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.

2015 Discover Engineers Week – Engineering New Horizon  The 2015 Engineer’s Week is February 22nd through 28th. “Engineering New Horizons” is about perspective, potential, and possibilities,” says Discover Executive Director Leslie Collins.  It speaks to college engineering students, practicing engineers, and those in related fields, as well as nonengineers and K-12 students, she explains.  To those in engineering and related fields, engineering new horizons means enhancing their career and their professional and technical contributions and visions; to nonengineers, it means the engineering community is working on solutions to global issues such as the management of natural resources; and to K-12 students, it means engineering makes a difference and provides a good education and career.

The major Tulsa activities include the EWeek Professional Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb 25, at the Tulsa Country Club at 11:15 am.  The Program is Guthrie Green Geoexchange Project presented by Thomas W. Wallace, P.E., S.E., President/CEO/Principal of Wallace Engineering – Structural Consultants, Inc.  Please print the registration form for more information.

And the Student-Professional Breakfast and Career Seminar on Friday, Feb 27, at the Wyndham Hotel Tulsa at 7:15 am. Table sponsorship is $250.00.  Individual tickets are $25.00. Please print the registration form

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is hosting the Oklahoma Women in STEM Education Event at the Tulsa Zoo for high school women on Thursday, Feb. 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Contact Xan  Black for questions and registration.  xan.black@tulsacc.edu.

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

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.

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”:  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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