National Engineers Week

In celebration of National Engineers Week, the Watson School will host a variety of events Feb. 17-23, 2019!

The theme for 2019: Invent Amazing


Monday, Feb. 18

E-Week Kickoff: Women in STEM
6:00-8:00 p.m., UU120

Light refreshments will be served

  • Panelists
    • Gretchen Mahler - Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering
    • Sherry Towfighian - Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering
    • Victoria Kramer '15 - Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (ME)
    • Brooke Eiche - Retired, Exxon Mobil, Hallador Energy Company, Lockheed Martin Corp.
    • Victoria Tagarelli '13 - Lockheed Martin
    • Emily Ormsby '16 - Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
    • Kaiyan Yu - Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering
    • Ahyeon Koh - Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering
    • Hallie Friedman '16 - AVANGRID

Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers and Alpha Omega Epsilon and Watson Career and Alumni Connections

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Cool Connections, Hot Alumni: Kyle P. Chafetz '16, mechanical engineer at SpaceX
1:10-2:10 p.m., Old O'Connor Hall Room 162 (Alumni Lounge)

Register here

Sponsored by Alumni Engagement

IBM: Design Thinking Workshop
3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m., location TBD

Sponsored by IBM and Watson Career and Alumni Connections

Engineers Week Dinner
5:30-8:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Downtown

Sponsored by NYSSPE

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Macedon Technologies Information Session
1:30-3:00 p.m., EB C-Pod

Sponsored by Watson Career and Alumni Connections

Thursday, Feb. 21

STEM Jobs and Internships Fair
11:00-3:30 p.m., Mandela Room (UU)

Sponsored by The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

Alumni and Friends Reception
5:00-7:30 p.m.

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  • Guest speaker: Eric Strafel '96

    Eric Strafel was named Vice President of Supplier Management for Boeing Global Services in September 2018. In this position, Eric has responsibility for the overall strategy, contracting and daily management of procurement matters as they relate to the products and services of Boeing Global Services. The organization focuses on improving supplier performance and relationships while providing the best value for customers across Boeing's Commercial and Defense products in the aftermarket.

    Eric also serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aviall, a role to which he was appointed in March 2016. As President and CEO, Eric has deployed data analytics and industry-leading technologies to further connect the aviation supply chain, launch a customer-driven digital transformation of and empower the Aviall team to experience record-breaking sales months.

    Prior to Aviall, Eric served as Vice President of Autonomous Systems for Boeing Military Aircraft within Boeing Defense, Space & Security. There he and the Autonomous Systems team crafted a vision for innovation in the unmanned technologies market that will help lead Boeing well into its second century of new technology platforms. Eric formerly served Aviall as Senior Vice President of Operations beginning in 2010, gaining additional responsibility for Aviall Defense in 2013 and Business Development in 2015. With a strong strategic mindset, Eric led the creation of the framework for Aviall's 20/20 vision for future growth. Eric is a 23-year aviation veteran with expertise in propulsion systems, supply chain management, and business strategy. His experience spans general and business aviation, defense and commercial operations as well as international assignments. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).

    Prior to joining Aviall, Eric was Vice President of Supply Chain Management for L3 Communications, one of the largest defense companies in the U.S., where he was responsible for supply chain activities including estimating, planning, material procurement, manufacturing, logistics, and component repair and overhaul services. Eric holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University.

    Eric has a passion for team member engagement and development, with one of his most fulfilling accomplishments being the implementation of an annual Family & Friends Day which connected team members with the larger purpose of aviation, also capturing Aviall's vision of Proudly Keeping the World in Flight. With deep commitment to community service and investing in industry associations and nonprofits, Eric serves on the boards for The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and the North Texas Commission.

    Eric is also passionate about supporting team members to not only achieve their full potential but also feel their best while doing so. In 2017 and 2018, Aviall received the Cigna Well-Being Award. The honor recognizes employers who actively and positively impact the overall health and well-being of their employees.

    Eric has an unwavering commitment to veteran recruitment, hiring and employment, which he has embedded in the company culture, enabling Aviall to earn the #1 rank among Top Military Friendly Employers, designated by G.I. Jobs. He also is a member of the USA Leadership Corps., a national volunteer-based strategy consulting group that caters to the needs of emerging small business and nonprofits.

    Immersive Leadership Talk from Eric Strafel

Sponsored by Watson Career and Alumni Connections

Friday, Feb. 22

How artificial intelligence and machine learning are revolutionizing manufacturing and supply chain
4:30-5:30 p.m., UU102

Sponsored by APICS

Trivia Night
7:00-8:30 p.m., UU202

Sponsored by IEEE

Saturday, Feb. 23

Community Day
10:00-3:00 p.m, Engineering and Science Building (ITC)

*See full schedule below

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Watson School Dean's Office
Location: Engineering & Science Building (ES) at the Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) - 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, NY.
Campus Map - Search for ES building


Thank you to all those that support The Watson School's EWeek!

IBM Lockheed Martin BAE Systems Raymond Rockwell Collins
Sodexo Shumaker Consulting Mirabito Energy McFarland Johnson  

*Community Day Events

The events are free and open to all ages in the Engineering and Science Building (ES) at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) at 85 Murray Hill Road.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

Egg drop

10:00-12:30 p.m.
Participants will design a container that is capable of protecting an uncooked egg from breaking after falling 20 feet. The designs will be tested by being dropped off a balcony in the ITC Rotunda. Participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible and make as many designs as they want.
Sponsored by Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical engineering honor society)
Location: Rotunda

SAE Vehicles and Mars Rover

10:00-3:00 p.m.
Come down and view the Mars Rover and Formula vehicles built by Binghamton University students. These are impressive engineering projects put together by students from the Watson School. A small driving simulator will be available next to the vehicles for kids to experience what goes into Formula racing!
Sponsored by Binghamton Motorsports and Binghamton University Mars Rover
Location: Rotunda

Popsicle stick catapult

10:30-12:30 p.m.
Attendees will be making catapults using popsicle sticks then launch pom-poms, teaching them about projectiles and energy transfer.
Sponsored by Alpha Omega Epsilon (Professional engineering society)
Location: COE Link

Squishy circuits

10:30-12:30 p.m.
We will use conductive playdough to make squishy circuits that can light up and beep.
Sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical engineering honor society)
Location: Rotunda

Seismic shake-up

10:30-12:30 p.m.
Students will design a structure out of clay and straws. This structure will then be earthquake tested on a shake table—a device engineers use to simulate the back-and-forth shaking of an earthquake. If the structure fails, the student will create a new design and test again!
Sponsored by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America
Location: Room 1304

Tornado in a water bottle

10:30-12:30 p.m.
Participants will be making their own tornado in a bottle. They will swirl the bottle to demonstrate how gravity pulling down the liquid combined with the continuous rotation makes the vortex.
Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers
Location: Room 1006

Exploring cryptography

10:30-12:30 p.m.
We will make a cryptography pinwheel and an enigma machine that will enable children to decode messages.
Sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Location: Room 2008W


10:30-12:30 p.m.
We will make ziplines using cups and types of thread while putting different materials into the cups to test which thread and material combination allows for the fastest cup velocity – in essence, testing friction-mass relationships.
Sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers
Location: Room 2008E

3D pens

10:30-12:30 p.m.
Participants will draw 3D structures using 3D pens. After they are done making their creations, they will be allowed to take it home with them.
Sponsored by Engineers Without Borders
Location: Hallway near Room 2303

LEGO Pictionary

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Using LEGOs, participants will build an object from a list provided to them. Student volunteers will then try to guess what the participants built.
Sponsored by Engineers Without Borders
Location: Hallway near Room 2303

Arduino Projects Exhibit

11:00-1:00 p.m.
Investigate interactive projects built by our student teams using Arduino, an open-source prototyping platform. Projects include pong game, B-bit Tetris and more!
Sponsored by the Engineering Design Division
Location: Rotunda

Amateur Radio

11:00-2:00 p.m.
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 School IT Specialist Robert Mess and Binghamton University Amateur Radio Association
Location: Hallway near Room 2200

3D Printing Lab Tour

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Tour the state-of-the-art 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing facilities available in the Watson School. Learn about the engineering and scientific research these novel facilities support. Tours last 15-20 mins. Groups of 5-6 at a time.
Sponsored by the ME additive manufacturing group
Tour starts in ITC ES Hallway near 1500

Water bottle rockets

1:00-3:00 p.m.
We will be making a medium pressure water rocket from empty water bottles and foam board to launch outside of the rotunda.
Sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Location: COE Link

Cardboard tower challenge

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Participants will join in a hands-on challenge to see who can make the tallest tower out of cardboard and tape. The tallest tower wins, but there's no real importance to winning. The main focus is on building and decorating in order to make it your own. Participants are able to color and personalize their towers. After the challenge is over, get new people and start again.
Sponsored by OT
Location: Hallway near Room 2303

Spaghetti and gumdrop towers

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Participants will compete to build the tallest towers using spaghetti and gumdrops.
Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi (National engineering honor society)
Location: Rotunda

Blood model in a bottle

1:00-3:00 p.m.
We will be creating a colorful, informative jar of candies in water representing plasma, white, and red blood cells. Kids will get to take their jars home while learning about the human body!
Sponsored by the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Location: Room 1304

Oobleck pool

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Want to have fun with physics and even "walk on water"? Try making a mixture of cornstarch and water called oobleck. It makes a great science project or is just fun to play with. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid with properties of both liquids and solids. You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid.
Sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Location: Room 1006

Rainbow jar

1:00-3:00 p.m.
With just a few common household ingredients like dish soap and honey, participants can actually pour a rainbow into a jar while also learning about density.
Sponsored by the Association for Operations Management (APICS)
Location: Room 2008W

Potato mountain rescue

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Participants will be working to create a stretcher out of various materials in order to carry a potato across some distance.
Sponsored by the Biomedical Engineering Society
Location: Room 2008E


1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cork shooters made from popsicle sticks, rubber bands, cork cubes and clothespin. Participants can create their own shooter and compete to shoot at targets.
Sponsored by Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial engineering honor society)
Location: Hallway near Room 2303