Harris Corporation Celebrates National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week, or EWeek, was earmarked for Feb. 23-27 this year. EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and
well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers (Source: National Society of Professional Engineers). Here in Florida, EWeek featured a special “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” across the sunshine state, including a week-long celebration by Harris Corporation—one of FLATE’s, Florida-based industry partner.

Harris Corporation celebrated National Engineers Week by recognizing its 6,000 engineers and scientists with a grand opening of its new $130 million Harris Technology Center (HTC) and its 2015 Technology Expo showcasing the company's most innovative technologies and solutions. Harris Corporation is an international communications & information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries and headquartered in Melbourne, FL.

The week-long company celebration kicked off with the formal opening of the new 464,000 square-foot HTC, which serves as the company's Florida technology innovation hub, housing more than 1,400 engineers and staff. Construction of the center created nearly 300 local jobs. It is certified in highly efficient design and construction; contains state-of-the-art conference facilities and engineering labs; and houses modern health and wellness facilities, including a gym and cafeteria. Guests include Florida Senator Bill Nelson and other national, state and local dignitaries.

Throughout the week, Harris hosted its 2015 Technology Expo, featuring exhibits and demonstrations of more than 30
technologies developed to serve customers across eight global markets. The invitation-only event enabled customers and technologists from around the world to learn about Harris innovations. The company also hosted seminars and contests to highlight innovative thinking. "Engineers, engineering technicians and technologies are a large and important part of the manufacturing technical workforce" said Dr. Marilyn Barger. She and Dr. Richard Gilbert, principal investigators of FLATE, were among the invitees of customers, students, and faculty from Florida universities and local high schools who were invited to attend presentations, tour the technology expo's demonstrations, and hold career discussions with Harris engineers.

National Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers. It is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies.

For more information about Harris visit www.harris.com. For information on EWeek visit http://www.discovere.org.