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McNeese Hosts Open Houses for E-Week

McNeese Hosts Open Houses for E-Week

Engineering Students at circuit system
McNeese State University engineering and computer science students will provide demonstrations for both open houses next week during National Engineers Week 2016 activities Feb. 21-27. Standing in front of the fluid circuit system are from left: Maggie Marks, Germantown, Wis., mechanical engineering junior, Zachary Roussel, DeRidder civil engineering senior, Brett Nicholson, Groves, Texas, chemical engineering senior, Casey White, Ragley mechanical engineering senior, and Luke Finley, Iowa electrical engineering senior.    

(February 18, 2016) McNeese State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is hosting open houses for the community and for high school juniors and seniors as part of National Engineers Week 2016 activities Feb. 21-27.

On Monday, Feb. 22, a community open house will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Drew Hall and the Engineering Technology Lab Building. “Interested students of all ages and their parents, as well as other community members, are invited to campus to ask questions, tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about the engineering profession,” said Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, college dean.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, almost 400 students from 13 high schools and Sowela Technical Community College will attend an open house from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. “During these tours, the visiting students can talk with McNeese faculty and students as well as participate in various contests of skills and aptitude for which prizes will be awarded,”

Both events include tours of departmental and campus facilities and project demonstrations by McNeese students in the areas of civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as students in computer science.

This year’s National Engineers Week theme  - “Engineers Make a World of Difference” - focuses on how engineers have a positive effect on everyday life.

Cars are safer, sound systems deliver better acoustics, medical tests are more accurate and computers and cell phones are a lot more fun, according to Kiritsis.
“This is an opportunity for the McNeese College of Engineering and Computer Science to let the community and area high school students know that engineers are changing the world all of the time,” said Kiritsis.

McNeese sponsors the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Powered “Dragster” Car Race for the visiting high schools each year during National E-Week. The CO2 cars are self-propelled cars built out of balsa wood and are raced two at a time on a 50-foot long track.

The model cars will be competing for speed. First, second and third place team winners will be 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. 25.
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