National Wind Assessments’ own, Debbie Jacklitch-Kuiken, continues to gain kudos from the engineering industry for her great work in the field of wind energy. The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, nominated Jacklitch-Kuiken as one of its “New Faces of Engineering” as part of National Engineers Week celebrated from February 14th-February 20th, 2010.

The New Faces program highlights the unique and interesting work of young engineers, recognizing their accomplishments in their field and the resulting impact on society.  The Foundation’s sponsoring societies nominated young working engineers from among their membership. The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) submitted Jacklitch-Kuiken’s nomination to the foundation.

Jackltich-Kuiken is an asset to  National Wind Assessments’ team with her dual qualifications as a meteorologist and mechanical engineer.  She brings an insightful and comprehensive approach to the assessment, design, installation and operation of wind energy systems for National Wind Assessments.

Jacklitch-Kuiken is not only an advocate for the engineering profession, but also for women’s advancement in the sciences.

Jacklitch-Kuiken actively participates in the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”, sponsored by the foundation, by visiting local schools, teaching girls about what it is like to be an engineer. Currently only 20 percent of engineering undergraduates are women. Only ten percent of the engineering workforce are women.

The National Engineers Week Foundation’s overall goal is to ensure that more people are educated and working in the engineering profession. They promote pre-college literacy in math and science to help increase young people’s understanding and interest in engineering and technology careers.

Lots of engineering jobs exist in the growing field of wind energy. A study released by the RES Alliance for Jobs, found that if passed, a 25% by 2025 National Renewable Electricity Standard would support an additional 274,000 renewable energy jobs. Currently, the wind industry supports just over 85,000 jobs. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is helping advocate for Congress to pass a 25% by 2025 National RES this session. This standard  would require all  U.S. states to have 25% of their energy come from renewable sources by year 2025. Learn how you can help support this effort!

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