ODOT employees to participate in National Engineers Week
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, February 14, 2013) – Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 employees will be participating in National Engineers Week observed all next week, February 17th through February 23rd, 2013.
ODOT will be teaming up with the Kent State University (KSU) Tuscarawas, the Tuscarawas County Engineer's Office and other local businesses to provide four area high school students an opportunity to explore the field of engineering. Three students from Indian Valley and one from Dover High School will spend the day Tuesday, February 19th with ODOT designers and planners as well as bridge, construction and highway engineers at District 11’s New Philadelphia office as part of the Engineer for a Day program.
Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Engineers Week is among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts. It’s dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing the understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam, P.E., P.S. said, “This year’s Engineers Week theme—Celebrate Awesome—is a call to celebrate the people in the profession and all they do. This especially resonates with me. When I think about future generations, especially my kids and grandkids, I want them to know how awesome it is what engineers do and how an engineering career can help shape the world in a truly meaningful way.”
Engineers innovate. They create. They solve problems. They work together to make the world better. Engineers are key to our health, safety, and happiness. And when kids and youth get to experience it first-hand, they discover for themselves how amazing engineering is. Going forward, this is going to be even more true, as engineers develop solutions to such problems as food security, energy sustainability, infrastructure, and global climate change.
ODOT and the Tuscarawas Valley Society of Professional Engineers focus their efforts during National Engineers Week on sharing the importance of engineering with young people. MacAdam said, "The sooner young people consider engineering as a viable career option, the earlier they can begin to make educational choices – such as joining programs like “Project Lead the Way” and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education) Initiatives in middle and high school which will ultimately assist them as they pursue engineering and technical studies in college."
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us