ODOT employees to participate in National Engineers Week

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Friday, February 14, 2014)Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 employees will be participating in National Engineers Week observed all next week, February 16th through February 22nd, 2014. 
ODOT is teaming up with the Kent State University (KSU) Tuscarawas, the Tuscarawas County Engineer's Office and other local businesses to provide area high school students an opportunity to explore the field of engineering. Two students from New Philadelphia High School and three from Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School will spend the day Tuesday, February 18th 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.
 
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 important 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. ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam, P.E., P.S. 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."
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Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
 
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email
D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us