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National Engineers Week Scheduled at McNeese

National Engineers Week Scheduled at McNeese

Thermal imaging(March 7, 2014) One of the goals of this year's National Engineers Week is to increase public dialogue about the need for engineers in today's workforce.

With new chemical and petrochemical industries moving into Southwest Louisiana and major capital expansions underway at local plants, McNeese State University's College of Engineering is preparing engineering students who are job ready when they graduate, according to Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the McNeese College of Engineering.

To let the community and area high school students know that engineers "will make a difference" as this economic expansion develops here in Southwest Louisiana, Kiritsis said the engineering college will host two open houses March 10-11. Both events include tours of departmental and campus facilities and demonstrations of student projects in civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as computer science and technology disciplines.

On Monday, March 10, 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," he said.

On Tuesday, March 11, more than 450 students from 19 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 which prizes will be awarded," 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 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