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UD celebrating National Engineers Week

The College of Engineering at the University of Delaware is participating in National Engineers Week from Feb. 14-20.

A highlight of the week will be a celebration of the accomplishments of the professional engineers of Delaware. The ceremony will include recognition of Michael Chajes, dean of the UD College of Engineering, who has been named the 2009 Engineer of the Year by the Delaware Council of Engineering Societies (DCES). He will be honored at the DuPont Country Club on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Events for the week include a variety of engineering-oriented activities, ranging from a K'nex building competition, liquid nitrogen ice cream making, and engineering dodgeball to the Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony, the space beam challenge, and a business etiquette luncheon.

A new green activity, UBuild It, will require informal design teams to construct models of UD building out of recycled materials, and a career fair will introduce engineering, science, and technology students to employment opportunities and career challenges in the high-tech workforce.

In addition, a buffet dinner and poster celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 17, will celebrate the accomplishments of the mechanical engineering seniors, who recently completed their semester-long design course. The top projects will be presented at the dinner, and the winning teams will receive awards.

Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Engineers Week is celebrated annually by thousands of engineers, engineering students, teachers, and leaders in government and business. The National Engineers Week consortium includes more than 100 engineering, scientific, and education societies, as well as major corporations dedicated to increasing public awareness and appreciation of engineering.

A national program, “Connecting Educators to Engineering,” targets up to 10,000 middle school teachers with a coordinated push to train engineers to directly interact with educators, provide needed learning materials, and create an online forum for educator and engineer interaction.

Contributors to local “eweek” events are the UD College of Engineering, engineering student organizations on campus, the Delaware Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the UD Bank of America Career Services Center, DCES, and Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Newark, Del.

For further information, visit the “eweek” Web page or call (302) 831-2401.

Article by Diane Kukich


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