February 21, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University engineering students will celebrate National Engineers Week Feb. 21-25 with banners and competitions.

"It's a great week of fun and collegial competition among the seven departments in the College of Engineering," said Karen Marosi, associate dean of engineering. "It is the 10th consecutive year in which Bucknell engineers are joining with engineering programs and professionals across the country to celebrate this national observance."

Students from each of the University's seven engineering programs — biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, computer, computer science and engineering, electrical, and mechanical engineering — will design bright banners to hang from the front of the Dana Engineering Building on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Poetry, art and a Money War
During the week, students will receive points for participating in several fun activities, including, on Thursday, Feb. 24, a cookie-eating contest, math contest or possibly a snow sculpture contest, weather permitting. Other friendly competitions include poetry, non-computer-generated art, and videos.

"A highlight of the week is a new interactive challenge," said Margot Vigeant, associate dean of engineering and associate professor of chemical engineering. The challenge includes four unique team games at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 22, and four video-enhanced live-action games that evening.

During the Money War, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23, engineers will compete by collecting as much money as possible per department for their department. The major with the highest dollar value per total students and faculty in the department wins the event.

In 2007, the students raised more than $1,508 for the Public Library of Union County; two years later, they raised nearly $2,500 for the library. In 2010 the students raised $2,530 that was donated to the Public Library of Union County and the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti.  "This year, the proceeds will benefit a charity chosen by each engineering major," said Marosi.

The week will end with a dinner Friday, Feb. 25, where winners will be announced for the Golden Hammer, the Silver Screwdriver and the Bronze Bolt.

Contact: Division of Communications

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