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.
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.).
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.
- ACEMENTOR SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
February 19, 2016 – Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago
- February 21-27, 2016 Discovere: INTRODUCE 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 here. Poster.
- 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
- Volunteer to several engineering outreach programs
- www.futurecity.org/Illinois-Chicago (Regional Finals just completed)
- Junior High Future City Team Returns a Winner
- Students create their vision of future city
- Miles Davis Magnet Academy Future City team. Pictures:
- Volunteer opportunities
- ENGINEERS Putting the “E” in STEM!
- Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (2008) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12187
- “Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was.” — Theodore von Karman (ENGINEER)
- Where Are Today’s Engineering Heroes? By failing to celebrate its finest contributors, the profession risks far more than mere obscurity
- We Need Engineering Heroes
- Engineers tired of being outshined by scientists