CHICAGO, Illinois (February 20, 2023) – It has long been recognized that there is a skill shortage in engineering all over the world and that there are simply not enough engineers. According to an article published in Stainless Steel World, a global shortage of engineers across numerous industries could result in a loss of $454 billion in the United States alone. An aging workforce, waning interest in STEM/STEAM education, and engineers shifting into non-engineering roles are all contributing factors to the shortage.
“This year, more than ever, we thought it was important to add our voice to the conversation about the need for engineers,” said Ron Ledin, PE, Chairman and CEO of Middough Inc., a full-service engineering project solutions firm, headquartered in Cleveland. "As Middough looks to the future, we recognize that promoting STEM/STEAM education and inspiring our nation's future engineers is essential for developing critical thinking and to the growth of our economy. Engineers Week shines a spotlight on the critical need to forge alliances, spread awareness, and increase outreach to better prepare students for engineering careers and future success."
Created by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), National Engineers Week, or EWeek, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology fields. Observed this year from February 19-25, the 2023 theme, “Creating the Future!”, is an invitation to recognize and celebrate how engineers play a vital role in innovating solutions to global challenges that impact future generations, and how by working together to develop new technologies, products, and opportunities, engineers create new possibilities that make the world a better place.
In support of Middough, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a proclamation in recognition of Engineers Week. The proclamation reads in part: “I, Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of the City of Chicago, do hereby proclaim February 19-25, 2023, to be EWeek in Chicago in recognition of the hard work, dedication, and indelible contributions of engineers in Chicago and around the world.” Additionally, this year, Middough worked with City officials across its seven other markets (Cleveland, OH; Toledo, OH; Ashland, KY; Buffalo, NY; Madison, WI; Merrillville, IN; and Pittsburgh, PA) to advocate on behalf of engineers, by asking them to issue a proclamation recognizing Engineers Week.
There are three areas worth noting when it comes to why young people are not entering the sector in enough numbers: an insufficient awareness of what engineers do, a misperception of what engineering is, and a lack of opportunity for all to be involved. In 1951, NSPE founded Engineers Week with the goal of “ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding and interest in engineering and technology careers.” More than 70 years later, organizations like Middough are continuing its involvement and helping to make that mission a reality.
“As the world moves toward technology and innovation, the need for engineers will only increase," said Richard Hayes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Middough's office in Oakbrook. "Our engineers need to come from and reflect the communities which we serve, so it is important that we increase our outreach efforts in STEM/STEAM with diversity in mind. Not just in gender and ethnicity, but also in thought and experience."
Innovative engineers are key to helping to define what is possible and paving the way for the next generation. Throughout Engineers Week, Middough will be recognizing the contributions of its engineers and showing its appreciation for their dedication and passion by featuring engineers from across the company on social media, sharing their journey and what inspired them to pursue engineering. By sharing about their journey, the hope is to inspire the next generation to create the future.
Read the proclamation here.
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About Middough Inc.
Since 1950, Middough Inc. has been recognized for its performance and leadership in delivering Engineering, Architecture, Procurement, and Construction Management project solutions. With major offices in Cleveland, Chicago, Toledo, Pittsburgh, and additional offices nationally, Middough provides a full range of business and technical expertise to the Agribusiness, Chemicals, Food & Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Metals, Power, Pharma/Biotech, Oil & Gas, and Refining industries. For more information about Middough, visit www.Middough.com. Middough is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer that is committed to the principles of diversity. We actively recruit females, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
As the world moves toward technology and innovation, the need for engineers will only increase. Our engineers need to come from and reflect the communities which we serve, so it is important that we increase our outreach efforts in STEM/STEAM with diversity in mind. Not just in gender and ethnicity, but also in thought and experience.
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