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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.

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 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.

Joint Societies Holiday Celebration

IEEE and EST are organizing the annual Joint Societies Holiday Celebration to be held December 17 at the Tulsa Country Club, located at 701 N. Union. This event is open to all Tulsa area engineers, as well as all related professions, and includes spouses and guests.

Come experience holiday cheer with other engineers from all local engineering societies in Green Country. The evening begins with a cash bar social hour at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm, including program festivities.  Please let us know of any special dietary needs or accessibility with your reservation.

We will have a gift exchange for those who wish to participate, with the theme ”If Santa were an engineer” (optional participation). If you would like to participate, bring a WRAPPED gift of $10 or less to exchange with other engineers. For those of you that want to “engineer” your gift, you are most welcome to do so!

There will be a holiday tree raffle to raise scholarship money (tree designed by Mrs. Carolyn Plucknett). Carolyn is an OSPE auxiliary member, and widow of Mr. Knowland Plucknett, late IEEE, EST, and OSPE member. Raffle ticket prices are one for $5 or three for $10 (You can purchase raffle tickets online by registering a second time and selecting the “ticket level” for the price, and “raffle tickets” for the menu item). You may also buy raffle tickets at the door.

Dinner Cost is $45 per person, with drinks on your own.  Reservations must be made by Friday, December 12.  You can make reservations and prepay online (https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/30283) with a credit card by registering and selecting the Pay Pal option, or you may make a check out to IEEE Tulsa, and mail to: Engineering Holiday Party, PO Box 703065, Tulsa, OK 74170-3065, or you may pay at the door (but you still must register in advance by Dec 12).   You must RSVP to guarantee a reservation.

2015 Discover Engineering, Let’s Make a Difference Week The 2015 Engineer’s Week is February 22nd through 28th.

The major Tulsa activity is the Friday morning February 27 Student-Professional Breakfast and Career Seminar. The organizing committee needs the help of a few good engineers. The 3 major tasks are inviting and coordinating the student guest, organizing the career seminar presentations and soliciting the table sponsors and engineers to interact with the students during the breakfast. The process is well developed and defined – we need some more help to implement it.  Please consider volunteering to help with this activity and give back to your profession. Contact any of the TEF officers if you are interested in helping.

The Tulsa Engineering Challenge will held on March 6, 2015 at the Tulsa Tech – Riverside Campus.  See the menu item TECh for more information.

Bridge Builder Endowed Engineering Scholarship goal was reached. The Bridge Builder Scholarship Campaign to endow a fourth scholarship for college students studying engineering was launched by EST and the TEF Scholarship Committee.  The goal was reached within three months of initiating the campaign!  A special thanks to the members of EST and TEF who contributed.   We are going to continue the campaign and work on a fifth scholarship!   Go to the Bridge Builder contribution form for more details.

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.

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”:

  • 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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