Build an iPhone app, design a Rube Goldberg contraption on Engineering Day Nov. 8

VandyMobile, a student-led apps team, will help students take a napkin-sketch idea to the Apple App Store or somewhere in between during Engineering Day Nov. 8.

The app building seminar is one of four activities in Featheringill Hall to celebrate E-Day. “We want to provide engineering students the opportunity to have some fun, socialize and meet the new dean of the School of Engineering,” said Zach Roth, president of the Engineering Council. E-Council is sponsoring the Nov. 8 event.

Hosted by VandyMobile, the one-hour app seminar begins at 12:15 p.m. in Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall. Programming experience is recommended but not required. Free lunch from Chipotle is available.

A Rube Goldberg machine

Rube Goldberg contests with prizes begin at 3:30 in the atrium. Contests run every 30 minutes until 5:50. Hosts are the student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society and Theta Tau professional engineering society.

Rube Goldberg was an engineer and a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. A Rube Goldberg contraption means designing a complex gadget that performs a simple task in convoluted ways.

The Rube Goldberg machine is a cult icon across America and there are several national competitions where contestants design and build the most convoluted machine possible.


A reception at 5:30 precedes a presentation by Philippe Fauchet, the new dean of the School of Engineering. Fauchet was named dean July 1.

Fauchet’s talk – “A New Dean, A New Vision: How a VU Engineering Education Enables You To Conquer (the World) and Prevail (in lots of other things, too)” – begins at 6 in Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium. A dinner catered by Maggiano’s is at 7 in the atrium.

Wrapping up E-Day activities, Trivia Night begins at 8 in Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium. Prizes will be awarded. Knovel and Tau Beta Pi are Trivia Night hosts.

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