Engineers Week was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951 and is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. It is a week-long even to:
- Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
- Add your voice to the conversation about the needs for engineers, technicians, and technologists
- Engage students in engineering
Sunrise Engineering has top-tier talent and experience when it comes to engineering. This week, we celebrate our incredible professional engineers, engineers-in-training, engineering technicians, CAD drafters, construction administrators, project managers, and support staff!
In honor of #EWeek2023, the following are some fun engineering facts:
Engineering Week Fun Fact #1 – Herbert Hoover was an Engineer
President Hoover is the only president who had an official background in engineering. In 1891, he graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. Before becoming the 31st president of the United States in 1928, President Hoover greatly enjoyed his work as an engineer and spoke of the profession in high regard.
“It is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer’s high privilege.”
Engineering Week Fun Fact #2 – The Earliest Example of Civil Engineering is the Great Pyramid at Giza
Of all the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid at Giza is the only one that still survives, and this is largely due to civil engineering. While no records exist about the actual methods of construction, the mathematical patterns of the structure and the internal passages suggest advanced planning and engineering.
Engineering Week Fun Fact #3 – Civil Engineers Created the Waterslide
The waterslide is one of the most beloved attractions at a theme park, but it wouldn’t have been possible without civil engineering. An engineer designed a pumping system to discharge just enough water to the flume for the slide to operate. The water slide was also designed to withstand the force of the water, wind, and weight of the people on the slide.
Engineering Week Fun Fact #4 – Engineer and Architect Used to be One in the Same
While civil engineering has been around since the beginning of human civilization, the terms engineer and architect used to refer to the same person. It was until the 18th century that civil engineering was coined to refer to the design and construction of civilian infrastructure. The Institution of Civil Engineers was founded in London in 1818, and the profession was formally recognized in 1828.
Engineering Week Fun Fact #5 – Sunrise Engineering Statistics
Sunrise has over 200 engineers, technicians, and support staff.
Sunrise has experts in 15 different specialties
- Drainage/Flood Control
- Land Development
- Renewable Energy
- Construction Engineering
- Industrial and Mining
- City Engineering
- Parks, Rec, and Community Facilities
- Natural Gas Design
Sunrise has professional engineering licenses in 12 different states
Sunrise has 13 engineering departments operating out of 20 offices
- Cedar City, Utah
- Cheyenne, Wyoming
- Fillmore, Utah
- Ft. Collins, Colorado
- Kingman, Arizona
- Laramie, Wyoming
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Logan, Utah
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Prescott, Arizona
- Richfield North, Utah
- Richfield South, Utah
- Roosevelt, Utah
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- South Ogden, Utah
- St. George, Utah
- Star Valley, Wyoming
- Steamboat Springs, Colorado
- Utah County, Utah
- Vernal, Utah
A very special thank you to our amazing team of engineers, engineers-in-training, engineering technicians, CAD drafters, construction administrators, project managers, and support personnel for all your hard work and dedication!
Below is a preview of our Engineers Week 2023 celebrations: