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Be an engineer

Engineers make a world of difference. They take on the toughest challenges of the day and innovate solutions that make people’s lives better—today and tomorrow.

Engineers are collaborative and creative…they are problem-solvers. Every challenge has a solution—in the engineer’s world, every challenge has myriad solutions… Engineers work in teams to develop elegant solutions, designing and building practical devices that make day-to-day life safer and more fulfilling…

Engineers help shape the future. Whether it’s developing new fuel sources, managing energy resources more efficiently or exploring the outer edges of the universe, engineers make it happen…

But, not enough U.S. students are pursing engineering careers. ExxonMobil is committed to inspiring and preparing students to take on this important and rewarding career path.

One of the challenges we have as a profession is that young people don't really know what an engineer does. And it can take on a certain connotation of being nothing more than a technician. When in reality scientists discover things and help us understand why they are. Mathematicians help us calculate and measure why they are and why they behave the way they do. Engineers are the marriage of science and mathematics. Engineers put them together and create everything around us.

Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Programs:

ExxonMobil supports the University of Alaska’s ANSEP (Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program), which works with students starting in middle school to increase university recruitment and retention rates in engineering.

The Harris Foundation, started by astronaut Bernard Harris, provides fun, academically enriching summer camps to middle school students from diverse backgrounds. These fun camps offer students the opportunity to explore STEM on a college campus. Since 2006, more than 8,700 students have attended.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, in partnership with ExxonMobil, identifies, nurtures and prepares future Latino leaders. The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards recognize achievements in math and engineering, while Latinos on the Fast Track, or LOFT, provides mentoring and guidance to promising Hispanic STEM students.

Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers is committed to enhancing America’s position in STEM by building a strong and talented workforce. ExxonMobil sponsors activities and events that reach young Latinos and encourage them toward STEM careers.

For more than 20 years, ExxonMobil has supported the Society of Women Engineers and its programs to encourage girls toward careers in engineering. Invent It! Build It!, is an annual signature program that introduces girls to the exciting aspects of engineering.

With partner E-Week, ExxonMobil hosts annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day events at company sites around the country fun and interactive day of engineering, with the goal to reach middle school students as they make course selections. 

SECME, Inc. is a strategic alliance to partner schools, universities, industry and government agencies to work together to prepare minority youth for STEM careers. ExxonMobil provides several direct grants to the organization to grow engineers including a Summer Institute for Teachers.

ExxonMobil provides college scholarships to Latino students who plan to pursue engineering degrees through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, an organization working to break the cycle under-education among Hispanic students in the United States. 

Spelman College and ExxonMobil collaborated to create Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program that targets high-achieving African American women pursuing degrees in the physical sciences and provides mentoring and support. These young women eventually graduate from a joint engineering program at Georgia Tech.