UCI to Celebrate National Engineers Week

Weeklong activities begin Feb. 20, 2007

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’ 34th celebration of National Engineers Week, or E-Week, Feb. 20-24, 2007. 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 inventiveness and imagination through a variety of events. Highlighting the festivities is a series of competitions allowing students to demonstrate innovation and creativity. Examples of contests include:

  • Paper Airplane Competition: (Feb. 22, 11 a.m., location: CalIT2 plaza) students design and build a paper airplane that will travel the farthest possible distance.
  • RC Car Battle: (Feb. 22, noon – 1 p.m., location: EngineeringPlaza) each driver is given a radio-control car that they must properly prepare for a head-to-head match with another driver.
  • Rube Goldberg Competition: (Feb. 22, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., location: McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium) students create a complex contraption to perform a simple task.
  • Catapult Competition: (Feb. 22, 2 p.m., location: EngineeringPlaza by the Calit2 entrance) designers must create a device to toss, propel, kick or fling a beanbag as far as possible.
  • The Great Race Competition: (Feb. 22, 3 p.m., location: McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium) students will test their academic “smarts” in school subjects ranging from mathematics and science, to common knowledge, during a four-stop race. 

Additional E-Week activities include the EngiTECH Technical Career Fair held on Feb. 21, sponsored by more than 50 local companies; a high school shadow day; a faculty and student barbecue; and an awards banquet.  Additional information about E-week can be found at: http://esc.eng.uci.edu/eweek.

There will also be guided tours available Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. - noon, highlighting some of the School’s laboratories and facilities including the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, and the Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Wall, or HIPerWall, at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.  If you are interested in partcipating in the tours, please contact Goran Matijasevic at goran@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 and affiliated with 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.  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 1,800 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic OrangeCounty, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion. For more UCI news, visit www.today.uci.edu.

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