AIAA Associate Fellow, and Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Development Programs (ADP) for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, tells us:


    Al_Romig“As we recognize and celebrate Engineers Week 2014, I would like to take a moment to highlight aerospace engineers in particular. Working as I do at the Skunk Works®, it is my distinct honor to work with a number of talented aerospace engineers. The energy they bring to solve difficult problems combined with their ability to articulate a vision for the future and then the skill to design that future is remarkable."




    As Jason Dunn, CoFounder and Chief Technology Officer, Made In Space, Inc., tells us:


    Jason Dunn“People often ask me, "Why should we focus on space exploration when we have so many problems here on Earth?" The answer to this question is EXACTLY why we should continue to focus on space exploration, and more so, why aerospace engineers have an incredible opportunity to improve people's lives and really solve many of Humanity's grand challenges.

    You see, when you become passionate about space exploration and about the idea of colonizing space what you realize is that when we go to space to live there we have to become 100% self sufficient. We have to recycle all of our waste, collect all of the energy we need, clean our water supply, and grow all of our food - all in a completely sustainable manner. It will be these technologies that the we create to allow the human species to explore and live in space that will directly benefit all of the people on Earth. These are the technologies needed to bring the developing world up to the standard of living that all of us are so fortunate to have and to make our lives better too.

    We need space exploration and we need aerospace engineers because it is on the frontier that we develop the technologies that move our species forward.”


    As Dr. Wanda Austin, AIAA Fellow, and President and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, tells us:


    Dr_Wanda_Austin“Aerospace engineers make a difference in the world because they undertake bold projects that transform entire industries and contribute to national security and the public good in ways that improve our lives. The list of such projects in aeronautics and space is legendary. Consider commercial aircraft, GPS, environmental remote sensing, communications through space, and many other systems that we are the beneficiaries of virtually every day. More recently we see newer systems beginning to have a transformative effect. Examples such as remotely piloted vehicles for controlling our borders and for delivering goods, full-motion video from space, suborbital high-speed flights for commercial purposes, and other new projects all promise another round of innovation and entrepreneurship that ripple through our economy and make us competitively globally. Aerospace engineers are also crucial to solving key problems in the environment that affect everyone on the planet through space projects that monitor global conditions. They help develop new knowledge about our world, and also create new technologies that make new discoveries possible. The level of investment, risk, and technological difficulty in aerospace projects rivals anything that humans undertake, and the impact on our knowledge of the world and on our economy is pervasive and profound.”


    As David Thompson, AIAA Honorary Fellow, and Chairman, CEO and President of Orbital Sciences Corporation, tells us:


    David Thompson"Over the past century, aerospace engineers have transformed the world into a better, safer, healthier, and more prosperous place. Without their contributions, long-distance travel would be slow and expensive, worldwide communications would be cumbersome and unreliable, global positioning and timing would be non-existent, knowledge of geopolitical and environmental events would be haphazard and delayed, understanding of our place in the universe would be limited, and humanity would be forever confined to a single small blue dot."



    Regions & Sections Schedule

    18 February 2013
    The Antelope Valley section is hosting an “”Engineering Careers Night” with the Society of Women Engineers, the Society of Flight Test Engineers, and Antelope Valley College, including a panel on :How Can I Be Successful in Engineering?” The event is aimed at grades 8-12, but college students can attend to get full-time job advice from members of the panel.


    19 February 2013
    The Greater Huntsville section will tour the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Decator, Alabama facility to see their Delta rocket assembly.


    22 February 2013
    The Wichita section will have an air-powered rocket booth at the 2014 Society of Women Engineers Expo in Wichita. Also, the Utah section will participate in the Utah Engineering Council’s Annual Engineers’ Week Award Banquet.


    25 February 2013
    The Tennessee section will hold their Engineers’ Week Banquet, featuring former Astronaut Andy Allen, now the GM for Jacobs Technology in Cape Canaveral.


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    AIAA is celebrating you, the aerospace professional! We celebrate your unending thirst for knowledge, your tenacity in solving the seemingly unsolvable, and your steadfast commitment to using your skills and knowledge in an endless quest to learn more about the universe we inhabit, while improving life for all of humanity.


    How are we celebrating you? Through an ongoing campaign highlighting the aerospace community’s accomplishments, so that the public knows just how important a role you play in making all our lives better! To see what we mean, watch our video “In Search of the Next Impossible Thing,” and take a moment during Engineers Week to celebrate yourself, your peers, and our global community!


    Thank You Volunteers!

    We want to thank the volunteers who participate in any type of outreach that shares your passion for engineering. From answering Ask An Engineer questions, to judging a student conference paper, to mentoring a young professional, to speaking about your career with other professionals, all contribute to sharing the enthusiasm for what you do every day. Local section interactions inspire people of all ages every day!


    AIAA Encourages Participation in Job Satisfaction Engineering Survey

    What Makes for a Great Engineering Workplace?” – Share Your Insights!


    AIAA encourages you to contribute your workplace and career experiences to a study ( designed to systematically document what engineers enjoy most (and least) about their jobs, workplaces, and ultimately, the engineering profession. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers behind this groundbreaking study, "Stemming The Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering," are conducting this nation-wide survey of women and men currently working as engineers. It will help engineering professional societies, policy makers and educators to more thoughtfully craft initiatives that optimize engineers' engagement in technical careers and workplaces. Please consider taking 25 minutes of your time to contribute your insights and experiences to this project that aims to provide the impetus for change. Please complete the survey by 10 March 2014.

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