Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

In Recognition of a Resolution Supporting the Goals and Ideals of National Engineers Week

February 11, 2010

Mr. President, I rise today to support the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, which will be celebrated next week, from February 14 to February 20.
As the only serving Senator who has worked as an engineer, I am proud to sponsor a resolution acknowledging the essential role engineers play and the important work that they do.  

I would also like to thank Senators Collins, Bingaman, and Gillibrand for joining me in introducing this resolution.

Just as importantly, I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Congressman Lipinski of Illinois, who for many years has been introducing this resolution in the House of Representatives.  I know he plans do the same again this year when our local weather will permit it.

Launched in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Engineers Week began as a way to call attention to the immense contributions engineers make to society.  

It is also a time to emphasize the importance of learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills – something I have spoken about many times on this floor.

Since its inception, the support for National Engineers Week has grown significantly.  

This year, nearly 100 professional societies, major corporations, and government agencies are working together with the National Engineers Week Foundation to bring attention to this important program.

If we hope to encourage more young people to purse engineering – to help us tackle issues of health, safety, and energy – it is absolutely critical that we teach them what engineering is all about.  

National Engineers Week brings 50,000 engineering volunteers into classrooms to teach students that engineering can be fun, that engineers make a difference, and that anyone can become an engineer.  

It is especially important that we get this message out to girls, women, and many minorities who are underrepresented in engineering careers.  We will all benefit from greater diversity in STEM fields.

I believe that encouraging a new generation of engineers is vital to continuing our economic recovery.  

Engineers have always been our country’s problem solvers and it is fitting that we celebrate National Engineers Week in conjunction with the birthday of President George Washington – one of our Nation’s first engineers.   
I want to thank my colleagues for joining with me in supporting this important week.

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