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2017 National Engineers Week

2017 National Engineers Week

2017 National E-Week Students
Chemical engineering students standing in front of equipment used to extract chemicals from one liquid into another are from left: Hannah Goodwin, Ahmed Hasrim, Abby Fontenot, Sterling Gill and Stephen Carrier.

(February 10, 2017) “Dream Big” is the theme of this year’s National Engineers Week held Feb. 19-25 and McNeese State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science will host several activities to celebrate this annual event.

“This year our theme encourages all students to dream big and explore how engineering can held them engage their creativity and technical know-how to transform dreams into reality,” said Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, college dean.

Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Engineers Week focuses on celebrating the contributions of engineers and bringing engineering to life for students, educators and parents, according to Kiritsis.

On Monday, Feb. 20, a community open house will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Drew Hall and the Engineering Technology Lab Building. Students of all ages, their parents and members of the community are invited to the campus to ask questions, tour state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about the engineering profession.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, more than 400 students from 19 high schools and Sowela Technical Community College will be on campus from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for an open house that includes tours and the opportunity to talk with faculty and students as well as participate in various contests of skills and aptitude for prizes.

One of the more popular contests that McNeese sponsors is the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Powered “Dragster” Car Race. The CO2 cars are self-propelled cars built by teams of students out of balsa wood and are raced two at a time on a 50-foot long track. The model cars compete for speed and first, second and third place team winners are awarded prizes.

An engineering banquet for students, faculty and practicing engineers from the community will conclude the week’s activities in the Willis Noland Conference Center on the second floor of the SEED Center Thursday, Feb. 23.

For more information, call 337-475-5857. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at