Engineers are often portrayed as a comic Hollywood stereotype of some socially-awkward nebbish, wearing horned-rimmed glasses and a white, collared short-sleeved shirt, complete with pocket protector. Yet the reality about engineering and the men and women engaged in it is nothing so absurd. Many of our daily activities, including crossing a bridge, cooking dinner, watching TV and turning on a water tap, owe something to an engineer.
Feb. 21-27 is Engineers Week. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.