Focus on outreach
An integral part of NCEES efforts to engage with K–12 students was the organization’s continued support of DiscoverE Engineers Week, which is held the third week of February to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world. Working with DiscoverE allowed NCEES to promote the importance of licensure to a wider audience.
- NCEES sponsored the best Land Surveying Practices special award for the Future City Competition. Future City challenges middle-school teams, with guidance from teachers and engineering mentors, to design a city 150 years in the future. This is the fifth year that NCEES has sponsored the regional competition and the 14th year it has offered the award at the national level. By offering this award at 40 regional competitions and the finals, 40,000 students learned how surveying is critical to their communities now and in the future.
- At the DiscoverE Family Day in Washington, D.C., NCEES members, volunteers, and staff shared their enthusiasm for engineering and surveying with two interactive activities. Children put their compasses to work and walked in the footsteps of real surveyors in X Marks the Spot. They also rolled up their sleeves and learned about the engineering process with Flinker. The event, celebrating its 25th year, attracted 6,300 children, parents, and community groups this year.
- NCEES was again the primary sponsor of New Faces of Engineering—College Edition. This program, which NCEES has sponsored since it began in 2013, recognizes the best and brightest engineering students whose whole academic successes and experiences have positioned them to make an impact.
- NCEES continued preparations to serve as lead society sponsor for Engineers Week 2018, with Past President Dale Jans, P.E., serving as chair.
Connecting education and professional practice
In addition to supporting classroom learning and promoting careers in engineering and surveying with K–12 audiences, NCEES provided financial and volunteer resources for outreach initiatives at the college level.
At its May 2017 meeting, the NCEES board of directors approved a restructuring of the Engineering Education Award. NCEES will introduce new award categories and prize amounts for the 2018 competition to encourage a broad spectrum of engineering programs to enter.
The 2018 NCEES Engineering Education Award categories are
- International projects
- Community enhancement projects
- Public welfare and health services/care projects
- Energy and sustainability projects
- Device/design/prototype projects
- Freshman/sophomore design projects
- Innovation projects
In addition to launching new award categories, NCEES will introduce new award amounts and increase the number of possible winners. Award amounts include one $25,000 grand prize winner and seven $10,000 prize winners.
Impact of the Engineering Education Award
- Number of projects entered since 2009: 225
- Prize money since 2009: $562,500