The engineering community celebrated Engineers Week beginning in 1951, when the National Society of Professional Engineers initiated it. For the next several decades Engineers Week programs were local, disconnected, and mostly focused within the profession.
In 1990, the Foundation and Bechtel Group launched "DiscoverE," the first formal national call to engineer volunteers for engagement in K-12 education, partly in response to government studies showing future shortages in engineering talent. DiscoverE became the Foundation's K-12 umbrella volunteer outreach movement.
An enthusiastic response to DiscoverE drove the Foundation to develop additional volunteer materials and programs while working to meet partners’ specific needs: National Engineers Week Future City Competition (1993); Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (2001); Global Marathon for, by, and about Women in Engineering & Technology (2005); New Faces of Engineering (2003) and College Edition (2011); and DiscoverE Educator Recognition (2012).
By 2013, it became apparent that with such a robust and diverse portfolio, a broad and deep coalition, and year-round engagement, our organizational name—National Engineers Week Foundation—was inaccurate and misleading. We wanted a name reflective of who we are and who we serve. The one selected was the catalyst for all accomplishments: DiscoverE.
Founded in 1917, the Chinese Institute of Engineers, USA (CIE-USA) is a non-profit professional organization of Chinese-American engineers, scientists and other professionals. The objectives of CIE-USA are to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in all communities across the United States, and provide recognitions to the Asian-Pacific American (APA) professionals at the national level.
The National Council of CIE-USA consists of seven chapters: Dallas-Fort Worth, New Mexico, Great New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, and the Overseas Chinese Environmental Engineers and Scientists Association. CIE-USA regularly sponsors and hosts conferences and engineering & scientific related activities at the national and international level.
More information about CIE-USA can be found at the CIE-USA web site.