Engineers Make a World of Difference

> Jackson, Miss.—The Mississippi Department of Transporation(MDOT) will join universities and numerous agencies throughout the state in recognition of National Engineers Week(EWeek) February 21-27.
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> EWeek was first recognized in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Today, EWeek is a formal collection of more than 70 engineering and education organizations, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies advocating the importance of high level math, science and technical education.
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> The theme for 2016 is “Engineers Make a World of Difference” with goals of raising public awareness of engineers’ positive contribution to everyday life as well as promoting diversity across all areas of engineering.
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> Along with recognition of Eweek, MDOT has recently launched its new STEM education site. The site will provide knowledge for students and teachers on how they can get involved in the various STEM education programs that MDOT provides. Employing nearly 300 engineers across the state, MDOT understands the importance of sparking interest in STEM and is making it a top priority to inspire the next generation of potential engineers in Mississippi.
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> Like many companies and agencies, the concern for diversity and providing a wide-range of opportunities is extremely important to the field of engineering and to MDOT. Of the some 300 engineers employed by MDOT, over ten percent are women, slightly above the national average of engineering employers.
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> This year will mark the 15th year that EWeek wil recognize “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.” In a field traditionally dominated by men, “Girl Day” provides a great opportunity for engineering professionals to introduce young ladies to their particular field and how innovations in engineering are changing the world. Along with other efforts, “Girl Day” is an example of how the engineering profession is reaching out to better engage all segments of society in attempts of inspiring a new generation of engineers prepared to create innovative solutions for the future.
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> “Engineers play a vital role in expanding economic development in our state, “said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “Supporting programs that inspire potential engineers of all backgrounds will provide a solid foundation for the further progress of infrastructure leading to a more economically developed Mississippi.”
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> For the past 100 years, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally-sensitive manner. Since 1916, MDOT’s objective has been to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network which enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.
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