School to celebrate National Engineers Week Feb. 15-19:

Events and contests designed to increase awareness of contributions engineers make to society are set for the third week in February, a date celebrated as National Engineers Week in the United States.

This year, to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Engineers Week ‘Discover E’ educational outreach program, the National Engineers Week Foundation is giving special recognition to engineer volunteers. More than 45,000 engineers will visit classrooms and conduct activities using materials expressly designed for the purpose. Five and a half million students and teachers are expected to take part this year.


Vanderbilt School of Engineering student organizations, Engineering Student Services, and the Dean’s Office are sponsoring a number of outreach opportunities as well as campus competitions designed to be educational and fun.

Monday, Feb. 15

High School Explorer Scouts Tour

1 to 3 p.m.,  Featheringill Hall

High School explorer scouts interested in engineering will tour the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.

Speakers:  Professors Joel Barnett and A.B. Bonds

Tour by VU Motor Sports

Egg Launch Competition

12:30 to 2:30 p.m.,   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall

Vanderbilt students have one hour to design an egg-carrying container that will be placed in a catapult. The winner will be the one whose box travels the farthest with an intact egg.

The Egg Launch will take place on Library Lawn.

Sponsored by ASCE and ASME


Tuesday, Feb. 16

E-Week in the Classroom

Vanderbilt engineering student volunteers will teach a series of fun scientific experiments at the University School of Nashville.

Sponsored by E-Council, BMES, EWB

Mr. Engineer Pageant

7 to 9 p.m.  Jacobs Auditorium, Featheringill Hall

Engineering males walk the runway and showcase their talent. Winner will be crowned Mr. Engineer!

Sponsored by SWE


Wednesday, Feb. 17

Tower Building Competition

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall

Tallest tower to hold a soda can for 10 seconds wins

Sponsored by ASME


Zome Stick Building Competition

Noon to 2 p.m.  Engineering Library/Stevenson Center

Design competition

Sponsored by Engineering & Science Library

*Cash prizes

Trivia Night

6 to 7 p.m.  Jacobs Auditorium, Featheringill Hall

Teams will form groups of four members (one must be an engineering student).

Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi


Thursday, Feb. 18

Robotics Competition

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall

Students will program Lego Mind Storm Robots to do a variety of tasks

Sponsored by IEEE


Ice Cream Social

5 to 6 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall

Sponsored by AIChE

Friday, Feb. 19

Engineering Faculty Appreciation Luncheon

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall

Sponsored by the Dean’s Office, NSBE, SWE, E-Council

Order of the Engineer

5 to 6 p.m.   Jacobs Auditorium, Featheringill Hall

Students take ethics oath & receive Engineer’s Ring

Coordinated by Engineering Student Services

LAN Party

7 p.m. to Midnight    Jacobs Auditorium, Featheringill Hall

Games: Halo 3, Super Smash Melee Brawl, Wii Sports, Rock Band, Starcraft, and Counter Strike

Sponsored by Vanderbilt Computer Society


The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday. Washington is considered as the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.