Imagine a world without engineers. No bridges! No tunnels! No sewer systems! Wouldn't that be a mess? No big ships, or rockets to the moon, or V-8 engines, or diesel locomotives! Wouldn't that be be really really really boring? No"Invalid Boot.ini" or "Windows could not start" error messages! Wouldn't you miss that? Okay, maybe not.
Despite that last bit, Telstar Logistics would like to join President George W. Bush in a high-five of bipartisan appreciation for America's hard-working engineers during this National Engineer's Week, which runs from February 18-24, 2007. As explained on the eweek.org website:
Engineers Week, a formal coalition of more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies, was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The program is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society.
And so today, when you fire up your spreadsheet, or turn on your coffee maker, or drive your luxurious automobile across a safe and secure overpass, please pause for a moment to remember the engineers who made these modern marvels possible. This week, we salute you!
Hat tip: Jennifer Johnson Avril
(Above: Construction of the new Bay Bridge eastern span across San Francisco Bay, 2006. Photo by Telstar Logistics.)