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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell University engineering students will celebrate National Engineers Week Feb. 18-22 with colored banners and light-hearted competitions, including a Money War, to raise money to support community math, science, and engineering literacy.

One major change from previous years: The week has typically culminated with the presentation of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. This year, the award will be presented during University’s Homecoming Weekend Oct. 24-25.

"It's a great week of fun and collegial competition between the six majors in the College of Engineering," said Karen Marosi, associate dean.

Engineering credits
Among its many credits, Bucknell's engineering program is ranked seventh in the United States among engineering colleges and universities not offering doctoral degrees in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings. Also, 25 percent of the University's engineers are women.

As in previous years in the National Engineers Week celebration, students from each of the University's six engineering programs -- biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, computer science, electrical, and mechanical engineering -- will prepare bright banners to hang from the front of the Dana Engineering Building.

Among the friendly competitions in poetry, art, and a scavenger hunt, the Money War has become a favorite.

Money War
The idea is for engineers to compete by collecting as many coins as possible for positive points while giving competitors negative points by devaluing their collections with paper currency. All coins are worth positive points equivalent to their face value, while paper currency is worth their negative face value. The major with the highest point value, or least negative value, per total students and faculty in the department wins.

In 2007, the students raised more than $1,508 for the Public Library of Union County.

It is the seventh consecutive year in which Bucknell engineers are joining with engineering programs and professionals across the country to celebrate the week.

Dynamic profession
Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, it is dedicated to sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession by ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce, increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students, and promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.

Among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts, Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineering contributions to society through year-round innovative programming and celebration.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Jan. 28, 2008