Students Celebrate National Engineers Week

Annual Event Showcases Engineering Students' Innovation, Ingenuity

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 11, 2002 — Students and faculty at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine will celebrate National Engineers Week February 19-23, 2002.

Engineers Week, better known as E-Week, is one of the most popular and unique traditions at UCI. Now in its 29th year, E-Week has grown into an eclectic mix of activities, including 18 competitions designed to highlight student talent, a high school outreach day, a technical career fair and an awards banquet. This year's theme is "Equilibrium: Engineering in Balance".

The festivities will kick off with an opening ceremony on Tuesday, February 19th at 8:30 a.m., followed by the traditional E-Week Breakfast a rare time when students will be able to enjoy a meal prepared by their professors. Competitions run from Tuesday morning to Friday afternoon and include the:

  • Catapult Competitiondesigners must create a device to toss, propel, kick or fling a beanbag as far as possible
  • Popsicle Stick Bridge Competitionbuilders fabricate a Popsicle-stick bridge to support an applied load
  • Egg Drop Competitionparticipants construct a package that will protect eggs dropped from the ten-story Engineering Tower
  • Rube Goldberg Competitionstudents create a complex contraption to perform a simple task. The task for this year's time-honored competition is to open a twelve ounce soda can.
  • Leaping Leyden Jarparticipants create a device to fling a nine-volt battery as far as possible, using its own power

In addition, more than thirty local companies will participate in the EngiTECH Career Fair and sponsor various activities during E-Week.

The Engineering Student Council oversees E-Week, which is intended to generate public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession and emphasize cooperation between industry and academia. For a complete schedule of events, visit

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering encompasses the departments of civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering and materials science, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering. The school also is home to six research centers, including the Center for Pervasive Communications, National Fuel Cell Research Center, Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility and Center for Biomedical Engineering. In addition, the school is an integral part of the newly founded California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, one of three California Institutes for Science and Innovation. Additional information is available at

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