UT schedules events for National Engineers Week

February 16, 2009 | Events, UToday
By Staff

The University of Toledo College of Engineering has several activities lined up to celebrate National Engineers Week, Feb. 16-22.

“The profession of engineering is about innovations to improve the quality of life in our society,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the UT College of Engineering. “Celebrations during National Engineers Week not only recognize the accomplishments of the engineering and technology professionals, but also highlight the relevance and importance of the profession of engineering in our everyday lives.”

The schedule of events:

Monday, Feb. 16
• Pop Bottle Rocket Launch Contest
— This competition will challenge students to create an air-pressure rocket using a two-liter or 20-ounce pop bottle to travel the furthest distance in a straight line. Triangle Fraternity will sponsor the event outside the main doors of Nitschke Hall in the courtyard on Main Campus from 3 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
• Egg-Drop Contest
— Students will test their small, lightweight containers they design to protect a raw egg dropped from successive heights. The event will take place on the first floor of Nitschke Hall from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Triangle Fraternity and Phi Sigma Rho Sorority.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
• Engineer for a Day
— Area high school students will meet in Nitschke Hall for lunch with local business leaders and UT faculty and staff. After touring the UT College of Engineering Complex, students will spend half a day shadowing a community engineer.

Thursday, Feb. 19
• Toothpick Bridge Competition
— Students will test bridges they have designed and built using toothpicks, white glue and other materials by adding weight until the structure fails. Bridges must have a minimum span of 10 inches and a mass less than 1.4 ounces. The contest is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers and will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in Nitschke Hall.

• Egg Launcher Competition — Students will be given materials — newspaper, duct tape, toilet tissue, plastic bags, etc. — to design and construct a container that will protect a raw egg when launched from a trebuchet. Sponsored by the First-Year Rocket Engineers and the UT Engineers Council, the contest will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in Nitschke Hall.

Friday, Feb. 20
• Rube Goldberg Competition
— Students will compete to see who can construct the most creative and complex contraption to replace an incandescent light bulb with a more energy-efficient light-emitting design. The contest will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Nitschke Hall on Main Campus.

For more information on the events, contact the UT College of Engineering at 419.530.8000.

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