With a little ingenuity, and lots of spirit, Case students will stage Engineers Week activities Feb. 19-27. Here's what's happening.
There will be no mingling at an Engineers Week Reception, no strolling through poster displays, nor crowding to witness a lightbulb drop. The pandemic has stifled many of the traditional games and gatherings of Engineers Week.
Instead of despairing, students at the Case School of Engineering started innovating.
The Case Engineers Council will celebrate the engineering profession February 19 -27 with a blend of live and online events, including activities specially designed to engage alumni. The chosen theme, “A single action can cause a chain reaction,” honors chemical engineering and the can-do spirit of engineers.
“In light of the serious world events over the past year, we wanted to place an even greater emphasis on creating a brighter, more equitable future for everyone,” said Tommy Moawad, a fourth year computer science major and the president of the Case Engineers Council, which organizes E-Week activities at CWRU. The Case Alumni Association is a co-sponsor.
“Our theme allows us to highlight the recent advancements brought to us through chemical engineering,” he added, “while also reminding us of our duty as engineers to use our creations to affect positive change to society.”
Moawad heaped praise on members of the engineers council who, he said, addressed the pandemic with imagination and resolve.
“We’re under a different set of constraints this year,” he said. “It forced people to find a different level of creativity that maybe they didn’t know they had.”
Among the new and re-designed events are several that the students hope alumni will attend.
THE ENGINEERING GAME
New this year, an online game show will feature teams of students, faculty and alumni in a competition that tests their knowledge of engineering and the Case campus. Part Jeopardy, part Family Feud, The Engineering Game will be emceed by Jim Kilmer ’00, MS ’00, who is well-known at CSE for his entertaining appearances at the annual Freshman Welcome.
Members of the “Amazing Alumni” team are Professor Frank Merat ’72, MS ’75, PhD ’78; Ian Charnas ‘05; Kristina Collins ’16, MS ’19; and Prince Ghosh ’19.
Game time is 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Register HERE.
Members of the CWRU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers found a way to bring kindred spirits together for lunch with an inspiring speaker. Students who register for the annual SWE Luncheon will receive a $10 Grub Hub gift card, good for a box lunch at places like Tomlinson dining hall. They’ll tune in from their dorm rooms for a discussion with featured speaker Hang Loi ’88.
Faculty and alumni are invited to log on as well.
Loi, an inventor and top executive for 3M in Minneapolis, was recently honored by the Society of Women Engineers nationally for a pair of inventions that enhance the performance of mobile phones and TVs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology while earning a bachelor’s degree in music (piano) from CWRU and the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Loi joined 3M in 1995 as a process engineer and today is the Global Supplier Relationship Manager for its consumer electronics business.
“She showed that a woman can rise as an engineer at a major corporation,” said Grace Floring, a fourth year mechanical and aerospace engineering major and co-director of special events for the Case chapter of SWE. “We hope she can share some encouraging words.”
To Zoom in at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 26, register HERE.
The annual Engineering Challenges Carnival, organized by the Gelfand STEM Center, typically draws hundreds of school children to campus for engineering games and exhibits staffed by student volunteers. With such gatherings impossible, organizers reached out across the School of Engineering for help. Faculty and student group leaders responded.
They will host more than a dozen online workshops and activities that will span E-Week and focus on the fun of engineering.
For example, from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 25, Professor Roger Quinn will host “Robo-rally: Let’s plow!” He’ll use a Lego Mindstorms robot kit to plow an arena. Kids 10 and older will be asked to help design code and suggest changes to robot geometry.
The CSE Peer Advisors are targeting an older audience for their webinar at noon Feb. 25. They plan to share tips with middle and high school students on “What makes a successful engineering student?”
Hang Loi ’88