The Global Day of the Engineer

March 4 is celebrated as the Global Day of the Engineer, which was first observed in 2016 by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (W.F.E.O.) which works to unite international engineering associations and to advance engineering as a solution to international and national issues, including efforts to create a more sustainable world through engineering. Each year, the Global Day of the Engineer unites the international engineering community to both celebrate engineering accomplishments and encourage the youth to participate in engineering activities and reflect on the field’s contributions. Encouraging students to pursue technology and engineering in their higher studies leads them to a stable career with many departments and niches, so there can be an area of interest for almost everyone. Students can focus on specific engineering disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical, Materials, Physics, Electronics, Aerospace, Communications, Computers, Software, Manufacturing, Operations, or Testing, among dozens of other specialties. Please spread the word about the Global Day of the Engineer by posting online and encouraging young students to study STEM fields and consider an engineering career.

Did you know?

  • Engineer comes from the Latin word ‘ingeniare,’ meaning ‘clever.’
  • The first engineer was an Egyptian named Imhotep who built the Step Pyramid in 2650 B.C.
  • While Thomas Edison owns 1,093 patents, the Guinness Book of World Records currently names Shunpei Yamazaki, president and founder of Semiconductor Energy Laboratory, as having more patents than any other person with more than 2,591 US and 11,353 worldwide patents.
  • National Engineer’s Week in the United States is held in February during the week of George Washington’s birthday. Washington was a surveyor, an architect, and a design engineer who invented and fabricated new farm tools, including a plow that rotated and dispensed seeds, and he was a strong advocate for the advancement of engineers in the US.
  • The Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) organization is our industry’s largest, most international, and cross-disciplinary network of individuals and companies.

At ABS we have multiple Engineering teams: Satellite Design and Procurement, Spacecraft Operations and Analysis, Ground Systems Support Engineering, Capacity Management, Sales Engineering, Technical Access, Satellite-Related Services, Teleport Engineering and Operations, Network Operations, Broadcast Services, IP Networking, and Information Technology. Our engineering and technical operations teams make up half of our company, so please also acknowledge them today, during the Global Day of the Engineer.