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The Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia sponsors Delaware Valley Engineers Week on behalf of the engineering and technical societies. The events are supported by area corporations, universities, individuals, and participating societies. The committee members are volunteers, several having volunteered their time for many years, supported by Club staff and consultants. We thank all the members and their employers for their support of the program.

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2015 DVEW Committee at February 20 Awards Luncheon

The 2016 Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee Leadership includes:

Chair Susan Best
Vice Chair Bob Wright
Advisory Committee Chair Suzette Schultz
Advisory Committee Vice-Chair Adam Fontecchio
Awards Director AnnMarie Vigilante
Events Director Chris Menna
Public Relations Director Bob Wright
Fund Development Director Casey Moore

We are always looking for more people to provide ideas and help plan for the celebration of engineering during Engineers Week. If you are interested in getting involved, or simply want to provide input on next year’s events, email Susan Best and indicate your interests and time availability.

Current open positions are listed below; contact Susan for more information on the duties and expectations.  The Directors can also use assistance in other smaller ways, as well; just let us know your interests.

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Awards Script and PowerPoint
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Secondary School Listing Coordinator
  • Event Photos Management (after the event)
  • Website

Why Celebrate Engineers Week

Engineers have helped build our nation since its founding. Our first president, George Washington, conducted engineering activities as a soldier and as a young man, surveying and mapping wilderness territories. Today, engineers are essential for building and maintaining the systems that protect our health and safety, restore and protect our environment, make our factories run and contribute to our economic future

Yet, for all these contributions toward building a modern world, there are many people who are not aware of what the more than 1.6 million engineers in this country do. Engineers Week is a strong venue to inform our citizens of the value of engineers, celebrate engineering technology and innovation and cultivate interest in math, science and engineering among the nation’s youth – tomorrow’s work force.

National Engineers Week

DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) sponsors a number of events and has various resources for those celebrating Engineers Week.  More information is available at www.DiscoverE.org.

History

National Engineers Week was established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers to help increase public understanding of the engineering profession.

In 1953, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers initiated the celebration of Engineers Week in the Delaware Valley. Over the course of the next few years, additional local PSPE chapters, along with other technical societies, became involved with the initiative. The Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee (later Council) (DVEWC) was formed and included representation from the regional technical/professional societies from throughout the Delaware Valley.

The Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia was formed in 1877, and historically had a strong connection with the various engineering and technical societies in the region.

Over time, the DVEW Council and the Engineers’ Club enjoyed increasing coordination and cooperation. As a result of a number of forums and discussions on how the two organizations could better serve the engineering community, it was decided that a merger of the Council and the Club would greatly benefit both organizations and the engineering community as a whole.

In 2008 the Council and the Club merged their operations resulting in the Engineers Week organizers becoming a committee of the Club.

The Club is dedicated to relationship building and networking among technical professionals and raising the awareness of engineering in our society. By organizing and delivering Engineers Week using the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee, the Club is working toward this goal by strengthening its resources and allowing Engineers Week organizers to plan strategically for improved celebrations and greater visibility.

While the Club is the organizer of DVEW, the affiliated engineering-related societies continue to play a strong role. The Engineer of the Year must be nominated by one of the societies, and the societies (along with employers) can nominate individuals as Young Engineer of the Year. Also, the DVEW awards program recognizes the various awardees selected by the societies over the year since the previous Engineers Week.