While I love the holiday season, I’m already looking ahead to another of my favorite seasons. Each year, from winter into spring, we engage in a celebration of our profession, sharing our love for engineering with everyone from schoolkids on up to adults, culminating in Engineers Week in February.
Civil engineers are among the most active volunteers, and with good cause. Civil engineering is truly everywhere, and kids respond well to efforts that explain the important role civil engineering plays in their everyday lives. When was the last time you shared this message in the classroom of a child you know? Or perhaps more importantly, when was the last time you thanked a volunteer who has made it their passion to reach out to the next generation for the sake of the profession?
ASCE is planning to recognize volunteers as part of its Engineers Week celebration. We are asking every Section and Branch to think about the work done by their local volunteers in the past year to promote the profession, and to name an individual whose efforts are worthy of a little extra recognition. To make submitting your volunteer’s name a little easier, there’s an online form.
This special group of volunteers will be cited as champions during the awards luncheons at the Multi-Regional Leadership Conferences, and I will be there to congratulate this year’s honorees and to personally thank them for their dedication and involvement. During Engineers’ Week, these Champions will be further recognized and be presented with a small token of appreciation from the Society.
I encourage you to join other professionals in initiating or taking part in Engineers Week volunteer activities. In the weeks leading up to and including February 19-25, make it a point to celebrate engineering, to volunteer or thank a volunteer, and to help kids discover the important role that engineering plays in their lives.
Have you volunteered for Engineers Week activities in past years? Help inspire others by talking about your experiences in the comments below.