I write this message as we conclude the 60th observance of National Engineers Week. This year, ASHRAE served as lead society for this event that celebrates the contributions engineers make to our society and encourages engineering as a career path among young students.
To ensure the successful future of our industry, students must find careers in science, technology, engineering and math fun and exciting. While traveling to the Region XI CRC last May, I read an article in United Airline’s Hemispheres magazine featuring Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway people mover, voicing his concern over lack of interest in science education and the potential ill effects this may have on our nation. It’s a brief article about a competition he’s created titled FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) viewable online at http://www.hemispheresmagazine.com/2010/05/01/the-creator/
Puget Sound Chapter supports similar initiatives, including the Future City competition (http://www.futurecity.org/) and the ACE mentoring program (http://www.acementor.org/). We have an active Student Activities committee dedicated to ASHRAE’s mission of supporting college students on career paths related to HVAC&R and to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to K-12 students. To learn more about ASHRAE K-12 programs, visit the StudentZone on Society’s website: http://www.ashrae.org/students/page/715
This year Puget Sound Chapter will award over five thousand dollars in scholarship funding to ASHRAE Student Members enrolled at local universities. Each year the Student Activities committee hosts an ASHRAE booth at the Engineering Fair held at the Museum of Flight during National Engineers Week. Under the leadership of Brad Lentz the committee has engaged in a number of K-12 engagements.
To ensure ASHRAE’s success and a sustainable future of our built environment, it is important students find careers in science, technology, engineering and math fun and exciting. Puget Sound Chapter’s Student Activities committee is playing a role in fulfilling this mission. If you’re interested in supporting these efforts please contact Brad Lentz, Student Activities Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Landers, P.E.
Chapter President 2010-2011