Engineers Week offers competitions, design showcases
February 15, 2011Tweet
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of National Engineers Week, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science will host a week of events meant to spark excitement and innovation in engineering.
The days when engineers were men in white button-down shirts with pocket protectors, scribbling equations and pushing papers are long gone.
“Today, engineering is about men and women who think about the big questions, and more importantly, find the big answers,” said Krishnaswami (Hari) Srihari, Watson School dean.
Throughout the week starting Sunday, Feb. 20, Watson School student groups will sponsor events, including an open source install fest, an ACM Programming Competition, team trivia, an engineering rap off and a simulation of supply chain management.
The Watson School is also partnering with the Career Development Center to host a panel of Watson School alumni and industry speakers to share hints, techniques and advice on career development.
The week will feature a full day of programming for budding engineers on Saturday, Feb. 26. Open to students of all ages, the events will run from 9 a.m-4 p.m. in the Engineering Building.
Saturday events will feature hands-on competitions, including the popular spaghetti bridge competition, an air power vehicle design competition and an egg drop. Attendees will also get to play and judge old arcade-style games such as Pong, Breakout or Tetris developed by Watson School students; check out the Mini Baja and supermileage vehicles; and enjoy the perks of an ice cream and nitrogen demonstration.
“Keeping this innovative spirit alive and active begins long before students hit our campus,” Srihari said. “Our children are the scientific and entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow – and equally important, they are members of the next generation’s work force and indispensable to ensuring that New York remains a leader, both nationally and internationally.”
For a full schedule of events, visit http://watson.binghamton.edu/eweek.