We are the E in STEM®

DiscoverE works to ensure people everywhere understand how engineers, technicians, and technologists make the world a better place. 30 years ago we were the first to call on the engineering community to volunteer in their local schools and help young students discover engineering. Now we lead a growing volunteer and educator movement recognized worldwide. Help celebrate our legacy and build for the future.  

Who We Are

Leadership Council


  • 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.
  • Karen Kuhn is Director of Operations.  She oversees the day-to-day operation of DiscoverE.
  • Ellen Robinson is Communications Manager.  She develops, implements and manages communication strategies and social media campaigns for DiscoverE programs.
  • Thea Sahr is Director of Communications and Programs. She develops programs, resources, and trainings for volunteers and educators to engage students in engineering.  
  • 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.


Corporate Partners

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 Sponsors

Corporate Contributors




  • 3M Foundation *
  • AAAS
  • AACE International
  • AAUW
  • ACI
  • AISES: American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
  • American Association of People with Disabilities
  • 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 *
  • AWWA: American Water Works Association
  • Bechtel *
  • Bentley Systems, Inc. *
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • CIE - USA
  • Collins Aerospace *
  • Cuban American Association of Civil Engineers/C-AACE
  • Design Squad Global
  • DiscoverE Diversity Council* *
  • Eastman Foundation *
  • Edison Electric Institute *
  • Electronic Arts
  • Engineers Australia
  • Engineers Canada
  • Engineers Ireland
  • ExxonMobil Corporation *
  • Federation of Materials Societies
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Girl Scouts USA
  • GirlUp
  • Henderson Engineers, Inc.
  • IBM International Foundation *
  • IEEE *
  • IEEE–USA *
  • INFORMS - Institute for Operations Research & the Management Sciences
  • Institute for Operations Research and 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 *
  • Laser Institute of America
  • Lockheed Martin *
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Motorola Solutions Foundation *
  • NAAEE: North American Association of Environmental Educators
  • NACE International
  • NAMEPA: National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates
  • National Academy of Engineering *
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Center for Women & Information Technology
  • 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 *
  • NSBE: National Society of Black Engineers
  • Phillips 66 *
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Project Management Institute Education Foundation *
  • Raytheon Technologies *
  • School Science and Mathematics Association
  • Science Buddies
  • SFPE: Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • Shell Oil Company *
  • SHPE: Society of Hispanic Engineers
  • SME Education Foundation *
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration
  • Society of Allied Weight Engineers
  • Society of American Military Engineers *
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers *
  • SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Standards Engineering Society
  • SWE: Society of Women Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi Association *
  • TE Connectivity *
  • The National GEM Consortium
  • TMS: The Minerals, Mining & Materials Society
  • Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education
  • Underwriters Laboratories *
  • United Engineering Foundation *
  • Water Environment Federation