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 Community Day - Saturday, Feb. 28.

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 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please check back for a full calendar of events. Questions? Please contact Lisa Altman at (607) 777-2154.

A special thanks to our 2015 sponsors:


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 BAE Systems


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Engineers Week — February 22-28, 2015

Discover Engineering!

Please check back as we continue to update the schedule!


2015 Schedule


Sunday, February 22nd

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Engineers Week Kick-off: "From Technical Expert to Corporate Leader"

Join a kickoff celebration with Dean Srihari and Watson School alumnus Jerry Lavine '91, executive vice president at Dura Automotive Systems, LLC,  who will share his story on how he transitioned "from technical expert to corporate leader."  Jerry will talk about lessons learned on his journey from the Watson School to graduate school at Cornell and MIT, to chief engineer at Ford, to his current position as EVP Global Program Management for Dura. Learn from a very successful alumnus on how to land your first job and move through the ranks to become a global superstar!

Students, faculty and staff - Register online at

  • Sponsored by Watson School Career & Alumni Connections, ASME, BMES, NSBE, Theta Tau, Pi Tau Sigma and MCA
  • Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4)


Monday, February 23rd

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 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 18.

  • Sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu 
  • Location: Science One Room 149


Tuesday, February 24th

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Engineers Week 2015 Dinner

Kevin Schlosser, Lockheed Martin Fellow will speak on "Unmanned Aircraft Systems." Presentations for the BU NYSSPE Scholarship Recipient Recognition and for the Engineer of the Year Awardee: Dr. Walter Houston Bray, PhD, PE as well as poster presentations.

Engineers Week 2015 Dinner -  For more information, please email Reservations due by Friday Feb. 20, 2015.

  • 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, 2-8 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901


Wednesday, February 25th

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Team Trivia Night 

Watson students compete in a fun filled evening of trivia.

Register for this event at

  • Sponsored by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • Watson Common


Thursday, February 26th

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Local Alumni and Student Networking Event
Local Watson alumni, students, faculty and staff celebrate Engineers Week 2015 with a special event.
Network with fellow alumni, students and staff, learn about what's happening in the Watson School, and visit our newest campus facilities at the Center of Excellence.  UHS Hospital's Director of Performance Improvement and Watson alumnus Srikanth Poranki, Ph.D. '10, will share thoughts on how the Watson School has impacted his life. NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) will have their Notable Black Engineers and Computer Scientists Exhibit on display and  Watson School student organizations will be be in attendance.
Hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served. 

RSVP by February 20th and bring your business card for our raffle.  Register for this event.

Alumni, Faculty, Staff:


  • Sponsored by Watson Career and Alumni Connections, Tau Beta Pi and SHPE
  • Symposium Hall & Rotunda, Center of Excellence, 85 Murray Hill Road


Saturday, February 28th

Community Day - 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

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

Free Parking in Lot J. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Complementary pizza, drinks and cookies will be available. 

Click here for a pdf of updated times and room locations.


10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m - 12:00 noon 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 (National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)
  • ITC ES 2010 for building; ITC Rotunda for testing and judging


10:00 a.m. - 12 noon Bridge Building

Don't drop the marbles! Come and build bridges that can last longer than your peers. Test out your engineering skills by building the strongest bridge out of Popsicle stick and glue, then try and see how many marbles your new creation can hold. The bridge that can hold the most marbles every half hour will win a prize! So come out and see how well you can do!

  • Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)
  • ITC ES 2200


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Playdough Create

Participate in a playdough assembly line.  Make and take home your own playdough.

  • Sponsored by IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
  • ITC ES 1006


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Scavenger Hunt

Participants will be given engineering-related hints and clues to collect items for a project you will assemble and take home with you.

  • Sponsored by Theta Tau (Professional Engineering Co-ed Fraternity)
  • ITC ES 1304


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Arduino Projects Exhibit

Investigate interactive projects built by our student teams using Arduino, an open-source prototyping platform.  Projects include Unbelivable Flourescent Object (UFO), The A-Maze-ing Robot, The Magic Conch, Reaction Time Tester, The Beat Looters Music Box, The Honey Hole, WISeD4 and The Great G.A.D.B.E.E.

  • Sponsored by EDD (Engineering Design Division)
  • ITC Rotunda


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m Notable Black Engineers and Computer Scientists Exhibit

An exhibit featuring ten inventors showcases the significant legacies that black men and women have created in the engineering and computer science fields.

  • Sponsored by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
  • ITC Rotunda


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Vehicle Display

View the Mini-Baja, Super Mileage, and Formula vehicles built by Binghamton University students.

  • Sponsored by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • ITC ES Rotunda


10:30 a.m. – 12 noon Toothpick Towers

Build towers using only toothpicks and marshmallows to build the highest tower possible.

  • Sponsored by Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)
  • ITC Rotunda-COE Link


11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Amateur Radio

In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, ham radio operators can swing into action assisting emergency efforts and working with public service agencies.  Amateur radio operators make friends around the world and can even communicate to astronauts on the Space Station.  Explore the fun of radio technology and operating frequencies used by ham radio operators.

  • Sponsored by Watson IT Specialist Robert Mess and Professor Prahalad Rao
  • ITC ES Hallway near 2200


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 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


12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Quad Copter Demonstration

Come and see a quad copter up close and watch it take flight!

  • Sponsored by Watson Dean's Office
  • ITC ES Rotunda


12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Boat Building Competition

Gain knowledge in the concept of buoyancy by building a boat out of various materials.  See which boat can hold the most amount of pennies without capsizing!

  • Sponsored by SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
  • ITC ES 1006


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mini-Catapults

Build a mini catapult and test it by shooting marshmallows into targets.

  • Sponsored by MCA (Mechanical Contractors Association)
  • ITC ES 2010


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wind-Powered Vehicles
Learn about the application of engineering design with natural energy.  We will provide Improve upon pre-made designs of wind-powered cars and race it against obstacles to discover the importance of evolutionary design in engineering.

  • Sponsored by BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society)
  • ITC Rotunda-COE Link


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 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 (National Electrical Honor Society)
  • ITC ES 2008E


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ferro-Fluids and Lava Lamps

See how a ferro-fluid (a liquid that reacts to a magnetic field) behaves and build a homemade lava lamp.

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


1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3D Printing with Maglev Vehicles

A 3D printer will be printing out platforms/chassis of Maglev vehicles. The participants will then compete with their own designed Maglev vehicles from our selection of propellers, motors, chassis, and other miscellaneous building tools on a student-built Maglev track.

  • Sponsored by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • ITC ES 2200 for building; ITC Rotunda-COE Link for testing


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ant Robot Demonstrations

The winning Ant Robot Challenge team from our Fall '14 student competition will be demonstrating their winning robot using bluetooth module to control a vehicle capable of traversing various terrain and picking up payloads.

  • Sponsored by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • ITC Rotunda


2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bouncy Balls

Use special ingredients and make your own creative bouncy ball to take home.

  • Sponsored by Alpha Omega Epsilon (Professional Engineering Sorority)
  • ITC ES 1304


2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Zip Line

Create a carrier that can get a ping pong ball to the bottom of the zip line the fastest by using weights/other creative ideas.

  • Sponsored by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
  • ITC ES 2008-E


2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bike Bell Painting   Bicycle Maintenance

Spring will be here soon which means bicycle season will soon be here too.  Learn about bicycle maintenance, safety and tips on how to fix your bike. 

Personalize multi-colored working bike bells with Sharpies, paint and stickers to put on your bicycle! Let others know you are coming on the road with your own creative design!

  • Sponsored by Binghamton Bike Share
  • ITC ES 2010

Last Updated: 2/25/15