February 15, 2008

Case Western Reserve University celebrates, observes National Engineers' Week, February 18-22

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The Case School of Engineering is holding several events to celebrate National Engineers' Week February 18-22. "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.

"Collaboration for Creation," the theme of this year's week of activities, centers around today's necessary collaboration of all engineering disciplines to create essential solutions for tomorrow, says student Heather Herd, president of the Case Engineers Council and research assistant in the department of biomedical engineering. Students, faculty, staff and local high school students and the general public will spend much of the week testing their engineering and technology acumen in competitions and experiments demonstrating that engineering can be fun and practical at the same time.

Kicking off the week will be the Engineering Expo, a celebration of engineering disciplines where undergraduates and prospective students are invited to explore, interact with and experience the university's engineering departments. The expo will be held Monday, February 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Nord Hall on the Case Western Reserve University campus. The expo is a fun and educational day of hands-on experiments, interactive displays and local engineers and students staffing tables, greeting visitors and answering questions.

On Tuesday, February 19, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will hold its annual lunch celebrating the past, present and future of women in engineering. Featured speaker will be Sunniva R. Collins, a senior research fellow at Swagelok Inc. She will present the talk, "A Voyage of Discovery: Career Considerations for Women in Engineering." Collins serves as the primary liaison between Swagelok, Case Western Reserve and the U.S. Navy, the first customer to purchase the service of Swagelok's breakthrough SAT12™ surface hardening process. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Nord Hall.

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 an aptitude for, engineering design. This year's competitions will be the Model Bridge Building Contest and the Eveready Battery-Powered Car Contest. The car competition will be focused on showcasing fuel cell powered model cars. The events will be held on Friday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, the Case Alumni Association and Accenture are sponsoring the annual Engineers' Week banquet featuring keynote speaker Kent Novak, Texas Instruments' vice president of medical and high reliability semiconductors within high-performance analog, on Wednesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Ballroom in downtown Cleveland.

"It's important that people understand the contributions of engineering and how it has impacted our quality of life," said Norman C. Tien, dean of the Case School of Engineering. "Through the events of this week, we are inspiring a new generation of engineers to continue theprofession's tradition of being collaborative, socially responsible, and providing technical expertise for solutions to present and future engineering challenges."

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, February 15, 2008 09:30 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Collaborations/Partnerships, Community Outreach, Events, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Students, Technology

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