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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.

2016 EWeek Activities - The engineering community celebrates the annual Engineers Week on Feb 21- – 27, 2016.

Wednesday, Feb 24 is the Engineers Week Luncheon. The program is ‘The new GO Plan’. James Wagner, P.E., Senior Transportation Planner, INCOG, will  share the region’s first comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan.   It will be held at the Tulsa Country Club, 701 N. Union Ave, Tulsa. 11 AM – 1 PM.  Cost is $25.  Registration Form.

Thursday, Feb 25 is annual Engineering Design Challenge hosted by OSU-Tulsa. Over 200 area school children design, build, race a motorized boat, while learning about engineering.  Volunteers are always welcome to share their enthusiasm for the engineering profession. Contact Melanie McClain 918-594-8305 for more information.

Friday, Feb 26 is the annual Student/Professional Engineers Week Breakfast and Career Seminar. Area junior and senior high school students are invited toa breakfast followed by a series of presentations on engineering careers in the various disciplines.  Companies and engineering organizations are encouraged to sponsor the student’s meal cost as well as provide engineers to talk with the students during breakfast.  It will be held at the Wyndham Hotel, 10918 E 41st, Tulsa.  Check-in & breakfast is at 7:15 am, Career Seminar is 8:15 am – 11:00 am.  Registration form for table sponsors.

Tulsa Engineering Challenge - TECh will be held March 4, 2016 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.  More information under the Tulsa Eng’g Challenge menu item.

Oklahoma Engineering Exam Review Courses available. The University of Tulsa Continuing Education for Science & Engineering is offering:

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Review: January 16 – March 5, 2016 or August 27 – October 15, 2016, Saturday mornings, TU Campus, Instructed by TU Faculty.  Go to for http://www.cese.utulsa.edu/programdetail.php?ID=136 for more information about the course, faculty, registration fee and how to sign-up.

PE Mechanical Engineering Exam Review Course: February 6 – March 19, 2016 or August 27 – October 15, 2016; Saturday mornings, TU Campus, Instructed by TU Faculty. Go to  http://www.cese.utulsa.edu/programdetail.php?ID=137   for more information about the course, faculty, registration fee and how to sign-up.

2016 Pipeline and Energy Expo – Call for Papers The Tulsa Engineering Foundation will again partner with ‘dmg events’ on the technical program part of the Expo. The Pipeline + Energy Exp brings pipeline and energy professionals together.   In the past, we have provided speakers for the program.  TEF receives a grant of $3,000 from the Expo which is very important to TEF’s programs, scholarships, etc.  Dmg events was brought in two years ago to revitalize the Expo.  This coming year the Expo is trying to expand its reach to include industries other than the pipeline sector.  TEF would like to help in that regard.

Please canvas your society members for any interest in presenting next year. Flyer for  Call for papers.  TPEE is Sept 19-21, 2016 in Tulsa.  Deadline to submit your proposal is April 15, 2016.

Also, TEF has been asked to provide a Technical Committee to review papers submitted for the program.  If you are interested in participating as a committee member, please send your information to jeff.arnoldi@gmail.com.

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 43 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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