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.

2016 Engineering Gift Guide - Each year the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-Engineering at Purdue University works hard to bring you gift ideas that will engage your child in engineering thinking and design.  This year you will find 111 toys, games, books, and applications included in the Engineering Gift Guide.  Every gift included has been reviewed by children, parents, engineers, and a panel of internal reviewers. Each includes appropriate age, link to purchase, and price   Link. Website is http://inspire-purdue.org/Engineergiftguide.  The website includes review summaries which include a short description of the gift and how it promotes engineering learning and the engineering thinking and design practices and skills children engage in when interacting with the gift.  Also included are the average rating as well as examples of feedback from children, parent,and engineer reviewers.

Tulsa Engineering Challenge - TECh will be held March 3, 2017 at the Tulsa Tech – Riverside Campus, Jenks.  TECh is as a hands-on event where students in grades 4th – 12th compete in activities such as Toothpick Bridge, Rubber-Band Powered Vehicle, Ping-Pong Ball Launcher, Robot, Wacky Wonder Works, Electric Motor, Chemical Switch, and more.  The theme this year is Engineers Dream Big – Every project, great or small, starts with a dream.  A dream to create and build.  Engineers engage their creativity and technical know-how to transform dreams into reality.  They are dreamers across the professional spectrum from transportation, to agriculture, to medicine and beyond. This year TECh encourages you to dream and to Dream Big!

Over 1,100 students from schools across the Tulsa region attend each year.  Over 80 volunteers help with the judging of the 14 competitions.  Go to the Tulsa Eng’g Challenge menu item for more information and registration.

Joint Engineering Scholarship Golf Tournament held on Sept. 30 at Bailey Ranch Golf Club, Owasso was a great success.  Over $5,500 was earned for scholarships by the participating societies. Sponsoring organizations were American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers’ Society of Tulsa, Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers, and Tulsa Engineering Foundation.  A special thanks to the hole sponsors:  CEC infrastructure solutions, Crafton Tull, Hartwell Environmental Corp, Haynes Equipment Company (3), HCCCO  LLC,  L.F. Manufacturing, Lee Mastell & Associates, LMK Technologies, Maxwell Supply, Meshek & Associates, Premier Truck Group, RJN Group, Terracon, T-G Excavating, United Rentals Trench Safety, Walter P. Moore & Associates, and Yellowhouse Machinery Company. Other contributors are Poe & Associates for sponsoring the lunch, AAON for sponsoring the beverage cart, and Warren CAT for donating additional monies to the scholarship fund.   Special thanks to the following companies who sponsored teams: CEC infrastructure solutions (two teams), Guy Engineering, HCCCO,  Hinton & Associates, Maxwell Supply, Meshek & Associates, OSPE, Premier Truck Group, RJN Group, T-G Excavating, United Rentals Trench Safety, and Yellowhouse Machinery. Thank you to all that donated and participated!  Many youth in our area will appreciate the scholarships.

Teams awarded prizes were 1st Place – CEC infrastructure solutions, 2nd place – T-G Excavating, Inc., and 3rd place – United Rentals Trench Safety.  Craig Hitt won the Longest Drive Contest.  J.T. Sappington on the T-G Excavating team won the Closest to the Pin Contest. Golf Tournament Committee members are Philip Howery, APWA; Alex Mills, ASCE; Clayton Moreno, EST; Rick Petricek, OSPE; Jennifer Butler, TEF; and Barbara Wollmershauser, TEF.

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 45 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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