Current Recipient

1990's Jack S. Kilby Jack S. Kilby
Discover Engineers Week

Engineers Week February 19-25, 2017

Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, Engineers Week is the culmination of a year-round portfolio of student programs and competitions. E-Week is celebrated the week of George Washington’s birthday in honor of the first president’s background as an engineer and land surveyor. Through increased interest and competency among students in the pursuit of engineering and technology careers, a more empowered well-educated engineering workforce is sustained.

The National Engineers Week Foundation, now Discover E, is dedicated to promoting pre-college literacy in math and science among parents, educators and students. This year’s E-Week theme is LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The goal of E-Week is to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

Participation has expanded over the years through a coalition of professional societies, corporations and government agencies. More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.

Locally, there are a variety of activities designed to stimulate interest in engineering careers and to raise awareness of the profession. Many who participate in these programs will go on to a career in engineering, and those who don’t will have caught a glimpse of the important work engineers do and the career heights they can achieve.

Your participation, contributions and sponsorships are needed in order to sustain these year-long programs and annual E-Week celebrations.

Participating Organizations


Junior High students create a city of the future, complete with transportation, housing, recycling and other key systems.


Teams of students at various age levels and their mentors are challenged to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules.


High School students design, build and test bridges to withstand the highest loading given certain criteria.


Sponsored by AAAEA, and open to all students in 3rd—8th grades. Students submit an essay and a poster about an engineer that they admire or have made an impact on their life.

Banquet Info

2024 Chicagoland Engineering Award Benefit 


Friday, February 23rd, 2024


5:30 pm Reception (Cash bar)
6:30 – 8:00 pm Dinner and Program


Donald E Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL

Featuring the 105th presentation of the Washington Award.