In 2021, GE launched Next Engineers, a global college- and career-readiness program to increase the diversity of young people in engineering. The goal is to reach more than 14,000 students in four cities globally over the next five years. The program engages students (ages 13 to 18) in hands-on engineering concepts and careers and ultimately awards partial higher education scholarships to pursue engineering degrees. The four Next Engineers locations are: Cincinnati, Ohio, and Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Staffordshire, U.K. GE is committed to providing the resources that will inspire the next generation of engineers and innovators, wherever their careers take them.
An engineer asks questions and uses science and math to solve problems. Engineers figure out how things work and find practical uses for scientific discoveries. The key to being an engineer is imagining and seeing something new, something no one has imagined before. An engineer is also a creator and makes things for everyday life. Engineers solve real-world problems, like bringing affordable, clean energy to more people and making clean water available everywhere.
There are different types of engineers, such as:
Inspiring engineers is core to our purpose. Next Engineers:
Next Engineers is designed to show students how engineering can solve global challenges connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), such as clean energy, sustainable transportation, and quality healthcare. The initiative is meant to inspire and nurture a pipeline of students, each bringing their unique perspective to the field, to become the next generation of global problem solvers.