Year of the Engineer | Science Museum of Minnesota

Year of the Engineer

Celebrate the Hidden Heroes

Engineers are around us every day. They create and enable our devices, power our homes, and design the roads we take to work every day. And they are in high demand. There are 1.6 million engineering jobs in the United States right now, and that number is expected to grow by 33% in the next ten years.

We don’t always appreciate the important work that engineers do to save lives, keep us safe, and make our daily existence comfortable. It’s easy to take these everyday innovations for granted. But in our technology-rich world, the creativity of an engineer is key to building a strong economy.

While millions of new engineering jobs are emerging, students rank engineering of lower interest than other science and STEM-related topics. It is up to us to inspire dreamers and encourage the next generation of engineers. All it takes is a little exposure and a bit of excitement.

Scroll down to see some of the exciting exhibits and events that will celebrate the Year of the Engineer—and be sure and check back as we add more about our events and programs.

Celebrate the Hidden Heroes
Presented by
3M
Sponsored by
Cargill
Comcast
Delta
Donaldson
Flint Hills Resources
H.B. Fuller Company Foundation
Ingersoll Rand
Medtronic
Star Tribune
U.S. Bank
With support from

JIM & JAN SEIFERT

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES OF MINNESOTA
AMERICAN ENGINEERING TESTING, INC.
AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION - MINNESOTA CHAPTER
ANDERSEN CORPORATION
BIO-TECHNE
BARR
BRAUN INTERTEC
BUHLER GROUP
HDR
J&B GROUP HOME OF NO NAME
MCGOUGH
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF EXAMINERS FOR ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING
PIE ENGINEERING & CONSULTING
RYAN COMPANIES
SEH
TKDA
ULTEIG

Year of the Engineer: Staci White

In 8th grade, Staci White went on a field trip and knew in a moment she wanted to be an engineer. Find the spark that ignites your future.

Year of the Engineer: Omar Ishrak

“The world would not be where it is today were it not for engineers.” - Omar Ishrak, CEO of Medtronic.

Year of the Engineer: Rachel Williams

“I love to learn - always trying to ask more questions and learn something I didn’t know before.” Rachel Williams, Vice President of Engineering for Comcast.

Year of the Engineer: Alyson Borrell

“As a kid growing up, I’ve just always really loved to learn. I remember taking field trips to the Science Museum as a kid and it’s just a great place to spark curiosity.” Alyson Borrell, Mechanical Engineer at 3M

Year of the Engineer: Katie Toghramadjian

Year of the Engineer: Katie Toghramadjian
"I remember when I was a girl scout, and we took a field trip up to the Science Museum. You get to get your hands on things and just experience, and it really helped bring some of those things to life." - Katie Toghramadjian, Civil Engineer, and President at Isthmus Engineering, Inc.

Year of the Engineer: Ann Johnson

Year of the Engineer: Ann Johnson
"Engineering is, designing things that we use every day. We think it up in our head, and then we develop the plans, and we tell people how to build it. When you come to a science museum, you can put things together. They allow kids to see how things work. And that's the engineer part, right?" Ann Johnson, Construction Engineer and President of Professional Engineering Services, Ltd.