To recognize the first Professional Engineers Day, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin proclaimed Aug. 3 as Professional Engineers Day in the State of Oklahoma.
The National Society of Professional Engineers, in conjunction with other state societies, including Oklahoma, will launch the first Professional Engineers Day to teach the public about the important contributions of PEs across the nation. Members of the societies encourage professionals to celebrate licensure on social media using #LicensedPEDay.
The celebration correlates with the first professional license issued to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming in August 1907.
Since that time, licensure has expanded and professional engineers across the country have made the commitment to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
In anticipation of the inaugural event, PEs are sharing why they became licensed engineers on the Professional Engineers Day website. Immediate Past President Tim Austin recently credited his oldest brother, George Austin, with playing an instrumental role in his chosen career path. The Kansas native elected to study civil engineering instead of construction science because of his brother’s sage advice.
“He let me know that with a civil engineering degree I could do all of the things that a graduate with a construction science degree could do,” he said. “But if I went on to get my PE, I could do even more things that they couldn’t do.”
Professional engineers participate in valuable educational outreach such as Engineers Week, said Austin; however EWeek has a very broad engineering focus.
“PE Day is an opportunity for licensed engineers to focus on why they pursued licensure and to share those reasons with their peers and with the public,” he said. “It’s also an opportunity for engineering firms to recognize and celebrate their licensed staff members.”