Things that Make Us Go WOW! Engineers Week 2018

Engineers Week—February 18-24, 2018—celebrates how engineers make a difference in the world, and helps bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents.

Engineers Week naturally holds a special place for us at GAI Consultants. Besides spotlighting the important work we do, this year’s theme—“Inspiring Wonder”— makes us reflect on those special moments when an accomplished person, a standout engineering feat, or the colleagues we work alongside sparked us to achieve wondrous things. It reinforces that our love of engineering continues to inspire us as we go about our work.

We spoke to some GAI engineers about the events, interests, people, or things that inspired and continue to inspire them.


EMMA WOLFF, PE, SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER

Emma specializes in water treatment engineering for a range of clients. One of the things that inspires Emma is the time she spends nurturing youngsters’ interest in engineering during open-house events by GAI client ALCOSAN, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority.

“It’s always a lot of fun and a great time – and it feels good to help contribute towards our next generation of engineers.”


Gary DeJidas, PE, MBA, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Among Gary’s inspirations is the work of Joseph Strauss, chief engineer of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

“One of the things I love to do is ride across the Golden Gate Bridge … what an accomplishment … what a feat of engineering.”


William McGrew, PE, Senior Director, Airports

Bill has channeled his early interest in aeronautics into an accomplished, rewarding career in civil engineering for airports.

“I can remember as a young child lying on the grass at night and watching the airplanes high overhead with binoculars—and the fascination was always there.”


Learn more about Engineers Week

For more information on “Engineers: Inspiring Wonder” and E-week, visit the DiscoverE website. See our E-Week activities article for some great hands-on projects that will inspire future engineers.

Programs planned in association with E-Week include Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Feb. 22), the 2018 Global Marathon (six live online broadcasts, March 3 through April 4), Global Day of the Engineer (April 4), and more.

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