LIPINSKI TO INTRODUCE RESOLUTION HONORING NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK
Feb. 12, 2010
Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced his intention to introduce a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week. This is the fifth year in a row that Congressman Lipinski, an engineer by training, has introduced a resolution celebrating National Engineers Week, which is now in its 19th year. On Thursday, a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware introduced a companion resolution.
Running from Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, National Engineers Week brings thousands of engineer volunteers into K-12 classrooms across the country, and includes Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the national finals of the Future City Competition for middle-school students. These programs seek to inspire kids and introduce them to engineering while fostering public awareness of the vital contributions made by engineers to our quality of life and economic prosperity.
“Whether it is increasing the fuel efficiency of the cars we drive, designing the latest generation of ultra-fast computer chips, developing better ways to protect our troops, or improving American manufacturing, engineers play a tremendously important role in today’s world,” Congressman Lipinski said. “And in the 21st Century, their importance will only increase, as we work to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and respond to increasingly stiff competition from highly skilled workers abroad. In order to meet these challenges, we need to reach out to the youth of today and get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and math.”
“National Engineers Week is an important reminder of the significant contributions engineers have made in our society,” Senator Kaufman said. “It’s engineers who will continue to address the major technological and infrastructure challenges of our time – from providing clean water to defending the Nation to developing green energy technologies needed to power the American people into the future.”
As one of the few trained engineers in Congress, a former educator, and the Chairman of the Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee, Congressman Lipinski has pushed for improvements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education throughout his career. Currently, Congressman Lipinski is working to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, which was first passed in 2007 in response to the National Academies’ report Rising Above the Gathering Storm. That report warned that America risked losing its place as the world’s scientific and technological leader unless it took action. Improving STEM education at all levels is among the most important steps we can take to ensure that America remains the most technologically innovative country in the world.
“I remember the impact that visiting the Museum of Science and Industry had on me when I was young,” Congressman Lipinski said. “Those experiences spoke to me in a very direct and concrete way, and they helped spark my interest in the fields that eventually led me to get a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in engineering. By exposing more kids to the fascinating field of engineering, National Engineers Week opens their eyes to new possibilities and helps America to prepare for the future.”
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