‘Engineers Make a World of Difference’
What would we do without engineers? It would be impossible without them; with them—anything is possible. In February we commend engineers in Alaska, and in the magazine, coinciding with the much broader celebration of national Engineers Week, better known as E-Week, which takes place the last week of February with events that encourage engineers across the country to help students of all ages to discover engineering and to introduce girls to engineering, especially. In fact, February 25 is “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” day. Engineers Week turns sixty-five this year and the organization has made quite a difference since the first E-Week in 1951. Learn more at DiscoverE.org.
The Anchorage E-Week committee has put together several events in February to celebrate engineering. In Anchorage, there’s a neon bowling social to kick off E-Week on Friday, February 19 at Dimond Center Bowling—all engineers welcome. Find particulars for all the planned E-Week events at eweekak.org.
One of the larger events planned is going to be held at the new Engineering & Industry Building on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. All students in grades K-12 are welcome and encouraged to participate in the free competitions that demonstrate concepts and principles of engineering. It’s February 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Along with the UAA College of Engineering, many Anchorage professional engineering societies are supporting the 2016 Engineers Week Student Competitions at UAA this year, including the society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, UAA Department of Geomatics, and National Society of Professional Engineers.
Engineering scholarships are also awarded during E-Week, and the Engineer of the Year is named at the annual E-Week banquet. This year’s nominees are profiled in the Architects & Engineers special section that begins on page 50. The theme for 2016 is “Engineers Make a World of Difference.”
Something else that makes a world of difference is international trade, and that is the topic of another annual special section we’ve put together this month with a little help from our friends at World Trade Center Anchorage. That special section begins on page 82.
We’d like to think the magazine makes a world of difference, too. Enjoy!
—Susan Harrington, Managing Editor
This article first appeared in the February 2016 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly.