E-Week 2011

March 8, 2011
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Air Force ROTC, Aviation Science, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Parks College News, Physics

Engineers Week Success at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. The 60 Anniversary of National Engineers Week at SLU focused on Innovation.

From Parks students walking on water to robotic demonstrations, Saint Louis University will offer an exciting glimpse into the world of engineering this week.

As part of National Engineers Week, Feb. 21-26, SLU’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology hosted lab experiments and other fun activities to show young people how engineering can change the world.

Monday, Feb. 21 – Admitted Parks Students explored the Parks College campus and kicked off the E-Week festivities.  Faculty members and student ambassadors took future Parks students on a tour around Parks and the Ira Inkelas Timeline.  Current parks students also conducted stimulating demonstrations in our state of the art labs.  Future Parks students experienced what it’s like to be in the cockpit of a regional jet in the college’s state-of-the-art, full-size flight simulator.

Also a student experience and activity panel was led by the current APCS President, Jessica Rozycki and featured other current Parks students that are involved in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities.  The panelists discussed their involvement in Parks events and activities and talked about their experiences in general at SLU.  At the end, the audience asked any questions they had for the students.  The panelists included:

  • Tegan Rieser for Aviation Science
  • Jesi Rozycki for Aerospace Engineering
  • Mark Reed for Mechanical Engineering
  • Sean Ehle for Physics/Engineering Physics
  • Ryan Hughes for Civil Engineering
  • Krishi Peddada for Biomedical Engineering
  • Ginny Foster for Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tues., Feb. 22 was about innovation and competition. Three teams of four competed in a day long competition to see who could find the most innovative solution to a problem that was posed at the beginning of the event. Marketing, manufacturing and start-up company experts came to consult with each team prior to their presentation. The winning team took home $600. The winning team consisted of Katlin Landers, Brian Kelly and Ted Kremer.

Wed., Feb. 23 focused on the engineering career path and obtaining a dream job. Dr. Phil Ligrani provided a presentation of the overview of graduate programs offered at Parks.  The Career Services Coordinator, Wendy LaBenne gave a presentation on how to market yourself while network, looking for a job/internship and interviewing.  She gave valuable information to students on what you need to know to give you the best chance at getting the job or internship of your dreams.  

Wednesday closed with an innovation Jobs Panel that featured representatives from a variety of engineering disciplines, discussing how to get innovative jobs, the types of jobs available and the trends that are emerging in their fields. 

Thurs., Feb. 24 was Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The college’s chapter of the Society for Women in Engineering hosted female high school students from the St. Louis area. From 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., the high school students toured the facilities and participated in engineering challenges, including Barbie Bungee Jump and the Straw Target Challenge. After that, the high schools girls, female Parks students and nearly 20 professional women from the St. Louis area attended the 2nd Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Luncheon at the Busch Student Center. Lesley Hoffarth, Director of Forest Park Forever, gave the keynote presentation during the lunch. Parks College ranks among the top 10 engineering schools with the highest percentage of female students.

Students also participated in a scavenger hunt, and searched the engineering building to answer clues related to the college’s rich heritage. A timeline spans the main hallway, highlighting 80 years of history, including Air Agency Certificate No. 1. Katlin Lander’s team won the scavenger hunt this year.

Fri., Feb. 25, The Student Innovation Competition Winners were announced.  The winners were Mark Reed a Mechanical Engineering Student, Ginny Foster an Electrical Engineering Student and Brian Kelly a Biomedical Mechanical Engineering Student.  All three winners won an entire all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Conference, to be held March 24-26, 2011 at the Westin Alexandria Hotel.  Click here to learn more about the conference.

The SEDS Rocket Exhibition took place at 4:00 p.m. outside of McDonnell Douglas Hall. The participating students launched the rockets that were built by SEDS members.

The day concluded with a special banquet, that begun at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate Eweek.  In addition to dinner, there were raffles, games and prizes, plus entertainment.  The night included a “Mr. Parks” pageant, in which students competed for the title, with categories like “dress for success” and “geek chic.” This year’s winner was Frank Kody.

Sat., Feb. 26, the department of Civil Engineering hosted the first ever Billiken BEAMS Competition at the West Pine Gym, involving the areas high school students.  This year students competed to design, construct and test the most effective bridge made out of balsa wood. 

More about Saint Louis University and Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Saint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 12,700 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit University in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, Saint Louis University has provided one-of-a-kind education, leadership and service for 190 years.

SLU’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology is the first federally certified flight school in the nation. Rooted in a tradition of hands-on learning, Parks College has earned a worldwide reputation for its aviation and aerospace engineering programs and has emerged as a leader in biomedical, electrical, mechanical and other engineering disciplines. The college added a civil engineering program in Fall 2009 to address issues in sustainability and the rebuilding of the nation’s infrastructure. It also introduced masters and doctorate programs in engineering and aviation. The college is located on the mid-town St. Louis campus, with the flight line at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Ill.

Additional Information

For photos of the event please visit To find out more about the events and what took place click here to visit the Parks Eweek website.


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