Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.
National Engineers Week
This week marks National Engineers Week, which was founded 66 years ago by the Society of Professional Engineers.
It's a way to recognize how the profession makes a difference not only in our state, but around the world.
Engineering-related careers are an important part of NCDOT's work across North Carolina and it takes a diverse workforce to carry out the department's vision of being a global leader in providing innovative transportation solutions.
At NCDOT, engineers play a vital role in enhancing transportation, from planning and designing to constructing and maintaining highways, bridges, railroads and other infrastructure.
"Imagine a world where we don't have safe drinking water, where we don't have reliable power, where we don't have good systems for disposing of our waste. In fact, a lot of folks in the world have life like that today," said NCDOT staff engineer Missy Pair. "That's why engineers are so important, because we make a better life possible."
National Engineers Week is also a time to emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
The department has a number of internship opportunities available for students. Visit NCDOT's website to learn more.
2017 Aviation Art Contest
The sky's the limit for nine students who were recognized for their original artwork submitted to the 2017 Aviation Art Contest.
NCDOT's Division of Aviation recently gave more than a thousand students from around the state an opportunity to demonstrate their creativity while learning more about aviation and aeronautics.
Participants were asked to create original artwork inspired by the theme "Beyond the Clouds."
The state competition drew a record 1,007 entries from students representing 144 hometowns and 99 schools. In the last three years, nearly 2,200 students have submitted artwork to the division.
The state's nine winning entries advance to National Association of State Aviation officials in Washington, DC, as part of the national and international contest.