National Engineers Week

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In celebration of National Engineers Week, Watson College will host a variety of events Feb. 18-24, 2024! Check back for more details as the schedule develops.

Saturday, Feb. 17 - Sunday, Feb. 18


Hosted by HackBU, the Hackathon is a 24-hour event during which teams of one to four students build an innovative project from the ground up. Teams will have uninterrupted “hacking” time followed by project judging. Students come from many different majors (most commonly computer science, engineering and business administration) and with different skill levels. Register here.

HackBU is seeking alumni volunteers to serve as mentors for these cross-disciplinary projects! Sign up to serve as a mentor.

 Questions? Email 

Monday, Feb. 19

Successful Transition to the Workplace: Engineering Edition

Hear from a team of engineers and HR professionals about finding companies that are the right fit for you and how to successfully transition to the professional work environment. Three Watson alums (early career, mid-career and late career) will cover a variety of scenarios that may arise in the workplace that may be uncomfortable for recent grads.

Examples include:

  • Expectations for working on diverse teams
  • Learning to influence and be influenced
  • Finding a career or technical mentor
  • Navigating company culture and choosing the right one for you 

…and other situations that are important for you to be aware of before you are immersed in a professional work environment. Lunch will be provided.

Note: This is not a BAE Systems recruitment event, and any student (domestic or international) would benefit from this information. Those who would like to speak further about employment opportunities at BAE Systems can attend the STEM Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 21 (see information below).

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Career Secrets with Tim Kelly '94

Watson alum Tim Kelly will tell you everything you need to know for upcoming STEM Fair and Job & Internship Fair, including talking to recruiters, impressing during the interview and other secrets. Breakfast pizza will be provided.

AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) Career Panel - Lunch & Learn

Speak with five Watson alumni who have pursued careers in architecture, engineering and construction. Expand your knowledge about different career paths within AEC, expand your network, and get tips about steps for success from individuals who have been in your shoes.

Tech Innovators Panel

  • When: 1-2 p.m.
  • Where: Old Union Hall, The Union
  • RSVP: Register here

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from three brilliant minds for this panel focused on the topic of technology, innovation and social entrepreneurship.

  • Moderator: Assistant Professor Stephanie Jesso, Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering 
  • Panelists: Peter Walker, corporate vice president, Microsoft; Professor Hiroki Sayama,  SSIE Department; Jim Bankoski '91, vice president of engineering, Google

Speed Round Technical Interviews with Watson Alum Tim Kelly '94

  • When: 2:20-4:20 p.m.
  • Where: Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office - Engineering Building L-Pod
  • RSVP: Register here (computer science students only)

Need practice with technical interviews? Test your abilities in a low-stakes environment before a real-world interview. Sign up for one 20-minute timeslot. You will receive feedback from CS alum Tim Kelly, a VP with 30 years of experience. 

(Only sign up if you are certain that you can attend. You will be required to email your resumé to Kim Eiche, director of WCAC, at by Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Alumni & Friends Reception

  • When: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Where: Rotunda of Engineering and Science Building (Innovative Technologies Complex) 
  • RSVP: Register here by Feb. 15.

This reception will provide opportunities to hear about recent developments at Watson College from Dean Hari Srihari and at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger. You also can connect with our Watson community — faculty, staff, friends, alumni and, most importantly, our students! All participants will receive complimentary hors d'oeuvres and be entered into a raffle for Binghamton University prizes.

Nana Banerjee, PhD ‘96, will provide remarks about this year's theme, "Welcome to the Future." Banerjee serves as the president and CEO of Pelmorex Corp., a Canadian company specializing in weather information and media. Pelmorex is the proprietor of The Weather Network and MétéoMédia, along with their corresponding digital platforms.

After the keynote speaker, participants may take a tour of the Acoustic Core's anechoic chamber, see a working demonstration of the 2023 rover from the Binghamton Rover Team, and check out the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) racing simulator.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Lockheed Martin Morning Meet-Up

  • When: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: Virtual on Zoom
  • RSVP: Register here

Pop into the Lockheed Martin virtual meeting room hear from a panel of early career engineers from different areas of Lockheed; to learn about potential career paths and life at Lockheed Martin; and for guidance on the job and internship application process and deadlines. U.S. citizens only. 

STEM Job Fair

A variety of employers seeking to hire STEM majors will be in attendance, all of which are looking for qualified students to apply for their full-time and internship summer opportunities. Be sure to conduct research on the companies and their opportunities in advance, and have your professional attire ready. Advance registration is not needed to attend.

Technical Session on Artificial Intelligence

  • When: 2:15-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Engineering Building, T1
  • RSVP: Register here

Join Peter Walker, corporate vice president of Microsoft, for this discussion about the future of AI and what it will mean for engineers and computer scientists.

Thursday, Feb. 22

Naval Nuclear Lab Table Talk

  • When: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.
  • Where: Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office - Engineering Building L-Pod
  • RSVP: Register here

Learn about the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and how you can become part of the team. Get your questions answered about how you can contribute to the mission to support the U.S. Navy.

All Majors Job and Internship Fair

A variety of employers seeking to hire students of all majors for full-time and internship summer opportunities. Be sure to conduct research on the companies and their opportunities in advance, and have your professional attire ready. Advance registration is not needed to attend.

CAE Table Talk

  • When: 12-2 p.m.
  • Where: Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office - Engineering Building L-Pod
  • RSVP: Register here

Learn more about this interesting organization. CAE is a global leader in aviation training and will present an exclusive internship/full-time opportunity for aspiring aviators and aviation enthusiasts.

Koffman Incubator Office Hours: Mentor for Student Entrepreneurs at Binghamton

  • When: 3-5 p.m.
  • Where: Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office - Engineering Building L-Pod

Meet Epiphany Munoz, the New Energy New York innovation program coordinator for the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University. Munoz helps budding entrepreneurs navigate the ins and outs of starting their own business and provides mentorship and tools to help startups succeed. Students of all majors are welcome! 

Multicultural Fair Flip

  • When: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Mandela Room & Old Union Hall at The Union
  • RSVP: Register here 

More info to come.

National Society of Professional Engineers - Broome Area Chapter Dinner

  • When: 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Where: Holiday Inn Arena, 2 Hawley Street, Binghamton
  • RSVP: Register here 

The speaker for the event is Jeff Smith, who retired from the utility industry as senior vice president of corporate development. He currently works for several nonprofit organizations in the region and serves as president of Tier Energy Network (TEN), an industry-led nonprofit to create an industry cluster in clean energy in the Southern Tier. Jeff will discuss the history of innovation in the region and make the case that a new wave of innovation is emerging. The major developments will be detailed along with the critical challenges for the region. 

Please email your RSVP to Susan Conklin ( and Sallie Valentine ( by Feb. 17 with your dinner entree choice (information here), and the Watson Dean’s Office will cover the cost for students, faculty and staff. All RSVPs should plan to attend as this is an invitation-only event.

Friday, Feb. 23


  • When: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 3-5 p.m.
  • Where: Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office - Engineering Building L-Pod
  • RSVP: Register here

Learn more about Saab Inc., an international defense, aerospace and security company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces. Saab serves the U.S. government, industry and commercial customers with products, services and solutions ranging from military defense to civil security.

Northwell Health Virtual Information and Recruitment Session

Join industrial engineers and process improvement professionals from Northwell Health for a virtual info session. Learn about the various positions held by IE’s and participate in a Q&A session. Information about the Northwell professionals participating and summary of their ongoing/past projects will be provided to attendees prior to the event.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Community Day 

Innovative Technologies Complex, Binghamton University

Sponsored by Watson College Dean's Office and Watson Career and Alumni Connections 

Our annual free Community Day event for children and their families features fun, hands-on STEM activities for all ages! Click here to see all the activities.

  • Morning session: 9:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Afternoon session: 1 - 3:30 p.m. 

Capacity is limited to 150 children per session on a first-come, first-served basis. A new high school track (limit 15 students per session) has been added this year.


Thank you to all those who support Watson College's Engineers Week!

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