February 12, 2009

Engineers Week Is Off and Running Sunday, February 15, at Case Western Reserve University

Egg Drop Contest and Engineering Challenges Carnival make triumphant returns to "E-Week" activities


Whoever said engineers don't know how to have fun?

Engineers Week at Case Western Reserve University takes off at a sprinter's pace with its own Fun Run. Known as the Pi Mile Run, it is an annual race of approximately 3.14 miles (3.14 is also the numerical value of pi), or five kilometers, designed to benefit Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help developing areas worldwide with their engineering needs.

The race, sponsored by Tau Beta Pi, local chapter of the national engineering honor society at the Case School of Engineering, is set to start on Sunday, February 15, at 10 a.m.

Engineers Week runs from Sunday, February 15 through Saturday, February 21.

Festivities get into full swing later Sunday afternoon with the rebirth of the Case Engineering Challenges Carnival, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland. The event, which features hands-on experiments, puzzles and games developed for youngsters by engineering students, is free for Case Western Reserve students, but the general public must pay the regular admission price into the science center. For directions and further information about the Great Lakes Science Center go online.

Engineers Week is designed to raise public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Founded in 1951, it is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. All of the Case School of Engineering programs are designed to inspire current and future generations of engineering talent.

After a three-year absence, the popular Egg Drop Competition, returns to the E-Week schedule of events. In the Egg Drop Competition, teams of 2-5 students will design and construct a container of restricted size which will keep one uncooked egg from breaking after a fall from a minimum of six feet. The teams whose egg "survives" the first drop will move on to the second drop at another height to be determined and on to subsequent rounds until one team remains. The egg drop will be held inside Nord Hall at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 19.

The egg drop is held in conjunction with "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day." The day, which is sponsored by the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) of the Flora Stone Mather for Women and the Case Alumni Association, raises awareness so that girls and young women will feel empowered to pursue a challenging, lucrative, creative and potentially world-changing career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" also is one of the special events that make up National Engineers Week 2009.

Other highlights of E-Week are the Lego Robotics Competition for local high school kids, the model Bridge Building and Mechanical Car Competitions, the Society of Women Engineers Luncheon, the Coulter-Case Lecture and the Case Alumni Association /Engineers Banquet.

Featured speakers include:

  • Dianne Anderson, executive director of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation, will serve as keynote speaker at the Society of Women Engineers luncheon on Monday, February 16, at noon in Nord Hall.
  • Joe Mandato, general partner and managing director, DeNovo Ventures, and member of the board of trustees at Case Western Reserve, will deliver the Coulter-Case lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, in the Wolstein Building Auditorium.
  • Carol Battershell, senior adviser, U.S. Department of Energy, will speak at the Engineers Banquet on Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m. at Crawford Auto Aviation Museum. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. The banquet is sponsored by Accenture and the Case Alumni Association. (Tickets available for purchase; contact Bonnie Copes or 216-368-5119. Media also are welcome to attend.)
  • David E. Goldberg, the Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurial Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and co-director, the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education, will deliver the "Latest Word Lecture," sponsored by the Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME); Friday, February 20, at 1:30 p.m., Nord Hall, room 310.

For more information and a full schedule of events, go online or contact Maria Marzano, manager of special projects for the university's Office of Engineering Student Programs at 216-368-5024.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, February 12, 2009 01:33 PM | News Topics: Alumni, Case School of Engineering, Events, Staff, Students, news

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