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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. —
Engineers at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., joined thousands of their colleagues around the world to celebrate Engineers Week, Feb. 22-25.
Engineers have played an important role in the history of Edwards AFB and flight testing. The Edwards AFB celebration was intended to celebrate this history as well as build camaraderie between the various engineering disciplines within the 412th Test Wing.
“Engineering Week (Week E) was shortened by one day with our treasured National President’s Day, but was not lacking in student outreach and fun team activities,” said Dan Osburn, Technical Director. of the 412th Test Wing. “It is imperative that we combine our engineering relationships on many levels within the ‘Center of the Universe for Aerospace Testing’.”
One of the events included virtual outreach sessions to over 600 K-12 students where engineers talked about their careers.
Engineers Week event planner Rachel Jager, technical assistant at the 412th Test Wing, said it was essential to connect with the younger generation and show them the valuable work that engineers do around the world. real, as well as showing them that they are having fun.
“Community outreach and mentorship are crucial at all ages,” Jager said. “When you see real people discussing their careers, explaining that their grades may not have always been perfect and some classes may have been difficult, it can make kids think that maybe they too can do it !”
The week’s activities began with off-road and on-road bike rides around the base near important historical landmarks that highlighted the engineers’ connection to aerospace history, which was hosted by Collin Drake, B-52 Chief Engineer, 419 Flight Test Squadron.
“Engineers are a crucial part of what we do here at Edwards,” Drake said. “There is a rich history of ‘unseen’ and ‘firsts’ that have happened here at the Air Force Proving Grounds, and behind every brave and talented test pilot accomplishing these feats, there is and has always been a team of engineers who help make it happen.Safe and efficient flight testing is only possible with the fleet of skilled engineers who methodically plan and execute every flight test event.
Another fun event was the Egg Toss Envelope Expansion Contest. The teams received a prototype (hard) and a representative production egg (regular). Each team received a fixed amount of money and can choose from various design components and security mitigations.
They had a total of 20 minutes to design and build “vehicles” for their eggs. The team members then tossed the egg back and forth to find their outermost expansion test point. Teams were judged on their program spend, development time, and performance.
“The Egg Toss demonstrated in a simple and hilarious way how we test and plan for security at the 412th Test Wing, with teams juggling test security, data collection, schedule, cost, and requirements. customers,” Jager said. “We are happy to say only one incident occurred and it was due to testing outside of the approved envelope.”
This year’s Engineers Week highlighted the hard work, camaraderie and fun that Edwards engineers have on base.
“The relational bond with our engineers and school communities is amplified as we emerge from our pandemic,” Osburn said. “E-Week’s hybrid, virtual and live events were a great success, allowing us to reach multiple engineering/future engineering disciplines.”