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Engineer’s Week 2015

Engineer’s Week 2015 is currently underway! Here at Pare, we celebrate Engineer’s Week with a special luncheon for the dozens of Pare engineers who volunteer their time and show their passion for the profession through public outreach or by visiting the classrooms of secondary and higher-education students to introduce them to potential careers in engineering.

Many people are not aware of the importance civil engineering plays in their daily routine—whether it is crossing a bridge in their car or opening a faucet to pour a glass of clean, potable water. The below video, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), explains civil engineering to those wondering what it is exactly that we do, and why it flies under the radar, or in the case of many civil engineering projects, under the ground.

PARE Engineers Help Demonstrate Engineering Concepts to Area Children

Recently, engineers from Pare Corporation volunteered at the Providence Children’s Museum alongside the ASCE Rhode Island Section Younger Member Group as part of National Engineer’s Week. The event, conducted annually by the ASCE Younger Member Group, introduces children to different aspects of civil engineering through a set of activity stations. Children visit each station and are awarded stickers toward their “junior engineer certificates.” Over 120 kids participated at this year’s event, held on February 22nd.

Mark Dowdell and Shane Driscoll presented water filtration to the children, demonstrating how sponges and coffee filters can remove solids from water, much like a more sophisticated water filtration system.

Mark Dowdell explains the experiment.

Mark Dowdell explains the experiment.

Mark Dowdell and a Future Engineer Perform the Demonstration

Mark Dowdell and a Future Engineer Perform the Demonstration

Shane Driscoll Performs Another Demonstration...

Shane Driscoll Performs Another Demonstration…

...to Amazing Results!

…to Amazing Results!


















Eric Silva ran the geotechnical station, demonstrating how settlement can differ in various types of soil, from sand to potting soil.

Eric Silva Preparing a Geotechnical Demonstration

Eric Silva Preparing a Geotechnical Demonstration

Other stations demonstrated building construction using marshmallows and toothpicks, bridge construction using cardboard, and how stormwater (or rain) runoff can create erosion problems around riverbanks.

Written by Shane Driscoll