2012 National Engineers Week Wrap Up

March 2, 2012

Billiken BEAMS CompetitionStudents testing the strength of their bridge in the Billiken BEAMS Competition on Saturday, February 25.

Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology hosted the 2012 National Engineers Week, February 20 – 25. The week focused on recognizing the work and contributions of engineers, as well as celebrating the college. Events included Admitted Student Day, the Innovation Challenge, a career fair, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Billiken BEAMS Competition.

More than 200 prospective students and parents visited campus for Admitted Student Day to learn about engineering and aviation programs and get immersed in the SLU environment.

Challenges and competitions were part of the week’s events, allowing current and prospective students the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities and collaborate on projects related to issues in engineering. Students competed in the Weekly Innovation Challenge at Parks College where students came together to form teams from different majors and disciplines and take part in an impromptu challenge. This event is part of the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network efforts from professor Sridhar Condoor, Ph.D.

The electrical and computer engineering department hosted the Billiken Robotics Challenge, with an emphasis on renewable energy. The civil engineering department hosted the Billiken BEAMS Competition. More than 15 teams from St. Louis area high schools competed in the bridge competition, led by Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., civil engineering faculty member. Billiken BEAMS is dedicated to building engineering awareness in metropolitan St. Louis high schools.

Career Day included a fair featuring engineering companies, allowing students to network with potential employers.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering DayDelaney Damberg speaks to local high school females February 23 in the Perre Marquette Gallery.Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting women in engineering. The Society of Women Engineering students hosted female students from local high schools. Women faculty and engineering industry members joined students for a luncheon, with speaker and alum Delaney Damberg.

The dean’s office and the Association of Parks College Students hosted the Engineering Week Banquet and Mr. Parks contest on Friday evening to conclude the weekday festivities.

Engineers Week is an annual event across the nation and Saint Louis University hosts many activities to support engineering and engage the community.

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