ODOT Employees to Participate in National Engineers Week
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, February 16, 2011) – Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 employees will be participating in National Engineers Week observed all next week, February 20th through February 26th, 2011.
To kick off the celebration, ODOT District 11 recently played host to a Garaway High School student, who job shadowed design engineers for a day, learning about structures, traffic signals, traffic safety, ODOT’s sign shop, drainage and plan development, roadway design, and maintenance of traffic.
ODOT will also be teaming up with the Kent State University (KSU) Tuscarawas, the Tuscarawas County Engineer's Office and other local businesses to provide other area high school students an opportunity to explore the field of engineering. Up to four area high school students will spend the day Tuesday, February 22nd 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.
Additionally, ODOT District 11 engineers will attend the Engineering Opportunities Expo at KSU Tuscarawas on Feb. 24th as part of the wood bridge competition.
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 said, "Each year, we take this week to celebrate our accomplishments as a profession. Our vocation has contributed meaningfully toward improving the quality of life for millions of people around the world. From medical breakthroughs to enabling transportation infrastructure, from complicated manufacturing complexes to technological innovation, engineers envision a better future and work hard to make it happen for everyone."
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