Celebrate Engineering Feb. 19-25

Employees around the globe are preparing to recognize, reward and celebrate the world of engineering.
Friday, February 3, 2017 10:31 am EST

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Think about your cell phone, the roads you drive on, or the office building you sit in. Engineers have had a hand in creating or improving these daily necessities and comforts, which are often taken for granted. Throughout history, they have been the driving force behind making life better for those around them.

For 50 years, Fluor has been proud to support DiscoverE’s Engineers Week (EWeek), one of the world’s largest professional outreach programs. DiscoverE celebrates and advances the critical and often overlooked role engineers play in the economy. DiscoverE’s mission is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism.

This year, Fluor employees around the world will celebrate Engineers Week from Feb.19-25 by taking part in a variety of programs, including school outreach activities, Global Marathon, the Fluor Engineering Challenge through Science Buddies, and the always-popular Friendly Competition, an annual event in which employees develop innovative ideas and engineering skills in a challenging and friendly environment. You don’t need to be an engineer to participate in the events - all are welcome.

Arthur Aycardo, Engineers Week global chair and manager of Engineering for the Philippines, leads the effort this year. Along with support from Vice President of Engineering and EWeek Executive Sponsor Peter Hatcher, employees will find many ways to get involved. EWeek will engage and empower employees as they take part in this important effort to recognize, reward and celebrate the profession, while helping to educate, inspire and prepare tomorrow’s engineers.

Global Marathon
To help further DiscoverE’s mission, Fluor will participate in the Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering & Technology, connecting and engaging women in engineering and technology. The free, two-day event will be held March 8-9 and will allow participants to meet virtually and share their stories of personal, educational and professional challenges and successes. Additionally, Renee Perry, director of material management, will serve as the 2017 Global Marathon chair and is featured as a 2017 Thought Leader. Perry will host a session during the marathon, “Mentoring Throughout Your Career.”

This year’s keynote presentation will be “The Engineering of Cirque du Soleil: An intersection of Circus Arts & Technology.” Additional topics will include, Engineering in the Performing Arts, How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Our Work and Entrepreneurship.

Fluor Engineering Challenge
The Fluor Engineering Challenge, a partnership with Science Buddies, makes past Friendly Competitions available to Science Buddies’ 16 million users around the globe. Science Buddies is an award-winning, web-based nonprofit that empowers students, parents and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas in all areas of science that help build productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century. With the help of an expert team of scientists and educators, the Fluor Friendly Competition designed in 2016 by Team Wanbu in Manila, “Phil it Up,” has been adapted to become a truly hands-on and engaging experience designed specifically for students to coincide with this year’s Engineers Week celebrations.

Do you know a group of young minds that would like to participate in the Fluor Engineering Challenge? Direct them to the Challenge site for more information.

Fluor invests in programs that inspire and prepare students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and disciplines, and is committed to the development of our next generation workforce. Last year, during Engineers Week, Fluor volunteers visited 79 schools and charitable organizations, educating approximately 11,500 students with more than 15,400 hours of STEM enrichment/awareness.

Stay tuned for more information about Fluor’s Friendly Competition and other Engineers Week programs and activities. For more information about the Engineers Week activities planned for your office, contact your local DiscoverE champion.

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