Monday, February 15, 2016

U.S. Cellular, The Fairfax Stone, and National Engineers Week

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Did you know that National Engineers Week is this month?   Neither did I.  (My apologies go out to every in-law of mine as my husband is the only non-engineer in the family.)  Did you know that National Engineers weeks takes place during the week of George Washington's birthday?  This makes perfect sense to me because I always knew before he was president, he was a surveyor.  In fact, the smallest state park in West Virginia is less than an hour from my home, and it boasts the headwaters of the Potomac River, a boundary line that George Washington once surveyed.  The original stone he erected for Lord Fairfax is no longer there, but there is another to commemorate the boundary laid by (future) President Washington.





For the longest time I thought engineers only did surveying.  But they do so much more than just that.  I got my father in law a mug for Christmas that says, "Engineering.  It's like Math.  Only Louder."  The joke is engineers solve problems that others didn't know exist by using science, math, and technology.

All joking aside, engineering is growing, and very vital field in today's job market.  Did you know that without engineers there wouldn't be cell phones?   U.S. Cellular relies on engineers and the technology they build to provide customers like me with national coverage and a high-quality network no matter where I go.  (And I have used my U.S. Cellular iPhone in California, Maine, and different parts in between, so when they say they have nationwide coverage they mean it!)

To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of  National Engineering Week, U.S. Cellular is working to create understanding and interest in STEM careers.  One way they are doing this is by holding "Ask an Engineer" sessions at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country.  U.S. Cellular would love to motivate today's youth to explore opportunities to eventually create a more diverse engineering workforce in the future.  They are doing this so that children and teens can have a behind the scenes look at how a cellular phone network works and learn more about how technology and engineering are present in day to day life.

If you are interested in learning more about careers in engineering, just drop by the National Engineers Week website at DiscoverE.org

9 comments:

  1. Oh such great information! I didnt know that about George Washington! :) I love that U.S. Cellular is holding Ask an Engineer sessions!

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  2. Learned something new today. awesome.

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  3. I hate to say it but I never knew that surveyors were engineers. Nor did I know their was a dedicated week to celebrate them. I love learning something new about history. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow, some great history there!! Thanks :)

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  5. I think it is awesome that theey are reahing out to boys and girls clubs across the nation to give an insight in Engineering to young kids.

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  6. Thank you for all the information, very helpful

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  7. Wish I had had access to Ask an Engineer when I was younger

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  8. I would like to meet the engineers. They really help start and innovate products, buildings, and other items.

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  9. I did not know there was a National Engineers Week. Really good information. I feel a bit smarter today. :)

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