Sending Office: Honorable Daniel Lipinski
Sent By:
Carl.Roberts@mail.house.gov

Celebrate “National Engineers Week”

 

Co-sponsor Resolution to Recognize and Promote Engineering

Deadline for Original Cosponsorship: COB Thursday, February 15

Lunch Briefing: Tuesday, February 13 at 12:00pm in 2043-2044 RHOB

Dear Colleague:

A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that advances in science and engineering will be a primary driver of our future economy and the creation of jobs. In fact, it states that “while only 4 percent of the nation’s
work force is composed of scientists and engineers, this group disproportionately creates jobs for the other 96 percent.” As we compete in an increasingly globalized society, introducing and educating young Americans about engineering and science needs to
be a national priority. 

The week of February 18, 2018, to February 22, 2018, has been designated Engineers Week by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation). This year’s theme is ‘‘Engineers: Inspiring Wonder’’ to spotlight the important contributions of the engineering
community to our quality of life now and in the future, including awe-inspiring wonders like cloud-busting skyscrapers and human travel to Mars and daily marvels like clean drinking water, computers, and cars. Engineers Week motivates youth to pursue engineering
careers in order to provide a vigorous, diverse, and competitive engineering workforce. By raising public awareness through events like the Future City Competition, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, and Discover Engineering Family Day, Engineers Week opens
up the world of engineering to bright young minds across the county. The resolution we are introducing supports these goals and ideals of Engineers Week. Currently, the resolution has been endorsed by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE),
the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA), the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

DiscoverE will also hold a lunch briefing for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Tuesday, February 13th in Rayburn 2043-2044 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending please contact Gwen Hearn at 703-684-2861 or Gwen@DiscoverE.org.
The briefing will introduce successful role models for girls who will share what it takes to be mentors to young girls and how even one experience in engineering can set a girl on her STEM path.

Please join us in supporting engineering and engineering education across the United States. To become an original cosponsor of this resolution, please contact Joel Creswell with Rep. Daniel Lipinski’s office at 5-1230 or joel.creswell@mail.house.gov.
The deadline to be an original cosponsor is COB Thursday February 15th.

 

Sincerely,

Daniel Lipinski

Member of Congress

 

 

RESOLUTION

Supporting the goals and ideals of Engineers Week.

Whereas engineers employ their scientific knowledge and analytical skills for the betterment of the United States;

Whereas the mission of DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism as needed to keep the United States a global leader in engineering
and engineering education;

Whereas the sponsors of Engineers Week are working together to transform the engineering workforce through greater inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities;

Whereas by engaging young students, parents, and educators in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities, engineers help them discover how they can make a meaningful difference in the world;

Whereas the partnership between engineers and teachers inspires future generations of engineering and technology talent;

Whereas tens of thousands of engineers and engineering students will serve their communities not only through their work but, at this time of year, by reaching into hundreds of local communities;

Whereas engineers have helped meet the major global challenges of our time, including providing state-of-the-art transportation and information technology infrastructures, enhancing national security, and developing the clean energy technologies needed to
power the people of the United States into the future;

Whereas most people in the United States continue to say that the benefits of science outweigh the potential harms, that the Federal Government should fund research, and that ‘‘science creates more opportunity for the next generation’’ according to the National
Science Board’s 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators;

Whereas engineers are a crucial link in research, development, and the transformation of scientific discoveries into useful products and jobs, as the people of the United States look more than ever to engineers and their imagination, knowledge, and analytical
skills to meet the challenges of the future;

Whereas the National Science Board’s 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators show that the number of students obtaining engineering bachelor’s degrees in the United States has increased steadily for the last 15 years for which data are available, yet the
rates for women do not reflect our national demographics, with only 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering being earned by women;

Whereas the National Science Board’s ‘‘Science and Engineering Indicators 2018’’ show that historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, particularly Blacks and Hispanics, continue to display lower participation rates in science and engineering
(S&E) occupations relative to their presence in the United States population, comprising about 11 percent of the S&E workforce;

Whereas the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics report on ‘‘Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2017’’ shows that women are closing the gap with men in S&E educational
attainment but are still underrepresented in S&E occupations;

Whereas only around 4 percent of the Nation’s workforce is comprised of scientists and engineers, yet this group disproportionately creates jobs for the other 96 percent;

Whereas DiscoverE has grown into a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations, and government agencies that serves as a hub of engineering outreach dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated engineering workforce,
promoting literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and raising public awareness and appreciation of the contributions of engineers to society; and

Whereas February 18, 2018, to February 24, 2018, has been designated as Engineers Week by DiscoverE and the theme is, ‘‘Engineers: Inspiring Wonder’’, spotlighting the important contributions of the engineering community to our quality of life now and in
the future, including awe-inspiring wonders like cloud-busting skyscrapers and human travel to Mars and daily marvels like clean drinking water, computers, and cars: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) supports the goals and ideals of Engineers Week to increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers and to promote technological literacy and engineering education;

(2) recognizes that engineering education is a critical component of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and essential to improving the United States educational system and economic prosperity; and

(3) ensures that technological solutions designed by the engineering community can be advanced through research, development, standardization, and innovation.

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