Aprille Ericsson


As part of the observance of Chicagoland Engineers Week, February 21-27, 2016, professional engineers, engineering societies, major corporations, CEO’s, and civic leaders will attend the Washington Award Benefit on Friday evening, February 26th at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan, Chicago.  The Washington Award reminds us that our first president was an engineer, and recognizes an engineer whose accomplishments have “pre-eminently promoted the happiness, comfort and well-being of humanity.”  Dr. Aprille Ericsson,  Aerospace Engineer. NASA Gouda Space Flight Center will be this year’s 103rd recipient of the Washington Award.    She was the first female, and the first African-American female, to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Ref http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/frontiers/ericsson.html

In addition, nearly 100 students (3rd grade through high school) will be honored to recognize their accomplishments in a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) program competitions (Future City Competition, Bridge Building Contest, FIRST Robotics Competition, Essay/Poster Contest, Illinois Science Fair and Destination ImagiNation, Inc.).

For further information visit  www.thewashingtonaward.org or contact Laura Burke, Western Society of Engineers Chicagoland Engineers Week 2016 Committee at  wse@cbbel.com.



Here’s some information about Dr. Ericsson on the NASA site


Thank you to Robert Johnson, SE, who sent GGSTEM this terrific information about Dr. Ericsson and many positive upcoming and past STEM outreach activities in Chicago (especially engineering-related programs). 

  • 2016 Chicagoland eWEEK (Engineers Week):    There will be  numerous  events to  celebrate the  engineering  profession,  exceptional  S.T.E.M.  students   and the ‘educate’   students  of all ages and the  public as to the accomplishments  of  engineers.
    February  19,  2016     –  Chicago Hilton & Towers,  Chicago
  • February 21-27, 2016     DiscovereINTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING
  • February 25, 2016   Girls engineering day  hosted by Argonne Labs
  • Engineers Week   Benefit February 26, 2016 @   the Chicago  Hilton and Towers . Dozens of Exceptional S.T.E.M. students are honored at the Engineers  Week Banquet  Engineer  Aprille Ericsson, PhD.  to  receive the  prestigious  ‘Washington Award’    and students from several   engineering outreach programs   are honored.  2015 Pictures
  • IIT –Rice Campus Dupage Area eWEEK Expo   (Huge)  Depending on weather and parallel  program(s)  this  Expo can  draw  1000-2000 visitors!!!!!!Saturday,  February 27, 2016.  More info herePoster.
  • February  27, 2016 Northwestern  University   hosts   44th annual Career Day for Girls
  • February 27, 2016 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (@UIC)
  • Program  February  27,  2016   @  IIT   National Society of Black Engineers  NSBE   (Chicago)  eWEEK program.   Tickets for the EXPO.
  • February 27, 2016  Chicago MATHCOUNTS Competition, CNA Headquarters, 333 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60604.  8AM – 2PM
  • Sunday,    February 27, 28, 2016      (Waiting for exact  details) CAFamily “Engineering”  Day   http://www.architecture.org/efesthttp://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?id=9434028    Chicago engineers explain to children, students of all ages ++ parents how engineers shaped Chicago’s famed skyline.
  • US F.I.R.S.T  Robotics  Midwest Regional Finals  @ UIC  March 31 -April 2, 2016
  • May 7, 2016  International Bridge Contest
  • Coming in August:  The ICEBOX Derby   (2016).  Pictures from August 15, 2015.  Take   note of the African-Americans  girls  in the pictures !   You  may  even   recognize   Amandla Stenberg   (Hunger Games)   in a few  of the pictures! 

Past Chicago events — GOOD NEWS




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2 Responses to Aprille Ericsson

  1. I wish to share with you this news as you won’t read/hear – see anything about this event in the local (Chicago) media Why is that?????
    So let me offer………………..

    I just found this posting ( recently posted ) !
    Dr. Aprille Ericsson Delivers Inspirational Talk at Engineering Week 2016

    The Chicago media ignored many of the Chicagoland eWEEK programs, events
    with the exception of WGN-TV / Channel 9 news


    You might want to share this link(s) (URL) with any S.T.E.M. contacts.

    Let’s spread the word of this Inspirational Talk!! one that was largely ignored by the Chicago press, others .

    Banquet Pictures


    Dozens of exceptional S.T.E.M. students honored at the banquet!!!!

    Maybe you can join us in 2017 (Save the date , February 24, 2017) when another renowned engineer will be honored along with dozens of exceptional S.T.E.M. students.

    as always

    Bob Johnson

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