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UCR Student Engineers get Technical

Student Engineers get Technical at UC Riverside

Students celebrate National Engineers Week with robots, egg-drop competition and basketball

(February 17, 2005)

Students watch as a robot makes its way through a maze.

Students watch as a robot makes its way through a maze.

Students from UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) will showcase their respective fields — including demonstrating a robotic Micromouse, a tiny microchip-powered vehicle that navigates, mouse like, through a maze — as part BCOE’s National Engineers Week celebration to be held Feb. 22-25.

Nicknamed “E-week,” the event is organized by the BCOE Leadership Council clubs and the Office of Special Programs. Other events include making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, an egg-drop contest, Trivial Pursuit sponsored by the honor society a Dean’s reception honoring student leaders, a student/staff/faculty basketball tournament and a LAN (local area network) computer competition.

“The primary goal of E-week is to encourage interaction and communication between students, faculty and staff and to garner public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession,” said Linda O’Neill, director of Special Programs at the BCOE.

The Bourns College of Engineering is comprised of four departments: Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

All events, except the Dean's reception, are free and open to spectators. Campus parking is $6.

Tuesday, February 22
•12:30 p.m. — Make ice cream with liquid nitrogen outside Bourns A125. Free to all students. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
•5-7 p.m. — Dean’s Recognition Reception to recognize club leaders, college ambassadors, Academic Excellence Workshop facilitators and success counselors will be held in the Surge building 284.

Wednesday, February 23
•8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Approximately 100 students from local high schools will get hands-on experience in engineering as part of Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) High School Day, an outreach program for students who traditionally have been underrepresented in engineering. They will build jungle robots and solar cars, and take part in a prepare-for-college “Jeopardy” game. The event will be held in Pentland Hills and is sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
•Noon — A robot demonstration of Micromouse, tiny microchip-powered vehicles that navigate, mouse like, through a maze. Students will also compete to build the best vehicle powered by the spring action of a mousetrap. The event will take place at the Bell Tower and is sponsored by the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
•5-7 p.m. — A Women Faculty and Engineers Panel, which will include UC Riverside Chancellor France Córdova, three women engineering professors and a representative from the engineering industry. They will talk about their careers in science and engineering, obstacles they faced and overcame, and how they balance career, family and outside interests. The panel will take place in Surge building 284 and is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers.

Thursday, February 24
•Noon — Robot Demonstration with Micromouse and mousetrap-powered vehicles (See event description on Feb. 23).
•4-6 p.m. — Faculty, staff and students will play a basketball game at the UCR Recreation Center outdoor courts, sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers.

Friday, February 25
Noon — Staff, students and faculty participate in a trivia contest in Surge building 284, sponsored by the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society.
Also at noon, there will be an egg drop competition at the Bourns Terrace. All BCOE students are invited to participate in this event, which is sponsored by the Air and Waste Management Association.
•8 p.m. to 2 a.m. — A Local Area Network (LAN) party in Surge building 284 and 283. A small fee will be charged for food and prizes. Sign up online Association for Computing Machinery.

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