Senator Anthony Cannella Joint Authors Resolution Commemorating National Engineers Week

Friday, February 18, 2011

State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today joined State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) in presenting Senate Resolution 6, which declares February 20–26 National Engineers Week. SR 6 was adopted by the California State Senate this morning by a voice vote.

“As a civil engineer, I’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand some of the incredible contributions engineers have made to the California economy, and I have no doubt that engineers will help lead the major advances of the 21st century,” said Cannella. “That’s why it’s so critically important that we begin educating the next generation of engineers now. That’s also the reason I’m pleased to have earned my colleagues’ support for this resolution acknowledging the important role engineers will play in our state and our nation’s future and promoting the study of engineering among the next generation of leaders.”

National Engineers Week was first celebrated by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951 and is designed to provide professional engineers, community groups, teachers, parents and students the opportunity to increase awareness about engineering careers and to promote mathematics and science education, the foundation of the field of engineering. National Engineers Week is celebrated during the week of George Washington’s birthday in honor of both his contributions to our nation as its first president and to acknowledge his background as a military engineer and land surveyor.

To watch a video of Sen. Cannella’s remarks on the floor of the state Senate, please click here.

Transcript of remarks as delivered:

As Senator Padilla mentioned, I am a licensed civil engineer, so I have spent most of my adult life in the practice of civil engineering. This seems a little self-serving, but I’m going to go on anyway.

Engineers have contributed so much to our society; I’ve got just a small list. You can thank engineers for the automobile, the airplane, for radio and television, computers, the highway system and, contrary to what others have said, the Internet was actually created by engineers.

From small businesses like my own civil engineering firm to multinational corporations like Apple, engineers are important contributors to the California economy. I think engineers have helped California lead the way in so many industries, and I’m proud to be a part of that group.

It’s also important to not forget that we do need to invest in our young people to continue to develop engineers and scientists for the future because without an ongoing supply of these young men and women, we’re going to have a lot of challenges.