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SAE International Sponsors National Engineers Week 2007

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 31, 2007 - Recognizing the importance that engineering plays in every facet of life, SAE International is a national sponsor of Engineers Week 2007 set Feb. 18-24.

Why has SAE chosen to be a sponsor of this important event?

Reports indicate that there is a decline in the number of American students training to be scientists. Such a trend could result in a shortage of trained engineers to meet the rising demand for such skills. The number of scientific and engineering-related patents awarded in the United States has fallen nearly 10 percent since 1980, while the number awarded to Asian countries has increased more than 10 percent. 

SAE is working to reverse these trends and help introduce and educate today's students to science, math and engineering. 

SAE is a global mobility engineering society of more than 90,000 members. Through its Foundation, SAE International works to better train students and help them get the experience and education needed to be effective professionals. Through award-winning K-12 educational programs, dynamic Collegiate Design Series competitions, and numerous scholarship and award programs, SAE International builds bridges between corporations and classrooms and gives engineers, school teachers and students the opportunity to work together and learn.

Engineers Week is a coalition of more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. It is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.

Activities for Engineers Week 2007 in which SAE will participate include:

  • Design Squad – A new PBS program that uses television to introduce kids and families to the engineering design process.
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Thursday, February 22) – Thousands of women engineers, with support from their male counterparts, directly mentor more than one million girls and young women in K-12 with firsthand experiences in engineering.
  • New Faces of Engineering – Young engineers and their contributions are highlighted to encourage younger students to consider engineering careers.
  • National Engineers Week Future City Competition™– 30,000 middle-school students in 1,100 schools from 38 regions nationally work with teachers and volunteer engineers to envision the future.

 

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