UCI Celebrates National Engineers Week

UCI to Celebrate National Engineers Week

Weeklong activities begin Feb. 21, 2006

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine invites students, faculty, alumni and members of the public to attend the campus’s 33rd celebration of National Engineers Week, or E-Week, Feb. 21-25, 2006. Established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, E-Week is an annual event aimed at increasing public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession.

The weeklong event provides an avenue for students to demonstrate innovation and imagination through a variety of events. Highlighting the festivities is a series of competitions aimed at allowing students to demonstrate innovation and creativity. Some of the contests include:

  • Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition: (Feb. 21, 1 - 3 p.m., location: Engineering Laboratory Facility Structures Lab, ELF 148) builders fabricate a Popsicle-stick bridge to support an applied load.
  • Egg Drop: (Feb. 23, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., location: Engineering Tower) participants construct a package that will protect eggs dropped from a 10-story tower.
  • Rube Goldberg Competition: (Feb. 23, 11:30 - 12:30 p.m., location: McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium) students create a complex contraption to perform a simple task.
  • RC Car Battle: (Feb. 23, noon – 1 p.m., location: Engineering Plaza) each driver is given an RC car that they must properly prepare for a head-to-head match with another driver.
  • Catapult Competition: (Feb. 23, 1:30 – 2 p.m., location: Engineering Plaza) designers must create a device to toss, propel, kick or fling a beanbag as far as possible.
  • Paper Airplane Contest: (Feb. 23, 2 - 3 p.m., location: Engineering Gateway stairs) students design and build a paper airplane that will travel the farthest possible distance.

Additional E-Week activities include the EngiTECH Technical Career Fair held on Feb. 22, sponsored by more than 20 local companies; high school shadow day; kite festival; faculty/student softball game; and awards banquet.  Further information about E-week can be found at: http://esc.eng.uci.edu

All events will be held at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering on the UC Irvine campus. For directions, please visit http://www.uci.edu/campusmaps.php

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine is one of the nation's fastest growing engineering schools, attracting talented engineering faculty and students from across the nation and abroad. The School consists of five departments: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and materials science, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and mechanical and aerospace engineering; and is home to numerous research centers, including the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, and the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing. Additionally, it is a major participant in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Further, more than a third of the School’s faculty members are fellows in professional societies and seven have been elected into the National Academy of Engineering. For more information, please visit www.eng.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine: The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3 billion. For more UCI news, visit www.today.uci.edu.

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