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.

2014 Discover Engineering, Let’s Make a Difference Week The 2014 Engineer’s Week was February 16th through 22nd.  OSPE and SAME with the help of other TEF members hosted the annual Student/Professional Breakfast.  140 students enjoyed a buffet breakfast while getting to ask questions of the engineer(s) at their table.  Following breakfast there was a series of presentations on various engineering disciplines.  Sponsors of the breakfast include ASCE; Apache Corp.; Callidus Technologies; CH2M HILL; Garver; Guy Engineering; International Society of Automation (ISA); Leidos Engineering; Linde Process Plants; Michael VanSchoyck; NEOK ASHRAE; Rick & Heng-Hong Petricek; Society of Women Engineers; Terracon Consultants; T.D Williamson; TU; TEF; U.S. Army Corps of Engineer; Wallace Engineering; and Willbros Engineers.

The Tulsa Engineering Challenge was held on March 7th at the Tulsa Tech – Riverside Campus.  See the menu item TECh for more information.

New Bridge Builder Endowed Engineering Scholarship The Bridge Builder Scholarship Campaign to endow a fourth scholarship for college students studying engineering was launched by EST and the TEF Scholarship Committee.  We have reached 98% of goal of $50,000 for the Bridge Builder Scholarship Fund!  This is a phenomenal record for a scholarship campaign that started in mid-November. A special thank you to the members of EST and TEF who contributed.  Donations have varied from $5.00 to over $5,000.  Each of them helps us reach our goal.  Bridge Builder contribution form.

EXCITING NEWS - The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is developing.  It will work 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.  For more information, contact info@oklahomainnovationinstitute.org or 918-863-8700.

A Resource for Everyone  – Fab Lab Tulsa. The website is www.fablabtulsa.com.  Fab Lab Tulsa provides community access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools for learning skills, developing inventions, creating businesses and producing personalized products. As a community center, Fab Lab Tulsa is a resource for local technology enthusiasts who span a broad spectrum from hobbyists and tinkerers, to artists and designers, to engineers and scientists. The K-12 STEM education program at Fab Lab Tulsa enables educators to introduce and illustrate a variety of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, chemical and structural engineering, as well as computer science, math and art.  Fab Lab Tulsa is a hub for inventors and provides entrepreneurs and businesses with a high-quality, low-cost, low-risk method of rapid prototyping new products.

Is There an Engineer Inside You?: A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering now available 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 fourth edition covers 38 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.”

Take The Engineer’s Pledge
  • 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”:

  • 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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