The History and Celebration of Professional Engineers Day!

Today, August 4th, is the sixth annual Professional Engineers Day! 

Professional Engineers Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Licensed Professional Engineers (PE) in all industries and arenas. The goal is to raise public understanding of the crucial work licensed Professional Engineers complete as well as encourage more engineers to pursue licensure.

How it Started!

Tim Austin, PE, is credited with the idea of Professional Engineers Day. Austin, a Professional Engineer from Kansas, served as President of the National Society of Professional Engineers in 2015–16. Although education and work in STEM fields is commonly encouraged within the US, Austin felt strongly that specific attention should be paid to the contributions of licensed Professional Engineers. NSPE’s core principle, a sentiment championed by Austin, states that “Being a licensed professional engineer means more than just holding a certificate and possessing technical competence. It is a commitment to hold the public health, safety, and welfare above all other considerations.” 

Austin’s idea combined with the hard work of the NSPE staff created the celebratory event known today as PE Day. PE day is primarily an interactive virtual event held across multiple social media platforms. “The success of PE Day and the efforts of NSPE staff was recognized by the Association of Media & Publishing in the category “Promotional Content: Social Media Campaign” in June 2018.”

How to Celebrate!

Whether you’re planning a big party in your office, a “beers with engineers” happy hour, or sharing your PE pride online, we want to help you make the most of your day.

Be a part of the virtual Professional Engineers Day event on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram using the hashtag #LicensedPEday! 

Make sure to download the official PE Day logos to use in your social media posts or celebrations!

  • Post photos or videos of yourself and your team of PEs
  • Educate your colleagues about the importance of the PE license
  • Share your reasons for becoming a PE 
  • Film your child’s response to the question, “What does a professional engineer do?”
  • Speak up on behalf of the profession through NSPE’s Advocacy Center

Click the links here to follow the PE hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook!

Celebrate at Virtual PECon

It is not too late to join the virtual Professional Engineers Conference held from August 3 – 5. Originally scheduled for Philadelphia, the conference shifted to a virtual format due to continued concerns for the health and safety of members, staff, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference’s focus on leadership and innovation will include:

  • Education sessions, at various times of day, empowering attendees to take in more of the content they desire;
  • Recordings of all sessions to make them available for on-demand viewing after the conference; and Networking discussions geared to increase dialogue and attendee engagement.

Click here to register for NSPE’s Virtual Professional Engineers Conference.

Dress for the occasion! 

Celebrate by clicking “add to cart!” Now you can sport some PE Day merch to show your spirit! Check out the online store here. If you order, be sure to post photos with the hashtag #LicensedPEDay to show your professional engineer pride

Let us know how you plan to celebrate!

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