National Engineers Week Feb. 21 to Feb 27
February 21-27 is National Engineers Week. It is an appropriate time to CELEBRATE and reflect on the work on engineers. Within ASQ and the Education Division, let us celebrate careers as quality engineers and engineering educators!
National Engineers Week was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers 70 years ago.

Here are two websites that explain National Engineers Week and its related activities:
The National Society of Professional Engineers website includes a short video that explains this year’s theme of Imagining Tomorrow. https://www.nspe.org/resources/partners-and-state-societies/engineers-week
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) website includes suggestions for celebrating Engineers Week and advocating for engineering careers. It includes suggestions for getting involved during Engineers Week. https://alltogether.swe.org/2021/02/an-experts-advocacy-guide-for-engineers-week-2021/

We often hear that Engineers shape the future with their problem solving and innovations. A current example is NASA’s landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars!
As quality engineers and professionals, we problem solve and innovate to improve quality. What is a Quality Engineer? An ASQ document describes the work of the Quality Engineer as: “The quality engineer works with people in design, manufacturing and customer service to ensure that the final products meet the customer’s needs and expectations. Quality engineers also experiment and develop new ways to improve the quality and create higher customer satisfaction for a product. They are found in all fields, including manufacturing, service environments, healthcare, and in education.”
From: Engineering is Everywhere: A Look into the Bright Engineering Careers of the Future, ASQ, https://asq.org/pdf/education/engineering-is-everywhere.pdf

Engineers Week is a great time to reflect on how we can engage the next generation (high school and college students) in engineering and encourage them to consider careers in quality engineering. They will become the future innovators for Improving Quality. We need new ideas!

What reflections or examples on engagement or mentoring of students do you have?


Cindy Veenstra
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