National Engineers Week is Feb. 16-22 and McNeese State University’s College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics will be hosting several special activities and events to celebrate.
Begun in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Engineers Week seeks to bring engineering to life for students, educators and parents through special activities and by raising awareness about the contributions of engineers.
On Monday, Feb. 17, McNeese will hold a special open house for students of all ages, their parents and members of the community from 6-8 p.m. in the Engineering Technology Lab Building next to Drew Hall. Attendees will be able to tour McNeese’s facilities and learn more about the engineering profession.
On Tuesday, Feb. 18, approximately 400 students from 19 area high schools and one middle school will have the chance to get up close and personal with McNeese’s engineering degree programs at a special open house from 8:30 a.m.– noon on campus. Students will tour McNeese’s state-of-the-art facilities, as well as talk to faculty and students and participate in various skill contests for prizes. Current engineering students will also be on hand to offer project demonstrations in the areas of civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering.
This year sees the return of the popular Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Powered “Dragster” Car Race. Teams of students build balsa wood cars self-propelled by CO2 canisters and then race them against each other on a 50-foot track. First, second and third place winners will receive a special prize.
The week’s activities conclude Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with an engineering banquet held to recognize outstanding students, faculty and current engineers from the community in the Cowboy Club.
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