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 Scholarships available for upperclassman college students. Applications due June 1.  To be eligible, applicants must meet the following qualifications: 1) Applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in an ABET accredited engineering or engineering technology program for the Fall of 2016 as a sophomore, junior or senior.  (see http://www.abet.com/ for a list of eligible schools and majors.)  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 2016 and must not already be receiving full fund from other organizations.   Applicants should demonstrate high academic performance and show an enthusiastic interest in their professional development in the field of engineering by participating in the technical organizations, holding leadership positions, conducting research projects or pursuing engineering relate work experience.  Application.

STEM Summer camps available at www.TulsaSTEM.org Several summer camps are listed on the home page.  Others are listed under the Events menu along the top.  The calendar lists partnering summer camp programs as well as TRSA Summer Camps.   There is a separate word listing of the TRSA Summer Camps under the Events drop down.  Several camps are free.

Tulsa Engineering Challenge - TECh was 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.  Over 1,100 students from schools across the Tulsa region attended.  Over 80 volunteers helped with the judging of the 14 competitions.  Results are posted under the Tulsa Eng’g Challenge menu item – 2016 Results.  Congratulations to all who participated.

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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