New York – April 14, 2010 – An effort to distribute the new, updated edition of Trilogy Publication’s “Those Amazing Engineers” in New York City schools begins this month, with funding from the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation and Halcrow. This update of a 2004 primer on the profession, geared toward older elementary and middle-school students, reflects not only new engineering records and niches but also offers incentives to boost its appeal to kids, teachers, parents and corporate sponsors. The book explains what practitioners do in key engineering specialties using vibrant visuals and kid-friendly text. About 70,000 copies of the first edition, sponsored by a number of firms and associations in the New York metropolitan area, including Thornton Tomasetti and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, are now in print. Revisions to the book include the Taiwan Taipei 101 skyscraper replacing Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers (both structurally designed by Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.) on the cover, as well as new space devoted to overviews of two disciplines whose appeal is growing among younger generations: environmental engineering and software engineering. The New York City initiative is a part of the Adopt-a-School program launched by Trilogy to match requests from schools nationwide for use of the books in classrooms with sponsors. For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, go to http://www.trilogypublications.com/adopt-a-school.html.
The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization established in February 2008, has two primary missions including funding fellowships, scholarships and internships for undergraduate students, and those planning to pursue graduate studies in building engineering, design or technology and providing financial support for individuals and organizations pursuing philanthropic activities related to building engineering, design or technology. Key elements of the program are college scholarships, traveling internships, and grants to, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations.