Celebrate E-Week Feb. 19-25, 2012

Michigan Tech celebrated National Engineers Week 2012 February 19-25.

National Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. For the past 60 years, National Engineers Week (E-Week) has been celebrated each February around the time of George Washington’s birthday, February 22, because Washington is considered by many to be the first US engineer. Each year the national celebration grows, and this year Michigan Tech will jump head first into E-Week with 30 different engineering events on campus for all to enjoy.

The E-Week Kick-off event was the Winter Baja Competition with Two 90-minute endurance races, as well as a dynamic event. Fifteen universities competing, many with multiple vehicles. See the results, photos and video at 2012 Winter Baja

Among the many events, Engineering Fundamentals served a celebration cake and sold E-Week T-shirts at cost all week long.

Other events included the hydro-cyclone—“a must see” in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Many local high school students enjoyed a nano-materials talk and a foundry metal casting demo in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Students made holograms in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Railroad Night, hosted by the Rail Transportation Program was at the Magnuson Hotel in downtown Houghton where students, faculty and rail industry officials met.

As a part of Engineering Week, American Society of Mechanical Engineers hosted a Cardboard Sled Race on Mont Ripley. The event included a cash prize to the top 3 finishers and is open to any student on campus. Teams can range from 2 to 5 people. The event was held on February 24. Video is at Cardboard Sled Race

These events and many others took place across campus for all to enjoy: students (all majors); faculty (all departments); staff, alumni, friends and community are all invited.

Pictures of many of the E=Week events are on the College of Engineering Flickr site

• Here’s a list of all the E-Week engineering events for the record that were held on campus, listed below or in a printable PDF File Link:
See Eweek Schedule of Events
More info on National Engineers Week nationwide:

ArcelorMittal Alum On Campus: Recruiting and Giving Back

(Left to right): Ryan Hoagland ’98 EE; Mark Plichta, MSE chair; Paul Sanders, MSE; Adam Johnson, Corporate Partnerships; Joe Nowosad ’87 metallurgical and materials engineering; Jim Turnquist, Career Services director; Jim Frendewey, School of Technology dean; Bill Lepak ’90 EE; Rick Berkey, College of Engineering; Not pictured: Kate Nowosad, freshman; Chad Arney, J. R. Van Pelt and Opie Library. Joe Nowosad ’87 was on campus this week for some recruiting and a check presentation on behalf of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company. They also had a nice display in the library. Joe had a successful recruiting session during the Career Fair, too. He’ll be offering some twenty students positions at the company, and there are more internships, too. “We have many baby boomers retiring who we must replace,” he said. Looks like he came to the right place.

High School Enterprise Lauded

Square One Education Network has honored Michigan Tech’s High School Enterprise as a “model program” that is an example of “outstanding collaborative partnerships between K-12 education and postsecondary education.” The award, “Winning Combination in Education,” was bestowed Aug. 17 at the group’s Synergy Summit 2011 in Ypsilanti. Last year Purdue University received the recognition.