February 20, 2006

Case Western Reserve University celebrates, observes National Engineers' Week, February 18-24

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The Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University is holding several events this week to celebrate National Engineers Week February 18-24. "E-Week" is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of engineering as a career and how the contributions of engineering have impacted our daily lives.

"Engineers: In Tune with Our World," the theme of this year's week of activities, will have Case students, faculty, staff and local high school students and the general public spending much of the week testing their engineering and technology acumen in competitions demonstrating that engineering can be fun and practical at the same time. Major events this week include an engineering expo held at the Great Lakes Science Center; the Society of Women Engineers Luncheon, featuring Dr. Myra Dria, Case alumna and founder of Myden Energy LP; and the popular Lego Robotics, Bridge Building and Battery Powered Car competitions for area high school students.

"It's important that people understand the contributions of engineering and how it has impacted our quality of life," said Robert F. Savinell, dean of the Case School of Engineering. "Through the events of this week, we are enriching a new generation of engineers to continue the tradition of the engineering profession to be socially responsible, using their technical expertise to provide remedies to present and future engineering challenges."

The week's signature event, the Engineering Expo for elementary and secondary school students and their families, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Great Lakes Science Center. The expo, co-sponsored by the Cleveland Engineering Society, is a fun and educational day of fun hands-on experiments, interactive displays and local engineers and students staffing tables, greeting visitors and answering questions. An egg-drop competition features teams of middle schoolers who design and build a package for a raw egg that will allow the egg to survive a free fall from a height of up to 50 feet. The package will be progressively dropped from various floor levels without the installed egg cracking or breaking.

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The High School Lego Robot Competition, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Thwing Center, features Northeast Ohio high school students competing against each other for prizes and awards. The contest features two robots at a time going "head-to-head" in the designated arena. Both should sense light and race as quickly as possible to reach the brighter of two randomly lighted arena wall sections. The first to reach the target area surrounding the brighter of the two lighted sections will score a point. The last robot standing wins.

In addition, the department of civil engineering and the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering are co-sponsoring two design competitions to encourage high school students with interest in, and aptitude for, engineering design. This year's competitions will be the Model Bridge Building Contest and the Eveready Battery-Powered Car Contest. The events will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 12:30 p.m. in Adelbert Gymnasium.

The Society of Women Engineers luncheon featuring Case alumna and Cleveland-area engineering entrepreneur Myra Dria will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Nord Hall on the Case campus.

For more information on all Engineers' Week events, visit http://www.engineering.case.edu/cec/eweek/. The events at Case are being held with the generous support of Accenture.

For more information: Laura M. Massie (216)-368-4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, February 20, 2006 10:19 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Community Outreach, Technology

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