As an advocate of STEM education, RTM Engineering Consultants understands the importance of events like National Engineers Week. Happening Feb. 19-25th, the event is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Each year, this conference reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the U.S.
Last year, RTM participated in the Introduce a Girl to Engineering event, held by St. Ambrose University, to introduce girls to the industry of engineering and reinforce how they can use their skills in STEM fields to make a difference in the world. RTM’s princess-decorated booth was headed by Kathryn Duytschaever, P.E. and featured hands-on interactive games and experiments as a creative way to grab young attendees’ attention.
“One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had at one of these events was the year we were discussing water towers and the important role they play in transporting water to all of the neighborhood homes around town,” said Duytschaever. “This six-year-old, who was incredibly knowledgeable of the location of many towers around her neighborhood, was questioning why every neighborhood didn’t have a water tower. She really latched on the information and ran with it. Moments like these remind me why I enjoy participating in events such as this one.”
Duytschaever continues to give STEM talks at schools within her community as she works toward highlighting that “it’s cool to build things and it’s great to be a problem solver.” She has more than nine years of experience in mechanical systems design, with a focus on LEED and sustainable elements. Duytschaever has extensive knowledge of the AEC industry and is a licensed Professional Engineer in 16 states, including Iowa.