In celebration of Engineers Week, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University will host events throughout the week as well as a full day of programming for budding engineers on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The events on Saturday, which are free and open to students of all ages, will run from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. in the Engineering and Science Building (ES) at the BU Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) at 85 Murray Hill Road. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please check back for a full calendar of events. Questions? Please contact Liz Kradjian at (607) 777-4583.

A special thanks to our 2014 sponsors:


BAE Systems

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Engineers Week — February 16–22, 2014

Discover Engineering!

We're still putting together this year's schedule. Please check back as we continue to update the schedule!


2014 Schedule

Sunday, February 16th

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Engineers Week Kick-off

Join a kickoff celebration with Dean Srihari and John F. Contrata, MS '95, Director, Technical Operations, Lockheed Martin! A fun event to celebrate engineering and the Watson School, including a panel discussion with faculty and Watson table trivia in honor of our 30th anniversary year.

Students, faculty and staff - Register online at

  • Sponsored by Watson School Career & Alumni Connections, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Society of Women Engineers, & Theta Tau
  • Old Union Hall


Monday, February 17th

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Watson School Talent Show

Think you're the most talented person in Watson? Prove it! Faculty, staff and students are invited to sign up by emailing by February 15.

  • Sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu 
  • Location: LH 008


Tuesday, February 18th

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Perceptions and Social Styles: Do you know how you are perceived in the work place?

Presented by Kalyn Magazu, Engineer at FM Approvals/FM Global

Whether you're a college student preparing to launch your career or an experienced professional, the one thing that is difficult to learn is how the way you're perceived in the workplace can affect your career development. At this seminar you will learn how to work with different social styles, cultures and personalities; know yourself and how you may be perceived by others; and grow from experiences to bring you closer to reaching your professional goals.

Register for this event at

  • Sponsored by Watson School Career & Alumni Connections & Society of Women Engineers
  • ITC ES 2008


5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Engineers Week 2014 Dinner

"Let's Make a Difference" Engineers Week 2014 Dinner - featured speaker: Dr. Charles Westgate, "Renewable, Efficient, and Smart Energy". For more information, please email Reservations due by Friday Feb. 14, 2014.

  • Sponsored by the Broome Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and the Ithaca Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Holiday Inn Arena


Wednesday, February 19th

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Speed Networking

Join fellow Watson students, alumni, faculty and staff in the Watson School's Second Annual Speed Networking Event! Similar to speed dating, this event allows participants to meet with industry professionals and hone their networking skills in a structured but informal setting. Pizza and soda will be served.

Register for this event at

  • Sponsored by Watson School Career & Alumni Connections & Tau Beta Pi
  • ITC ES 2008


Thursday, February 20th

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Team Trivia
  • Sponsored by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • EB Watson Commons


Friday, February 21st

CANCELLED 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Witness xPertise (exposure to research snapshots)

Are you curious what your professors do when they're not teaching? Come to an exciting event where 4 of Watson's own engineering faculty will give short TED-style talks about their recent or current research. Short, exciting, and to the point each department representative will give insight into what they do so you can be better informed. After the talks there will be a reception with light fare where you can take the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the speakers. This could be your chance to get involved!

  • Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi 
  • Location: UU 120


Saturday, February 22nd

All events will take place in the Engineering & Science Building (ES) at the BU ITC (Innovative Technologies Complex) - 85 Murray Hill Road.


10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll

Think you can build a house strong enough to survive an earthquake? Can you build one that's strong enough if you use only popsicle sticks? Will your house have what it takes to be the last one standing?

  • Sponsored by Binghamton Bioengineers & Tau Beta Pi
  •  ITC ES 2200


10 a.m. - 11 a.m. & 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Egg Drop

Will the eggs survive or will they smash? Watson School students and local youth are invited to test your ability to design a container that will protect an egg during a 15-foot drop. Due to the popularity of this activity, two sessions of this activity will be held – please only attend one session.

  • Sponsored by Pi Tau Sigma
  • ITC ES 2010 for building; ITC Rotunda for testing and judging


11 a.m. - 12 p.m. LEGO Creationary

Show off your skills with LEGOS! Come to play a game of Pictionary using LEGOs.

  • Sponsored by EWB (Engineers Without Borders)
  • ITC ES 2008E


12 p.m. Quad Copter Demonstration

Jim Johnson has worked at Binghamton University as a shop carpenter for over 15 years, but most recently he has become known for the videos he takes with his quadcopters he built from scratch. Come and see a quadcopter up close and watch it take flight!

  • ITC Rotunda


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Artificial Plant Evolution

Come try your hand at evolving plant-like graphics with a computer program.  Your opinions are the driving force controlling the progression of plants towards a form you find visually interesting.  No programming experience required.

  • Sponsored by Engineering Design Division
  • ITC ES 2337


1 p.m. -  2 p.m. Build Your Own Circuit

Build a simple circuit from scratch and learn the basics of electricity with a hands-on project.

  • Sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu
  • ITC ES 2008E


1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Lego Robots

Check out cool robots made by engineering students and take one for a spin!

  • Sponsored by Professor Colin Selleck
  • ITC Rotunda


1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Spaghetti Bridge

Watson School and high school students are invited to try your hand at building a "spaghetti bridge" — a fun challenge that brings together unconventional materials with solid engineering practice. You'll have 1 1/2 hours to construct a bridge entirely out of spaghetti and hot-melt glue. Then the bridges will be loaded until they collapse and judged based on the ratio of the maximum load held before collapsing compared to the weight of the bridge.

  • Sponsored by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • ITC ES 2200; ITC Rotunda for testing and judging


2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Rocket Cars

Using balloons, CDs, water bottles, straws and various other materials, construct rocket cars. Participants can then race their creations against each-other learning about principles such as mechanical design as well as aerodynamics.

  • Sponsored by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
  • ITC ES 1006


2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Slingshots & Catapults

Build a catapult, slingshot or both using a select limited amount of materials depending on a participant's experience. Younger participants will have SASE members assisting them with their devices. Devices will be tested by having the participants attempt to shoot marshmallows into targets.

  • Sponsored by SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers)
  • ITC ES 2010


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tangram Shape Design Game

Join Alpha Pi Mu in playing a game designing a shape where teamwork and communication skills are critical to your and your team's success!

  • Sponsored by Alpha Pi Mu
  • ITC ES 2008E


2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Maglev Building Contest

Teams will be given a kit consisting of an electric motor, propeller, wire, magnets, and foam board. Using these supplied materials and hot glue guns, teams will design and build their own magnetically levitating vehicle. After the build period, teams will get a chance to test and tweak their designs. When a team is satisfied with the design, they will be brought to the race track. Once on the race track, teams cannot touch the vehicle and the vehicle must complete the course. The team with the fastest track time will win.

  • Sponsored by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • ITC ES 2200; ITC Rotunda for racing 


3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Ferro-fluid Tests

Come and see a demonstration of how ferro-fluid (a liquid that reacts to a magnetic field) reacts to different liquids. Learn about how (and why) the magic happens!

  • Sponsored by SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)
  • ITC ES 1304

Last Updated: 2/21/14