This year, National Engineers Week will be observed from February 20 – 26, 2012, by over 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. The theme for National Engineers Week is: 7 billion people, 7 billion dreams and 7 billion chances for engineers to turn dreams into reality.

A host of activities and programs are planned for the students, faculty, staff, K-12 and the professional community. The celebration of National Engineers Week at NCATSU will commence with an Opening Ceremony on Monday, February 20, 2012, at 12:00 p. m., in the McNair Hall Auditorium. Additional activities include: pre-college initiative events (for middle and high school students), Energy Day, professional development seminars, Awards Banquet, and Career Fair. On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, from 8:00 – 3:30 p.m., nearly 700 middle school and high school students are expected to participate in the pre-college initiative day on campus. These students will participate in hands-on activities in engineering. Finally, the week will end with the Order of the Engineer Ceremony, with graduating seniors taking the “Oath of Engineering.”

National Engineers Week is a celebration observed each year during the month of February to highlight the contributions of engineering to society. The celebration of National Engineers Week coincides with the birthday of President George Washington, who some consider as the nation’s first engineer (because of his survey work). Colleges and universities, government agencies, corporations and professional societies throughout the nation celebrate this event.