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About the Washington Award

The prestigious Washington Award is conferred upon an engineer(s) whose professional attainments have preeminently advanced the welfare of human kind. Each year, during Engineers Week, presentation of the award is made at a joint banquet of the members and guests of the Western Society of Engineers; the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; National Society of Professional Engineers; and the American Nuclear Society.

The Chicagoland Engineering Awards Dinner is the culmination of a week- long celebration of the profession of engineering. The Chicagoland Engineers Week Committee will also recognize some of the hundreds of 3rd grade through high school students who participate in a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program competitions throughout the year and during E-week. Top achievers in the following programs will also be honored at the dinner.

Future City Competition
Junior High students create a city of the future, complete with transportation, housing, recycling and other key systems. www.futurecity.org/illinois-chicago

Bridge Building Content
High School students design, build and test bridges to withstand the highest loading given certain criteria. www.bridgecontest.phys.iit.edu

First Robotics Competition
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. www.usfirst.org

Essay/Poster Content
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. www.aaaea.org/il

Illinois Science Fair
Organized by the Illinois Academy of Science, some 1,000 student projects compete for four state awards and then eventually participate in Nationals. www.ijas.org

Destination Imagination, Inc.
A Career Education Initiative featuring the “Construction Challenge” that helps develop the workforce of the future with teen participants competing and solving infrastructure, design, and service tech Challenges using teamwork, creativity and problem solving. www.illinoisdi.org

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