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Engineering Week comes to UCR

Engineering Week Events at UC Riverside

Eggs will drop from dizzying heights, chemical engineers will make ice cream,
and then there are the robots.

(February 21, 2006)

Students watch a robot working its way through a maze during last year's E-Week at UCR

Students watch a robot working its way through a maze during last year's E-Week at UCR

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — How do chemical engineers make ice cream? How can an egg dropped from dizzying heights survive? What are the issues confronting women in engineering fields?

These are some of the questions answered at this year’s National Engineers Week celebration scheduled for Feb. 21-24 at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE).

Nicknamed “E-week,” the event is organized by the College of Engineering (COE) Leadership Council and the college of engineering Office of Special Programs.

Other events include a Trivial Pursuit Tournament, a Dean’s Reception for engineering students, a student/staff/faculty basketball tournament, and a LAN (local area network) computer party.

The primary goal of E-week activities at UCR is to encourage interaction and communication among students, faculty and staff and to raise public awareness and appreciation for the engineering profession, according to BCOE officials.

“E-Week is the celebration of technology and the profound impact it has had on every aspect of our lives,” said computer and electrical engineering double-major, Megan Nix, Chair of the COE Leadership Council. “Many are not aware of what engineers do every day, and this week gives them an opportunity to glimpse the excitement, wonder, and innovation that makes engineering such a rewarding and valuable profession. We welcome all to join the student organizations of the Bourns College of Engineering as we host a week full of engineering fun and activities.”

All E-Week events, except the Dean's Reception, are free and open to the public. The Dean’s Reception is limited to college of engineering students, faculty, and staff. Parking on campus is $6 per day.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

  • Noon — 1 p.m. Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Bourns Courtyard, organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

  • 5 — 6 pm. Dean's Reception, Engineering Building II rooms 205-206, organized by the College of Engineering Leadership Council.

  • 6 — 8 p.m. Basketball Tournament, Student Recreation Center, organized by the National Society of Black Engineers.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

  • 8 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. High School MESA Day outreach event, Engineering Building II, organized by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
  • 10 — 11 a.m. Robot/project demonstrations, Engineering Building II 2nd floor patio, organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

  • Noon — 3 p.m. screening of “Dust to Glory” off-roading video in Bourns Hall A275 with free popcorn. Small groups will be taken to the machine shop to see the Mini Baja and Human Powered vehicles. Events are organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

  • 4 - 8 p.m. Fundraiser for the Tau Beta Pi honor society at Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill in University Village. To participate, click on the link to get a flyer , or send an e-mail message to requesting one and present it to the cashier.

  • 7 — 8:30 p.m. Women in Science and Engineering panel, Engineering Building II rooms 205 and 206 (7:00 reception, 7:30 panel), organized by the Society of Women Engineers.

Thursday, Feb. 23

  • Noon — 1:30 p.m. Trivial Pursuit tournament, Engineering Building II rooms 205-206, organized by the Tau Beta Pi honor society.

  • 8 p.m. “Linux from scratch” demonstration, location TBA, organized by the Linux Users’ Group.

Friday, Feb. 24

  • Noon — 2 p.m. Robot/project demonstrations, Engineering Building II Courtyard, organized by IEEE.

  • 1 — 3 p.m. Kamikaze egg-drop competition, Bourns Hall courtyard, organized by the Air and Waste Management Association.

  • 6 p.m. LAN Party, Engineering Building II rooms 205 and 206, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery.

The Bourns College of Engineering includes four departments: Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. It is one of the nation’s fastest rising engineering schools emphasizing interdisciplinary research and education. Since its establishment in 1988, enrollment has grown steadily to more than 2,000 today.

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