Fluor Cares Profile: Inspiring Wonder During Engineers Week and Beyond
During Fluor’s annual Engineers Week (EWeek), employees have an opportunity to showcase their passion for engineering, spark interest in the profession within their communities and serve as a reminder of how engineers have helped shape the world, making life better for those around them. For 50 years, Fluor has supported EWeek by participating in educational outreach programs through DiscoverE, taking part in the always-popular Friendly Competition and recognizing its professional engineers and their contributions to the company.
EWeek celebrations help engage and empower employees as they take part in this important effort to recognize, reward and celebrate the profession, while helping to educate, inspire and prepare tomorrow’s engineers.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Outreach
Fluor is dedicated to promoting STEM education to students through outreach and volunteerism. While volunteering with youth during EWeek, employees help foster an interest in engineering at an early age by visiting local schools and offering students the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that fuel their creativity and imagination.
During this year’s EWeek, Fluor volunteers visited 98 schools and charitable organizations, providing nearly 12,000 students with approximately 21,700 hours of STEM awareness and enrichment.
To help further DiscoverE’s mission, Fluor and its employees participated in the Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering & Technology, connecting and engaging women in the industry. The free series of 45-minute weekly sessions was held March 7 through April 4, 2018 and allowed participants to meet virtually and share their stories of personal, educational and professional challenges and successes.
Allison Welch, Fluor project manager, served as the 2018 Global Marathon chairwoman and was Fluor's representative on the Global Marathon Thought Leadership team. Additionally, Silvana Lara, civil engineer, spoke on the topic of Best Advice: Building Confidence, Overcoming Shyness & More, and Mimi Irvin, Fluor project engineer, served as a speaker during the Marathon, focusing on Engineering: Connecting the Left and Right Brain.
If you missed this informative event, you can catch the Global Marathon on demand by clicking here and registering to access the recorded sessions. All sessions are available free and on-demand through July 4, 2018.
Fluor Engineering Challenge
With the help of an expert team of scientists and educators from Science Buddies, the Fluor Engineering Challenge makes past Friendly Competitions available to students around the globe in an engaging format, designed specifically for students. Top scores and innovative designs are featured on Science Buddies’ website, and Fluor holds a drawing for participating student teams to win one of 10 $1,000 grants for their school or qualifying organization located in countries where Fluor has an active contributions budget.
The 2018 Fluor Engineering Challenge, Ball Launcher, was based on a Friendly Competition designed in Houston by the Process A Team. The challenge received nearly 1,400 submissions, with more than 3,800 students participating from 10 different countries.
To see this year’s grant winners and learn more about Fluor Engineering Challenge projects, visit www.sciencebuddies.org/fluor-challenge.