Engineers Week exhibits the fun side of science

If you’ve noticed random eggs dropping out of the sky or students playing laser tag in Kogan Plaza, don’t be alarmed. These are just some of the events celebrating Engineers Week at GW.

The annual event highlights the work and research of students and faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Senior Murrad Kazalbash, a biomedical engineering major and vice president of the Engineers’ Council, said this year’s “E-Week” is a little different from years’ past.

“We tried to focus on activities that nonengineers might be interested in,” Kazalbash said.

This year also marks the 125-year anniversary of SEAS. The week’s organizers decided to make the events around E-Week as inclusive as possible, Kazalbash said.

“The engineering school is known as ‘that school on 23rd Street,’ ” he said. “No one ever really goes there if you’re not an engineer. But to the engineers, Tompkins is like a second home.” Kazalbash said he hoped the week’s events might change how people viewed the engineering school.

“So our thought was: ‘We’re normal kids, too. We’re not the dorky kind of engineers that you might see on TV.’ So why not bring what we have and what we’ve learned and show it to everyone?”

Some of the activities throughout the week include a paper airplane contest held by the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, a Starcraft video tournament by the Association for Computing Machinery and a “penny boats” contest by the Society of Women Engineers.

One of the highlights was the black inventors trivia contest sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers on Tuesday night at the Marvin Center. The event began with a presentation on black inventors and then broke up into small groups for the contest portion.

SEAS alumni Matthew Norris and Adam Meyers were on hand to talk about the job market and to answer any questions from the students at the “Day in the Life of an Engineer” event held at Monroe Hall on Wednesday night. Meyers called the cyber-engineering job market “thriving.” and added that his company was even having trouble filling vacant positions.

It’s not all just fun and games, though. A few of the events tackled wide-ranging and important issues like the “Medical Device Failures” panel and a presentation called “Clean Water Facts” by the Engineers without Borders.

Kazalbash encouraged students to purchase tickets for the annual Engineers’ Ball, the crowning event of the week – open to all students – on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Ave.

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