Engineers Week: Kick off, George Washington, and Scholarship
Join us this week as we celebrate National Engineers Week! Celebrated since 1951, over 70 engineering and educational societies participate each year, along with dozens of corporations. At LaBella, we offer our contributions to the Discover E (National Engineers Week Foundation) mission of:
Celebrating how engineers make a difference in our world
Increasing public dialogue about the need for engineers
Bringing engineering to life for students
Learn more here.
Engineers Week is celebrated annually to coincide with George Washington's birthday (February 22nd). President Washington is considered the nation's first engineer. Though he had limited formal education, Washington had an early career as a surveyor, and later developed numerous innovations to agricultural tools used in the management of Mt. Vernon. It was in 1778 at Valley Forge that Washington publicly called for engineers and engineering education, the result of which became the U.S. Army Engineer School. In 1779 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was recognized by Congress. As President, Washington advocated for the construction of roads, canals, docks and the Capitol. He also pushed the passage of the U.S. Patent act in 1789, recognizing the need for protection of technical innovation. (reference)
LaBella is proud to lend our support to Washington's call for engineering education. Through our employee-led philanthropy organization, LaBella In the Community (LINC), LaBella has been actively involved in several student mentorship programs. In addition to these efforts, in 2016 we established the LaBella Associates Scholarship for Achievement in Engineering. Our scholarship is awarded to a Civil Engineering Technology student at Rochester Institute of Technology, and we're delighted to share our first recipient in celebration of Engineers Week 2017. Tyler Becker is a fourth year student from Brighton, NY majoring in Civil Engineering Technology. In addition to completing his co-op experience, Tyler is the captain of the RIT Chapter of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Concrete Canoe team. This November, Tyler will lead RIT's team in competition with universities across the country in designing fast, float-able concrete canoes.
If concrete canoes sound like some good, clean engineering fun, be sure to check back tomorrow when we give our engineers a lunch time challenge!