Students Flock to E-Week Festivities

2019 E-WeekMarch 19, 2019 - More than 1,070 students lined up on day one of 2019 E-Week (Feb. 25- March 1) to claim their Samueli School T-shirts and check out the booths and activities hosted by various engineering student organizations during the Kick-off Fair.

Presented by Engineering Student Council, E-Week is an annual event aimed at increasing public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession. This year’s theme was “Engineers Invent Tomorrow.”

For $3 a ride, students took a turn atop a mechanical bull. They built and tested toothpick and marshmallow structures on a shake table and threw shaving cream pies at the president of the National Science Engineering Sorority. They made ice cream in a plastic baggie, and played wacky wire and giant Jenga. A group learned dance moves for the annual lip dub.

At the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers table, students used paper and tape to build a boat, or “ship,” placed it in a tub of water and filled it with paper clips until it sank. Gabriella Vass, a second-year physics major, was excited to watch her vessel, ”Relationship,” hold 85 paper clips.

On E-Week day two, Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington and a few faculty and staff flipped pancakes for a breakfast spread that included bagels, pastries, fruit, breakfast bars and more. On Wednesday, EngiTECH drew about 450 students looking for internships, jobs and networking opportunities. The career fair featured 26 businesses, with Yahoo as the gold sponsor.

Washington stopped by to visit with some of the companies, finding quite a few alumni staffing the tables. “I’m happy to see such a great turnout of employers and students,” he said.

Adriana Rodriguez, a fourth-year biomedical engineering student, and Safia Reazi, third-year electrical engineering, waited in line to speak with a representative from Applied Medical. Rodriquez is looking for a job, and Reazi was hoping for summer work or an internship. She had spoken with a recruiter from Psomas: “They took my resume. I am really interested in working with them and excited to see what comes of it.”

Over at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) booth, Joan Hsu, an engineering alumnus, was representing her employer as a transportation engineering associate. “There are quite a few Anteaters working in the department,” said Hsu ’14. “We have lots of openings for all types of engineers, but I am looking forward to the civil engineers coming through.”

On Thursday, ESC served nearly 900 students, faculty and staff at a barbecue on Gateway Plaza, while over in the Student Center, about three dozen engineering students hosted 263 high school students for Shadow Day. The Anteater engineers led the younger students in STEM activities, including a robotic claw, ghost bubbles, oil spill cleanup, strawberry DNA extraction, mechanical advantage in pulleys and bikes, and a shake table, with the day culminating in a catapult-building competition.

"This was my fourth and final year celebrating E-Week at UCI,” said Kimberly La, ESC president, “and it was truly the most fun E-Week I've ever had. Lining up with other students at the photo booth for Kick-Off Fair, making pancakes with Dean Washington at the Dean's Breakfast, and watching my good friends win well-deserved awards at the banquet are just a few memories that I'll never forget. Most of all, I want to thank all engineering students, faculty and staff for enjoying this event that ESC poured our hearts into. Speaking on behalf of all our members, we're incredibly proud to serve the UCI engineering community in this way."

The weeklong festivities wrapped up with the Engineering Awards Banquet on Friday in the Student Center, recognizing outstanding students, faculty and engineering student organizations (see below).

Professors of the Year
William Tang, Biomedical Engineering
Ali Mohraz, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Joel Lanning, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michael Green, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Natascha Buswell, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate Students of the Year
Austin Lefebvre, Biomedical Engineering
Melissa Thone, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Matin Rahnamay Naeini, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Farshad Yazdi, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Scott Leask, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Undergraduate Students of the Year
Jennifer Barrientos, Biomedical Engineering
Brian Paul, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Darlyn Hernandez, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fernando Kawall, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Christine Tran, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Engineering Student Organization (ESO) Awards
Best New Event: InternSHPE Days (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)
Best Outreach Program: SHPE Jr.
Best Mentorship Program: MentorSHPE
Best Collaboration Event: Microvention – SHPE/BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society)/SWE (Society of Women Engineers)/NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
Most Improved Organization: AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)
Wildcard: Best Event Overall - Industry Networking Night hosted by SWE
Best Engineering Student Organization:  ASCE (This category was determined by amount of participation in Presidents Council and number of collaborative events.)

– Lori Brandt

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