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It's Engineers Week: Celebrate the profession with SPIE

13 February 2010

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA -- The results of engineering are everywhere, from laser surgery to digital cameras to 3D movies and a plethora of other familiar applications. To celebrate those accomplishments, 15-21 February has been designated Engineers Week by the American National Society of Professional Engineers.logo

SPIE, an international society whose initiatives include educational and outreach activities for optics and photonics engineers and researchers around the world, is an Endorsing Sponsor.

The National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of more than 75 professional societies, major corporations, and government agencies, works through career fairs, student competitions, television and radio specials, and museum and other events, to:

  • help ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing interest in engineering and technology careers
  • promote pre-college literacy in math and science
  • increase public understanding and appreciation of engineers' many and varied contributions to improving the quality of life.

SPIE Members and volunteers are active in supporting these objectives in their communities around the world. Among ongoing and recent SPIE programs supporting engineering education are:

  • Advancing the Laser and LaserFest outreach and educational programs celebrating the 50th anniversary in 2010 of the invention of the laser, in communities, schools, and universities
  • Telescope-building workshops in Tunisia, and in several U.S. cities
  • A solar car project in Lebanon
  • Science festivals in Moscow and Washington, D.C.
  • Optics workshops in Mexico and Quebec City
  • Support of an educators' workshop in Romania
  • Participation in programs providing the SPIE Digital Library at low or no cost for designated countries, primarily in Africa, South and Central America, and Asia, to facilitate research in developing countries with limited resources for science
  • Sponsorship of UNESCO Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) workshops for physics teachers in developing countries, with two workshops planned in Africa this year
  • A Visiting Lecturer program, providing speakers who are world-class scientists and engineers in optics and photonics
  • Sponsorship of the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Winter College activities, presented under the auspices of the Italian government and two United Nations agencies, to foster advanced studies and research in the physical sciences, especially in developing countries.

SPIE also celebrates engineers through profiles in its annual Women in Optics planner, and provides free educational posters and DVDs  for middle- through high-school students.

SPIE the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, and supports scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world.

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