Engineering Association Embarks on Campaign to Transform Industry's Image

'Demand for Professional Engineers High, Enrollment Low'



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Engineering Campaign

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing skyrocketing demand for
 engineers but fewer students obtaining engineering degrees, the National
 Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) today launched "The American
 Engineering Campaign," a nationwide education effort to promote the
 unprecedented opportunities that exist in today's modern engineering
 profession.
     The Campaign will demystify engineering and emphasize the exciting and
 innovative role engineers play in improving the quality of everyday life and
 solving wide-ranging societal problems.
     "It's up to us to educate the public about the exciting opportunities for
 engineers today.  The reality is that the future begins with engineers -- from
 many of today's high-tech advances, to the electricity that powers our homes,
 to the highways, bridges and roads we use, to the medical technologies that
 help us live longer, healthier lives," said NSPE Executive Director
 Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.NSPE.  "Engineers are inventors, innovators,
 leaders, and designers."
     Encompassing all disciplines of engineering, The American Engineering
 Campaign will reach out to students and the public throughout the United
 States.  Among its activities, the Campaign is promoting the "Engineering in
 the Classroom" program, which provides engineering professionals with
 opportunities to talk with students about engineering.  "We will show young
 people how engineers change the world -- from the Internet, to Disney World's
 new rides, to the most advanced medical devices," stated Natale.
     "We are also embarking on this nationwide Campaign because we are
 concerned about the recent trends in the number of students receiving
 engineering degrees.  Education surveys reveal that the percentage of students
 earning engineering degrees has been steadily declining," said Natale.  "In
 fact, according to the Engineering Workforce Commission, between 1986 and
 1998, the number of students receiving bachelor's degrees in engineering
 declined by 19.8 percent while the number of all bachelor's degrees awarded
 went up by about 20 percent."
     A recent survey of Americans by Louis Harris and Associates found that
 most people intuitively respect engineers but also feel they do not understand
 what engineers do.  Fortunately, the evidence of what engineers do is
 everywhere and The American Engineering Campaign will help to explain it.
 The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), founded in 1934, is the
 national society of engineering professionals from all engineering disciplines
 that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates
 licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members.  NSPE
 currently serves approximately 59,000 members through its 53 state and
 territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.
     For more information about The American Engineering Campaign, please visit
 the Web site at: http://www.AmericanEngineeringCampaign.org .
     The American Engineering Campaign: The Future Begins with Engineers.
 
 

SOURCE American Engineering Campaign
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing skyrocketing demand for
 engineers but fewer students obtaining engineering degrees, the National
 Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) today launched "The American
 Engineering Campaign," a nationwide education effort to promote the
 unprecedented opportunities that exist in today's modern engineering
 profession.
     The Campaign will demystify engineering and emphasize the exciting and
 innovative role engineers play in improving the quality of everyday life and
 solving wide-ranging societal problems.
     "It's up to us to educate the public about the exciting opportunities for
 engineers today.  The reality is that the future begins with engineers -- from
 many of today's high-tech advances, to the electricity that powers our homes,
 to the highways, bridges and roads we use, to the medical technologies that
 help us live longer, healthier lives," said NSPE Executive Director
 Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.NSPE.  "Engineers are inventors, innovators,
 leaders, and designers."
     Encompassing all disciplines of engineering, The American Engineering
 Campaign will reach out to students and the public throughout the United
 States.  Among its activities, the Campaign is promoting the "Engineering in
 the Classroom" program, which provides engineering professionals with
 opportunities to talk with students about engineering.  "We will show young
 people how engineers change the world -- from the Internet, to Disney World's
 new rides, to the most advanced medical devices," stated Natale.
     "We are also embarking on this nationwide Campaign because we are
 concerned about the recent trends in the number of students receiving
 engineering degrees.  Education surveys reveal that the percentage of students
 earning engineering degrees has been steadily declining," said Natale.  "In
 fact, according to the Engineering Workforce Commission, between 1986 and
 1998, the number of students receiving bachelor's degrees in engineering
 declined by 19.8 percent while the number of all bachelor's degrees awarded
 went up by about 20 percent."
     A recent survey of Americans by Louis Harris and Associates found that
 most people intuitively respect engineers but also feel they do not understand
 what engineers do.  Fortunately, the evidence of what engineers do is
 everywhere and The American Engineering Campaign will help to explain it.
 The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), founded in 1934, is the
 national society of engineering professionals from all engineering disciplines
 that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates
 licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members.  NSPE
 currently serves approximately 59,000 members through its 53 state and
 territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.
     For more information about The American Engineering Campaign, please visit
 the Web site at: http://www.AmericanEngineeringCampaign.org .
     The American Engineering Campaign: The Future Begins with Engineers.
 
 SOURCE  American Engineering Campaign