Imagine being part of a team that is working on the next-generation lunar rover by helping NASA Glenn Research Center simulate the soil on the surface of the moon, or being one of the first people to successfully build a fuel cell-powered car. Imagine helping to study deep brain stimulation, a technique to treat movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, or creating robotic vehicles that will keep troops safer in combat missions. Important research like this is going on now at Case Western Reserve University, but to keep it going, generations of kids have to be interested in engineering careers—and to aspire as high as their imaginations will take them.
That's why the Case School of Engineering is observing the 56th annual National Engineers Week, a celebration of engineering's impact on society, February 18-23. This year's theme, "Imagine," will focus on innovation and design using engineering principles.
"Engineering affects almost every aspect of modern life," said Norman Tien, dean of the Case School of Engineering. "Engineers Week is an opportunity for current engineers to celebrate the field and to get future engineers excited about the challenges of tomorrow."
Tien, who began his duties as dean of the Case School of Engineering on February 1, also will be the featured speaker at the Cleveland Engineering Society's 2007 Leadership Breakfast Series Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30 a.m., at the Myers University Club, 3813 Euclid Ave. He will present his perspective on the future of engineering and technology for the region at the breakfast meeting.
The Engineers Week celebration at Case kicks off Sunday, February 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Adelbert Gymnasium with the Case Engineering Festival. The week's signature event, the festival is a fun and educational afternoon of hands-on experiments, puzzles and games developed by Case engineering students and faculty for elementary, middle and high school students and their families. Visitors can also take guided tours of the labs where Case's world-renowned researchers make their scientific breakthroughs. Labs include the Biologically-Inspired Robotics Lab, the Case Wind Tunnel and labs where Case's well-known fuel cell research takes place. Tours of each lab will be held only on Sunday, February 18, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Case students, faculty, staff and local high school students and the general public will spend much of the rest of the week testing their engineering and technology acumen in competitions demonstrating that engineering can be fun and practical at the same time. Activities include the High School Lego Robot Competition, which will be held Tuesday, February 20, at 8 a.m. in 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, the Model Bridge Building Contest and the Battery-Powered Car Contest, will be held on Thursday, February 22, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Adelbert Gymnasium.
The Midwest Biomedical Conference, an all-day conference designed to bring together students and practitioners of biomedical engineering and the life sciences for panel discussions, technical sessions and informed extended exchange of ideas important to the future of biomedical engineering in the Midwest, will be held on Friday, February 23, at 8 a.m. in Thwing Center.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.