Despite gray clouds and cool weather, more than 200 students turned out Tuesday morning for a free breakfast to kick off National Engineers Week, or E-Week. Engineering professors joined the Samueli School’s Dean Gregory Washington to cook and serve up pancakes, of all shapes and sizes, to a line of hungry students.
“I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the week of activities, and learn something new about engineering,” said Dean Washington. “I just learned from Albert Yee (professor and department chair of chemical engineering and materials science) that there is a ‘right’ way, scientifically, to mix pancakes.”
E-Week is an annual event aimed at increasing public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession. Established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the weeklong celebration provides an avenue for students to demonstrate inventiveness and imagination through a variety of events.
Organized by the Samueli School’s Engineering Student Council, the week includes student competitions, a career fair, high school student mentor day, a barbecue, an awards banquet, broomball and a student vs. faculty softball game.
Check-in and the majority of events will be held at Engineering Gateway Plaza. Schedule is below:
9 a.m. Dean’s Pancake Breakfast
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EngiTECH Career Fair
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. High School Shadow Day
Student Competitions all day (Family Feud, Castle Destruction, Popsicle Stick Bridge, Water Filtration, Parabolic Cookout, Egg Drop, Duck Pong, Paper Airplane, Scavenger Hunt, Catapult, In-Tents)
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. BBQ
6 to 9 p.m. Awards Banquet, Doheny Beach Room, Student Center
11 p.m. to 1 a.m., Broomball, Lake Forest Ice Palace
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Student vs. Faculty Softball Game, Gabriellino Park