Michigan Tech Celebrates National Engineers Week

Engineers Week 2017
Engineers Week 2017
Tau Beta Pi, Michigan Tech's chapter of the national engineering honor society, dressed the iconic Husky statue in a lab coat for National Engineers Week. (Husky statue by Hanlon Sculpture Studio)

National Engineers Week is being celebrated at Michigan Technological University from February 18 through 25 with a variety of activities on campus. Tech’s Engineers Week events are sponsored by Tau Beta Pi, local chapter of the Engineering Honor Society. 

National Engineers Week, also known as Eweek, is a partnership of the American Society of Civil Engineers and DiscoverE. It was created to spotlight how engineers make a difference in the world, to increase public dialogue about the need for engineers and to bring engineering to life for children, parents and educators.

Michigan Tech's celebration began on a sweet note with an ice cream social on Saturday.  Things got rolling at noon Monday, February 20, with the pep band in front of the Husky statue, which will be dressed in a lab coat and bow tie all week. The Green Campus Enterprise gave a rocket stove outside Fisher Hall. Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers presented hands-on demonstrations of science and engineering “magic, followed by a heart rate circuit board program by the Blue Marble Security Enterprise.

Other Eweek events — all open to the campus and the public—include:

Tuesday, February 21:

  • Railroad Engineering and Activities Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fisher lobby
  • Advanced Metalworks Enterprise foundry demo, 1 to 3 p.m., Husky statue.

Thursday, Feb 23:

  • AlChE, Chem E Car stop reaction demo, noon to 3 p.m., Fisher Lobby.
  • American Society of Engineering Management Company panel, 5 to 6 p.m., Chem Sci 101.
  • Engineers Without Borders presentation and meeting, 7 to 8 p.m., Fisher 328.

Friday, February 24

  • Formula SAU Chassis demo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., lobby of R.L. Smith Building (ME-EM).
  • Engineering Fundamentals, Eweek cake, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dillman 112
  • Green Campus Enterprise, winterization demo, 12:24 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dow Atrium
  • Film Board presents "Apollo 13," 8:30 to 11 p.m., Dow Atrium.

EWeek ends with Engineering Exploration Day for middle and high school girls. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Great Lakes Research Center. 

Girls can come and find out what engineering is all about by trying hands-on activities led by women engineering students from Michigan Tech. Girls can find out why these young women love engineering. They’ll learn how engineers make a difference and why engineering is a great career choice.

The day includes sessions on the variety of engineering fields and typical college curriculum presented by first year engineering fundamentals instructor, Amy Monte. Adrienne Minerick, associate dean for research and innovation in Tech’s College of Engineering, will present "The Personal (and Other) Rewards of an Engineering Career.”

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, the University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.