UT to spotlight National Engineers Week

Posted Feb 18th, 2011 by Meghan Cunningham  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The University of Toledo College of Engineering and several student groups have planned events to celebrate National Engineers Week, Feb. 20-26.

“The profession of engineering is about creating value for the society,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the College of Engineering. “We are in a world that has an insatiable appetite for new technologies — technologies that are continually improving the human condition.

“We not only get to celebrate these successes during National Engineers Week; our college and the engineering community at large also get to engage and recruit new bright, young minds, preparing for the new future. We invite all to join in these celebrations.”

Listed by date, events will include:

Monday, Feb. 21
• Airplane Aerodynamics Contest. Use provided materials to design a plane that will take off between noon and 2 p.m. on the first floor of Nitschke Hall.
• Egg-Drop Contest. Students will test small, light containers they design to protect a raw egg when dropped from successive heights. The event will take place on the first floor of Nitschke Hall from 2 to 4 p.m.
• Co-op Experiences Shared. Students will discuss what they’ve learned while working at co-ops. The informal talks will take place at 4 p.m. in Nitschke Hall Room 1027.

Tuesday, Feb. 22
• Engineer for a Day. Area high school students will visit the University starting at 9 a.m. to tour engineering facilities. A luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on the first floor of Nitschke Hall before students shadow professional engineers in the community.
• Static Cling Contest. Students will use static electricity to see how many balloons will stick to them. This event will take place at 2 p.m. in the Palmer Hall Lobby.
• Quiz Bowl. Students will compete in a trivia competition at 2 p.m. in Nitschke Hall Room 1027.
• EngineeringOlympics. Students will battle it out in a series of competitions, which will start at 3 p.m. in Nitschke Hall.

Wednesday, Feb. 23
• Engineering Spring 2011 Career Expo. Some 600 students and more than 50 employers are expected to attend this event, which will take place from 12:30 to 4:30p.m. on the first floor of Nitschke Hall.

Thursday, Feb. 24
• “Technically Funny.” Comedian Don McMillan will perform at noon in the Nitschke Hall Auditorium. Before winning the 1993 “Star Search” show, McMillan worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he helped design the first 32-bit microprocessor, and later was a computer chip designer in the Silicon Valley.
“People say engineers are boring, but we are misunderstood,” McMillan said. “We’re not boring; we just get excited about boring things. For instance, I’ve got a new chart explaining the Boolean logic of relationships. Now that’s exciting!”
• Pop Bottle Rockets Contest. Students will create an air pressure rocket using a two-liter or 20-ounce pop bottle and see how far the crafts travel in a straight line. Liftoff will take place outside the main doors of Nitschke Hall starting at 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25
• Mousetrap Car Race. See which mousetrap-powered car wins the time trials. The green flag will drop at noon on the first floor of Nitschke Hall.
• Toothpick Bridge Competition. Students will build bridges using one box of toothpicks, one piece of paper, five paper clips, tape and white glue. Thenthey will test the bridges by adding weight until the structure fails. The contest will be held at 2 p.m. on the first floor of Nitschke Hall.
• Rube Goldberg Competition. Student teams will construct the most creative and complex contraptions to water a plant in as many steps as possible. The contest will be held at 4 p.m. on the first floor of Nitschke Hall.

For more information on the events, visit www.utoledoec.org/content/national-engineers-week, or contact Jon Pawlecki, director of student services in the College of Engineering, at 419.530.8040.


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