About Us


We are the E in STEM®

We are DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation). 

We help unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities. Why? They will increase their collaborative footprint in K-12 education and celebrate with the public as it discovers the value of engineering education and careers. 

Who We Are

The Coalition

Our coalition is comprised of stakeholders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are active drivers of and participants in DiscoverE programs, representing industry, government, associations, and academe. Most importantly, together we have built enduring relationships leading to the strong collaborative model we have today.

Meet the Coalition

  • 3M Foundation *
  • AACE International
  • AAUW
  • Air Liquide *
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers
  • American Association of Engineering Societies
  • American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
  • American Council of Engineering Companies *
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics *
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers *
  • American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc.
  • American Nuclear Society *
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Physical Society
  • American Public Works Association *
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
  • American Society for Engineering Education *
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers *
  • American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians
  • American Society of Civil Engineers*
  • American Society of Naval Engineers, Inc.
  • ASFE
  • ASHRAE *
  • ASM International
  • ASME *
  • Association of Science-Technology Centers
  • ASTM International *
  • Bechtel *
  • Bentley Systems, Inc. *
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • CH2M HILL *
  • Clemson University
  • ClickMedix (US-DC)
  • CNH *
  • Design Squad
  • DiscoverE Diversity Council* *
  • DuPont *
  • Eastman *
  • Edison Electric Institute *
  • Electronic Arts
  • ExxonMobil Corporation *
  • Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve (US-NYC)
  • Federation of Materials Societies
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Georgia Tech
  • Girl Scouts USA
  • Henderson Engineers, Inc.
  • IBM International Foundation *
  • IEEE *
  • IEEE–USA *
  • INCOSE – Colorado Front Range Chapter *
  • INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research & the Management Sciences
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers *
  • International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
  • INWES and WES (UK)
  • ISA – The International Society of Automation *
  • Kelly *
  • Laser Institute of America
  • Lockheed Martin *
  • Louisiana Tech
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Miami Science Museum
  • Motorola Solutions Foundation *
  • NACE International
  • National Academy of Engineering *
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Building Museum
  • National Center for Women & Information Technology
  • National Coalition of Girls Schools
  • National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Girls Collaborative Project
  • National Institute For Certification in Engineering Technologies
  • National Science Foundation *
  • National Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation *
  • NCEES *
  • Northrop Grumman Foundation *
  • Ohio University *
  • Phillips 66 *
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Project Management Institute Education Foundation *
  • Purdue
  • Raytheon Company *
  • Rockwell Collins *
  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation / Stephen Bechtel Fund *
  • School Science and Mathematics Association
  • SciGirls
  • Shell Oil Company *
  • SME Education Foundation *
  • Smith College
  • Society of Allied Weight Engineers
  • Society of American Military Engineers *
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers *
  • SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Standards Engineering Society
  • Tau Beta Pi Association *
  • TE Connectivity *
  • Texas A&M
  • The Boeing Company *
  • Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education
  • United Engineering Foundation *
  • University of Delaware
  • USA Science and Engineering Festival
  • Water Environment Federation
  • Water Environment Federation
  • WFEO and Institute of Engineering of Spain
  • WGBH
  • WNET/Thirteen
  • Leadership Council

    Our Leadership Council is invested and experienced in STEM outreach. Members value DiscoverE’s leveraged and holistic approach. They network and advise on education and workforce needs where DiscoverE can help make a difference. Their contributions also help provide DiscoverE materials and resources for many volunteer organizations.

    Meet the Leadership Council

    Corporate Partners

    Discover E is proud to have enduring relationships with our corporate partners. There are three levels at which our partners participate:

    Corporate Affiliates

    These partners participate in Discover E programs to recognize the value of their engineering and technology employees and to inform and inspire future generations of talent.

    Corporate Contributors

    Steering Committee

    Our Steering Committee of engineering societies and public agency partners guides development and implementation of DiscoverE programs and resources and engages thousands of volunteers.

    Meet the Steering Committee

    Our Team

    DiscoverE is a service organization dedicated to people and its partners. Each staff member touches each and every program and is dedicated to building enduring relationships with our partners.

    • Leslie Collins is Executive Director. She created the DiscoverE outreach campaign (1990) which led to an activist volunteer outreach movement and has evolved into the new organizational name. She also created Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering & Technology.
    • Maggie Dressel is the Program Manager of the Future City Competition.  She leads program expansion and oversees the annual Finals.
    • Taryn Egelanian is Programs Manager.  She develops, plans and implements resources, partnerships and outreach for several DiscoverE programs.
    • Gwen Hearn is Outreach Coordinator.  She is the main administrator of volunteer outreach for the upcoming film Dream Big: Engineering Our World.
    • Karen Kuhn is Director of Operations.  She oversees the day-to-day operation of DiscoverE.
    • Ellen Robinson is Online Community Manager.  She manages DiscoverE's social media platforms and campaigns and conducts online trainings.
    • Thea Sahr is Director of Programs.  She develops programs, resources, and trainings for volunteers and educators to engage students in engineering.  Most recently she led the design and development of our new Website and the DiscoverE brand launch.
    • Sayles & Winnikoff Communications drives local and national consumer publicity, corporate public relations, and some social media for DiscoverE.
    • Jake Williams is Program Coordinator of the Future City Competition.  He supports regional coordinators and assists with Finals.


    Thought Leadership

    Our partners are a constant source of inspiration and information.

    Leslie Collins, Executive Director

    Engineering Insights

    Engineering leaders share with us (and with you!) their perspectives on a variety of topics.