Celebrate National Engineers Week: Learn why engineering matters

Start the trend team

Start-the-Trend: Student teams will develop innovative ideas to change the culture to become more inclusive of women and diversity in engineering and to keep more college-aged students in engineering.

The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) celebrates National Engineers Week with events Feb. 21-26, including the Start the Trend Challenge, the Engineers Showcase Day and a lecture on why engineering matters.

Highlighting the week will be:

Start the Trend Challenge: The Change Begins with You!, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Room 270 of the engineering building
This is a one-day event that will encourage participants to think critically and innovatively about two pressing cultural problems currently facing engineers: women/diversity in engineering and the engagement of college students in engineering. The goal of the day is to “start the trend” of changing the engineering culture. Registration is closed.

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Other events include:

Engineers Week Showcase Day, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the Benton Hall first floor lobby

Showcase Day kicks off the weeklong celebration and will highlight student organizations and research groups within the College of Engineering and Computing. This interactive event will allow students and faculty of all disciplines to learn about all the exciting things happening in the field.

Documentary: “Maker,” 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in 102 Benton Hall

“Maker” is a feature documentary looking into the maker movement in America reforming the economy with a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together. The film explores the ideas, tools and personalities that are driving the maker movement and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.

Lecture: “Why Engineering Matters,” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Room 125 of the psychology building

Linda Harty, treasurer of Medtronics Inc., will speak on the importance of engineering in today’s world, stemming from her unique background in finance. She has worked for many large engineering companies including Parker Hannifin and Cardinal Health.

Engineers Week Annual Banquet, 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Pavilion C of the Armstrong Student Center

The annual banquet brings together students, faculty and industry leaders to celebrate the contributions of engineering and computing in our society. The Tau Beta Pi engineering honors society will be recognizing students for their high academic achievement. Shalendra Porwal of Battelle will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are on sale at the CEC dean’s office in 106 Benton Hall. Prices are $5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff and $20 for the general public.

Lecture: “Women in Engineering,” 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Room 125 of the psychology building

Kathleen Buse, faculty director of Leadership for Women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Case Western Reserve University, will speak about her research on STEM women. The research has been framed by her practical experience in technology-driven and male-dominated organizations. The presentation will conclude with practical recommendations for changing undergraduate education, developing specific skills in STEM women and changes within STEM organizations.

These Engineers Week events, unless noted, are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing along with Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute.