The Next MacGyver

We’ve been grateful to UEF for the grants we’ve received for Engineer Your Life, Design Squad outreach and, more recently, Dream Big. There are few foundations focused on engineering, and even fewer that recognize the value of empowering engineers to promote the profession. More than simply providing financial support, UEF grants provide the catalyst for collaboration that helps these programs succeed.”

Jane Howell Lombardi, Director, Communications, American Society of Civil Engineers

Grantee Spotlight

In celebration of National Engineers Week in February 2015, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering (USC Viterbi), in collaboration with The MacGyver Foundation and Lee Zlotoff (creator of the TV series MacGyver), launched a worldwide crowdsourcing competition called “The Next MacGyver.” The contest was launched at a press event in Washington, D.C., hosted by “TODAY Show” digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong.

Sponsored by the United Engineering Foundation, the project sought ideas for a scripted television show featuring a female engineer character in a leading role. The goal of the competition is to create a historic TV series that inspires young people, especially women, to pursue careers in engineering.


The Next MacGyver Report

Sponsored by the United Engineering Foundation, the project sought ideas for a scripted television show featuring a female engineer character in a leading role. The goal of the competition is to create a historic TV series that inspires young people, especially women, to pursue careers in engineering.

The Next MacGyver Official Website

Visit the official website of The Next MacGyver, Searching for the next great story about women. Engineers. Heroes.

Summary Video

View a video summary of the competition.