All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audiences witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is partnering with the
STAR Library Network (STAR
Net) and its
Project BUILD engineering program. Project BUILD is supported by the National Science Foundation.
Public libraries and ASCE members across the country are invited to participate in an exciting virtual engineering experience this coming November called Dream, Build, and Create, an introduction to engineers and engineering for people of all ages, especially families and children.
This inspirational program will offer people a free film screening of the award-winning documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World on November 10, 14, 17, and 24. In addition to the film, ASCE is organizing several virtual panels in November where patrons can join live conversations with our Dream Teams of young, diverse engineers. Dream Teams will include Cities of the Future, Women in Engineering, Black Engineers, and even a Spanish-language Dream Team.
Registration is now closed.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World will be available in English, Spanish, and Closed-Captioning on the following dates:
There’s no set time on those dates—the passcode is good for 24 hours so people can view when it’s convenient.
Want to find out more? Did you know that engineers are already imagining floating cities? How about meeting engineers who play Minecraft or dance hip hop? Join us online to meet to meet young, diverse engineers making a difference in communities across the country and across the world.
Check back frequently to meet other Dream Teamers and see if additional panels have been scheduled.
Meet Menzer Pehlivan, one of the stars of Dream Big, and learn more about women making a difference in engineering.
Menzer Pehlivan - Host
Menzer Pehlivan is a geotechnical engineer who specializes in earthquakes. As a leader, Menzer has been spearheading change in the engineering industry by promoting the crucial role that engineers play in shaping the future and changing the world. A strong and dynamic role model, Menzer inspires and empowers future generations of women.
Bianca Bailey is an Agricultural Engineer. That means she uses math and science to design technology to help farmers turn animal poop into clean water and money!
Sophie Lipomanis is a Junior Civil Engineering Student at the University of Louisville. After graduation she plans to serve as a US Naval Officer with the Civil Engineering Corps as part of the Sea Bees (Construction Battalion). The Sea Bees are often deployed for after natural disasters for humanitarian relief.
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Technology is constantly changing. Find out how cities now and in the future will change. Engineers are already thinking about cities that float. What about cities on the Moon or Mars? Learn more about
building human habitats for the moon and Mars (PDF).
Elizabeth (Liz) Ruedas
In and out of work, Elizabeth loves inspiring, educating, and empowering others to help us move towards a more sustainable future. She not only focuses on sustainable infrastructure solutions, but also helps bring awareness to sustainable living, which includes zero waste, eco-minimalism, and following a whole food, plant based diet.
Eric Aubry is a Southern California native who, through his professional career as a Rail Transit Engineer, has grown to appreciate the underrated contributions the transportation industry brings to our society and economy as a whole. He aspires to be a champion for life-long learning, improving collaboration within communities, and growth in the transit infrastructure sector.
Jeffrey T. Steiner
Jeffrey T. Steiner is a Graduate student at the University of Connecticut, researching the feasibility of lunar structures for the purposes of human activity. He's interested in the aerospace application of civil engineering topics.
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Meet Joanna Smith, a geotechnical (soil) engineer who enjoys Spartan races and music. "Music and math go hand in hand. It's all about numbers and strings and diameters, vibrations. It's all a part of the puzzle of engineering."
Joanna Smith - Host
Joanna Smith is a geotechnical engineer who has worked on roads, bridges, airports and even seaports all around the world including Germany, Mexico, and Jamaica.
My name is Timothy Alston, and I am an environmental engineer from Maryland, but currently reside in Chicago, IL. I have been working in the environmental/water industry for about 3 years where I have provided environmental field and site investigations to determine contamination and pollution concerns in different communities. Now, I am a process control engineer at a water utility outside Chicago, where I help treat wastewater to avoid environmental and public health issues from our waterways.
Dr. James Holly
James Holly, Jr. has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education. As an Assistant Professor of Urban STEM Education at Wayne State University he is committed to the prosperity of Black and urban youth.
Dr. Eric Seabron
I do research to create new methods for making computer chips faster, smarter, and more efficient for your electronic devices. My favorite projects are related to computer chips that mimic the function of your brain to support Artificial Intelligence, these are called Neuromorphic computers.
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Led by Fernando Ceballos, a Minecraft builder.
Fernando Ceballos - Host
Fernando is a first-generation American/Graduate from South Texas where he attended Porter High School, a PLTW Engineering Academy. He then graduated from Texas A&M University, before becoming a Professional Civil Engineer...he likes to believe that he plays Minecraft in-real-life for a living as an engineer.
Fernando es el primero en su familia en graduarse del colegio. Antes de recibir su diploma en ingeniería civil de Texas A&M, Fernando estudió en una preparatoria de ingeniero en el valle de Texas, donde su familia emigró de México. En su trabajo, a Fernando le gusta decir que juega Minecraft con diferentes programas de ingeniería.
As seen in
Dream Big: Engineering Our World
, in high school, Angelica and her robotics team achieved victory of MIT during an underwater robotics contest. She now works as an engineer in clean technology.
Isamar Escobar is a Civil Engineer in Dallas, TX working in Construction Management, which means she oversees construction sites and works with the construction workers to make sure projects are built per the engineering plans. She is incredibly passionate about Civil Engineering and the role that infrastructure plays in our communities. Aside from Civil Engineering, Isamar is active in community service and STEM outreach. She hopes to inspire others to pursue and follow their own passions and dreams.
Isamar Escobar es ingeniera civil en Dallas, TX y trabaja en administración de construcción, lo que significa que supervisa los sitios de construcción y trabaja con los trabajadores de la construcción para asegurarse de que los proyectos se construyan según los planes de ingeniería. Es una apasionada de la ingeniería civil y el papel que juega la infraestructura en nuestras comunidades. Además de Ingenieria Civil, Isamar participa activamente en el servicio comunitario y el alcance STEM. Ella espera inspirar a otros a perseguir y seguir sus propias pasiones y sueños.
Luis Duque is a Bridge Engineer involved in building, retrofitting, and even dismantling bridges. In his spare time, he produces the
Engineering Our Future
podcast where he brings in guests from all over the world. He volunteers with several organizations including Engineers Without Borders which allows him to inspire other young engineers and transform communities in South and Central America.
Luis Duque actualmente trabaja como ingeniero de puentes en la ereccion, reequipamiento y desarmado de puentes. En su tiempo libre, él produce el podcast
Engineering Our Future
donde el trae invitados internacionales. El es un voluntario con varias organizations incluyendo Ingenieros Sin Fronteras que le ha permitido inspirar otros ingenieros y también transformar comunidades rurales en Sur y Centro América.
High school host Tiffany will chat with Avery, a Civil Engineer and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity where she leads her global team in building trailbridges in some of the most isolated places on earth. Hear her stories, ask questions, and stay tuned for a fun engineering challenge kids can do away from their screens, whether they are learning at home or in the classroom.
Dani Schroeder - Host
Meet Danielle Schroeder,
a bridge engineer, who enjoys tennis and grew up playing with Legos. "Bridges are a lot like legos as that it takes a lot of different pieces to make the final large structure."
Jaffer Almosawy is a civil engineer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. His job involves figuring out how to bring clean water to people, and take dirty water away, all while protecting the environment.
Sarah McEwen works in Jackson, Mississippi as a water resources engineer. She keeps an eye on how water impacts roads, bridges, and dams in order to prevent damaging floods.
Brian Phan is a transportation engineering associate for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Some of his projects involve building bike paths. He also likes 3-D printing and has used his hobby to print PPE masks for health care professionals.
Tailor the experience for your community using resources such as the Playful Building collection of activities.
This November event is a great way to promote engineering in your community and to prepare for
Engineers Week (February 21–27, 2021). Don’t forget to let engineering firms in your community know about your plans and ask if they would like to participate. Engineers Week is a time to:
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL-1657593. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.