2018 Engineers Week
During the week of February 18, 2018, ACE celebrated Engineers Week. Started in 1951, the program is designed to celebrate the engineering profession and the positive contributions engineers make to society.
To let our own engineers know how much they are appreciated, each was gifted a custom ACE fidget spinner and candy bar. Several offices also hosted luncheons for their engineers as an additional way of acknowledging their contributions.
In addition, ACE used Engineers Week as an opportunity to engage students and inspire career exploration. The week before Engineers Week we attended a career fair specifically focused on the fields of engineering and technology. Then during Engineers Week we hosted a group of University of Delaware students for an employer site visit. During their time with us, students got to learn what a career in control / automation engineering is all about. Highlights from the day included an industry overview, panel discussion, tour of our facility, and the chance to network with ACE engineers.
Thanks to everyone who made this week such a success. We can’t wait until next year!
ISPE DVC Annual Symposium & Exhibition
On February 1, 2018, ACE joined the Delaware Valley Chapter (DVC) of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) for their 28th Annual Symposium & Exhibition. This year’s event took place at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Eagles in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, attendees were free to spend the afternoon networking as they attended the career fair and visited technical exhibits. Highlights of the day included taking pictures with the George Halas Trophy, engaging in some pre-game ribbing with New England Patriots fans, and behind the scenes tours of the stadium. Our thanks go out to the ISPE DVC for inviting ACE to participate in and sponsor this event. We look forward to next year!
CSW’s Junior Science Fair
On Friday, January 12, 2018, ACE’s Dirk Sweigart, along with 30 other professionals from all walks of life, served as a judge at the Junior Science Fair at The Charter School of Wilmington (CSW).
The Junior Research program at CSW is a unique opportunity for students throughout Delaware. Over a twelve month period, students are matched with mentors and in some cases, practicing science professionals, as they research and actively investigate a specific scientific topic. The program is designed to give high school students with an interest in math and science an authentic, in-depth experience in scientific research and to get them excited about joining the nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) workforce once they graduate from college. The program culminates at the Junior Science Fair.
This year, there were about 200 entries from the Junior Class. Dirk’s team of two judged eight entries and picked the top two, then compared results with three other teams, and chose a top three. That was just for their category of thirty entrants!
The winners of the Junior Science Fair move on to the Delaware Technical Community College Science Fair in March and then the regional Delaware Valley Science Fair in Philadelphia, PA in April. Finalists of the regional competition will move onto the International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in May in Pittsburgh, PA.
Our thanks go out to CSW for allowing ACE to participate in this great event.