Lipinski Recognizes National Engineers Week (February 26, 2016)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has introduced a resolution in support of National Engineers Week, which is celebrated every year during the week of George Washington’s birthday.  As one of just a dozen engineers in Congress, Lipinski introduces this resolution annually in order to highlight the critical role that engineers play in building our nation and to encourage more young people to pursue a degree in engineering.  This year's theme is “Engineers Make a World of Difference.”

“As a former teacher, I continually push for improvements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “I believe that giving a boost to STEM education at all levels is among the most important steps we can take to ensure that America remains the most technologically innovative country in the world and our young people receive an education that will allow them to succeed in the jobs of today and the future.” 

National Engineers Week focuses on celebrating how engineers make a difference in our world, increasing public dialogue about the need for more engineers, and bringing engineering to life for children, educators, and parents.  Yesterday, Congressman Lipinski spoke at a Society of Women Engineers “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” event.  He is speaking tonight at the annual Chicagoland Engineering Awards Dinner where NASA engineer Dr. Aprille Ericsson will be receiving the prestigious Washington Award.

Lipinski is a leader in Congress in promoting the commercialization of federally funded scientific research; improving American manufacturing; strengthening cybersecurity; developing safer and more efficient transportation technologies; advancing alternative energy development; improving STEM education at all levels; and ensuring that America leads the way in next-generation technologies.

At the local level, he has worked to promote the importance of STEM education and to encourage students – through programs such as Project Infinite Green – to consider careers in STEM fields.  He has done this through classroom visits, meeting with Third District students visiting Washington, D.C., and publicizing local programs that aim to increase student performance and interest in STEM education.

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