Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, Engineers Week, or EWeek (February 21–27, 2021), is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
Our engineers were asked several questions and their responses can be found below.
When did you realize you wanted to become an engineer?
“At a young age I realized I had a morbid curiosity of how things were put together. Since I enjoyed math and science, it seemed like it would be the logical career choice.” – Gerry Rosen, PE, Vice President
“When I was little, I enjoyed problem solving and inventing. Whenever an electronic or mechanical device broke, I would ask my family to save it so that I could take it apart, try to figure out how it operated, and attempt to put it back together. Clocks, radios, and a few of my siblings’ toys all met this fate. In school, math and science classes were my favorite courses, so my high school guidance counselor encouraged me to sign up for some pre-engineering classes. I enjoyed the material and the classes helped me decide to major in environmental engineering in college.” – Tim D’Agostino, PE, Senior Engineer
“In high school I enjoyed and excelled in math and science classes but was confused as to what path I should take in college considering most degrees that focus on these topics did not seem interesting to me. I was expressing this concern to my uncle and he mentioned engineering. I admitted that I had no idea what the field of engineering entailed, and he explained civil/chemical engineering to me. I was immediately excited because this seemed like something I would enjoy and have success with. After that conversation, I only looked at colleges that had schools of engineering.” – Maggie Vavrica, Senior Engineer
“I realized I wanted to become an engineer when I was a junior in high school. I had been in the independent science research program and had always wanted to major in oceanography. In my junior year of high school I took advanced calculus and realized that by studying environmental engineering I could incorporate more calculus into my studies. Additionally, I hoped that I could obtain a job that would allow me to stay on Long Island and that I would have an impact on Long Island communities through my work. Engineering on Long Island also involves a lot of coastal work, which had always been my passion.” – Sarah Rudnick, Project Engineer
Why is engineering important?
“Engineers are responsible for the health and safety of the public and the environment.” – Gerry Rosen
Why is STEM, or STEAM, classes/activities in education important?
“STEM and STEAM classes are important because they introduce students to new ways of thinking and unique opportunities. If students don’t have a friend or relative in a STEAM field, it can be challenging for them to gain exposure to these careers. Although engineering has a direct impact on each of us every day, students may not realize this before enrolling in a STEAM course. Future challenges will require innovation, problem solving, and new perspectives and can only be met by encouraging today’s students to learn about STEAM fields.” – Tim D’Agostino
“I believe these educational programs are important because many young adults do not even know what engineering is. When I was younger, I knew I loved math and science but did not know what field I should go into. Typical routes to pursue with these interests would be medical professions, teaching, scientist/researcher, etc. and I knew that none of those sounded intriguing to me. I did not have any STEM programs at my school, that I am aware of, and if I had not spoken to a family member about engineering, I could have pursued another career path and never found my true passion.” – Maggie Vavrica
How can you bring awareness to engineering and the industry?
“In todays era, I believe that social media and utilizing technology is the best way to bring awareness to the engineering industry. Posting updates, articles, blogs, etc. to multiple media platforms can really help spread the many services we provide. Our industry is constantly evolving and being able to share these advances with the public quickly can be very helpful.” – Maggie Vavrica
How does being an engineer benefit your everyday life?
“It makes the work day go very quickly. It also allows me to collaborate with other professionals and there is a sense of fulfillment that we are providing a much needed service.” – Gerry Rosen
“The great thing about being an engineer is that your career never gets boring. Every project is unique and as an engineer you are constantly solving problems and coming up with creative ideas. This helps me think outside of the box on a daily basis. As I continue my career in engineering, I find that even in my personal life I can efficiently solve problems that arise.” – Maggie Vavrica
We are proud of the accomplishments and success our engineering group has achieved and will continue to achieve in the future.