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McNeese to hold open houses for National E-Week

McNeese to hold open houses for National E-Week


McNeese State University chemical engineering seniors (from left) John Istre, Jennings, Megan Landry, Lake Charles, Amanda Donayre, Lima, Peru, and Charmaine Gobert, Lake Charles, display a heat exchanger that will be used to demonstrate some of the properties of heat transfer during open houses on campus Feb. 25-26 for National Engineers Week.

(February 21, 2013) This year's National Engineers Week theme-Celebrate Awesome-is a call to celebrate the people in the profession and all they do. 

Engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design and build things that matter, according to Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the McNeese State University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. 

"They are team players with independent minds who turn ideas into reality. By dreaming up creative and practical solutions, engineers are changing the world all the time," said Kiritsis.

To let the community and area high school students know that "engineers are awesome," McNeese's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology will host open houses for the community and for high school juniors and seniors as part of National Engineers Week 2013 Feb. 25-26. 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 engineering technology disciplines. 

On Monday, Feb. 25, 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 Kiritsis.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, more than 350 students from 14 high schools in Louisiana and Texas will attend an open house from 8:30 a.m.-2 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 prizes," said Kiritsis.

McNeese once again is sponsoring the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Powered "Dragster" Car Race for the visiting high schools. The CO2 cars are self-propelled cars built out of balsa wood and are raced two at a time on a 30-foot long track. The model cars will be competing in two categories--speed and artistic design. First, second and third place team winners in both categories will be awarded prizes. Each team includes three students.

For more information, call Kiritsis at 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