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E-Week With HAFB & Partners

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>> glen: in the meantime, very agreeable temperatures i would say.

Thanks, dan.

>> dan: you are welcome.

>> glen: hill air force base and partners are putting on a week dedicated to engineering.

>> surae: here to tell us more about engineers week is alison sturgeon, with the hill air force base stem program engineer and former teacher.

And charlie, who is a retired colonel in the air force and chair of the engineers council.

Thank you for being here.

>> guest: thanks for having us.

>> surae: what does it mean to have an engineer week?

>> guest: every year around george washington's birthday, our first engineer, we celebrate engineer's week and the fact that we've got wonderful engineers in the state of utah.

This is national.

But here in utah, we're celebrating our un engineers.

And we're also encouraging the kids to take up careers as engineers as well.

So the utah engineers council, we're a consortium of 15 active engineering societies in the state of utah.

We support hill air force base with engineers week and help them with planning also.

>> glen: i do a lot of stories regarding politics and s.t.e.m.

I hear from the governors and high tech companies.

There's not enough engineers in the state of utah to meet the demand.

So there is a need.

>> guest: there's 8,000 job openings in the state of utah related to s.t.e.m.

And at hill air force base in particular, we hire 200 engineers a year and computer scientists.

It's in our best interest to get as many kids excited about engineering and computer science and so that's why i have the best job on the planet.

I get to organize and go out to schools and try to get kids interested with hands on activities and all kinds of things to get kids excited about s.t.e.m.

>> glen: i keep telling my kids, s.t.e.m.

Is where it's at!

>> surae: can you give us an idea of kids, what can they be?

What are their dreams?

What types of jobs?

>> guest: we have 15 different engineering societies.

They go all the way from astronautics.

We probably have more rocket scientists than any other state.

Aero engineers, mechanical.

Transportation engineers keep our traffic moving every year.

We've got engineers without borders, who go over seas and help people get water for their villages.

We have one of the really premiere world class engineers we have here locally is the advanced processes and materials engineers here in utah that know everything about composites and learning new things every day.

>> glen: so engineering week is coming up.

What events will be happening at hill?

>> guest: we have all kinds of events that go from speakers, we have university students bringing in projects.

We have high school kids bringing in their projects to display.

And charlie knows about the other ones.

>> guest: we have a concern that people aren't able to get onto base that easy.

So we have women in engineering event where we have the orbital test director.

She's going to be there at the roy library.

We've got a retiree from nasa who is going to come in and give a speech at weber state, talking about colonizing mars.

We've got the banquet saturday night.

Where we're going to be giving out scholarships to a bunch of students.

Declaring engineer of the year.

>> glen: it's scattered all over the area.

>> guest: we've got a website.

You can go to www.utahengineerscouncil.org.

Or you are going to post it on yours.

>> surae: we have it on www.good4utah.com.

We can't forget the space lab in logan.

So a lot of engineers needed, definitely.

>> glen: thanks for being here.

We're going to check back in on




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