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Tulsa Engineering Foundation is a foundation of engineering societies and universities/colleges, formed to assist in coordinating activities and services for the member societies and to promote science, math and engineering in the community.  It is a not-for-profit charitable organization, with the mission of serving the engineering profession and offering career guidance activities to our youth. Currently twenty engineering/technical organizations are members as well as seven universities and colleges.  Link to Member Organizations. Check the calendar for member society meetings and events.  Most are open to the public.

Engineering Scholarship – deadline is June 1, 2015

TEF is awarding the $2,000 Bridge Builder Scholarship for the first time this spring. Also ASCE-Tulsa Branch is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a Civil Engineering or Engineering Technology undergraduate student. Link to Scholarship page.  Scholarship eligibility is:

  1. Applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in an ABET accredited engineering or engineering technology program.
  2. Applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Applicant must be able to accept the scholarship for the academic year starting in the Fall of 2015 and must not already be receiving full funding from other organizations.

The Tulsa Engineering Challenge was a great success! It was held Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Tulsa Tech – Riverside Campus.  Results and photos are posted under the TECH menu.  Here is a link to a 2015 TECh video. https://youtu.be/wlKWABXuTp4

Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance – TRSA has a website www.tulsastem.org The website lists current activities, future events, and an awesome calender that lists many of the things TRSA has going on.  You can even add your own STEM events.  What a great resource for us all. TRSA was launched early in 2014 and already has made a significant impact in our community.  Vision: The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance works as a catalyst to create a collaborative ecosystem that encourages business/industry and the education community to produce innovative pathways resulting in a  highly skilled STEM workforce able to drive economic prosperity while meeting the needs of a globally competitive Tulsa region. TEF as well as several of our member organizations are coalition partners.

Is There an Engineer Inside You?: A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering now available free on the TEF SWE webpage.  Click here for the link. Award winning author Celeste Baine wrote it after she earned her Biomedical Engineering degree.  It is everything she wished she knew before she went to college. The latest edition covers 41 different types of engineering and engineering technology, how to succeed in engineering school, women and minorities in engineering, engineering careers that make you say “wow!, salary information and more.

Updated Engineering Definition – “Engineers are changing the world all of the time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.”

Effective ways to talk about engineering:
  • Change what you say about Engineering. Talk about the rewarding, creative aspects of engineering, how you collaborate with other smart and interesting people, and how the work you do makes a difference in this world. Use words like design or create (vs build). Also use words like: collaborate, innovation, financially secure, imagination, contribution.
  • Change the images you use to promote Engineering.  Update the fliers to include people. Test your marketing materials with your target group prior to release.
  • Change how we teach Engineering. Put Engineering in context early in the curriculum and in outreach activities.
  • Train others about the updated messaging. Inform your public relations, marketing, and recruiting departments within your company and volunteer activities. Train all volunteers prior to a major K-16 outreach activity.
  • Update your bio with the updated messaging. Use proven marketing-tested tag lines in your e-mail signature.
  • Join the Changing the Conversation community. “Like” facebook.com/engineersCTC and stay up to date with how others are implementing the new messaging.
  • Show your support, “Like” facebook.com/EngineerPledge

Top messaging and tag lines proven effective to explain “What is Engineering”:  link to TGC

  • Engineers make a world of difference
  • Engineers are creative problem solvers
  • Engineering is essential to our health, happiness and safety
  • Engineers help shape the future
  • TAGLINE: Turing ideas into reality
  • TAGLINE: Because dreams need doing
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