Ninjaneers, Rube Goldberg competition highlight 2013 E-Week activities

Engineering students at Vanderbilt University will showcase their ingenuity through a series of challenging – but fun – competitions and events held during National Engineers Week February 18-22.

In addition to spotlighting the engineering profession, the competitions and activities are designed to interest students in engineering and scientific fields.

E-Week activities include:

To kick off Vanderbilt’s E-Week activities on Monday, a daylong event invites engineering students to search for prizes hidden on campus. These ‘Ninjaneers’ must solve clues in the form of math and engineering problems to find the prizes.

The week concludes with an Order of the Engineer ceremony Friday at 5 p.m. in Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium. Before joining, students will take an oath to abide by a code of ethics. Afterward, students receive a stainless steel ring as a reminder of the oath.


Vanderbilt Story Booth
All Day, Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
What’s your story? Select videos will be featured on a special Story Booth website and other campus web and social media sites. A video will be sent to you!
Sponsored by E-Council

T-Shirt Distribution
PENCIL Foundation’s Math Partners Fundraiser
9 a.m.–4 p.m., Room 104, Featheringill Hall
Sponsored by E-Council

All Day, Vanderbilt Campus
Search for prizes using clues in the form of math/science/engineering problems
Sponsored by E-Council

High School Explorer Scouts tour VUSE
1-3 p.m. Featheringill Hall
Speaker: Professor Kane Jennings
Tour by Alternative Energy Club


Rube Goldberg Competition
3-5 p.m., Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Design a Rube Goldberg-type device that will hammer a nail
Sponsored by Theta Tau


Ice Cream Social
5-7 p.m., Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Sponsored by BMES

Trivia Night
7-8 p.m. “Jacobs Believed in Me” Auditorium, Featheringill Hall
Teams are groups of four; One member must be an engineer
Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi


Trebuchet Competition
Noon-2 p.m, Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Aim a tennis ball at a target. Accuracy counts! Prizes
Sponsored by ASME, ASCE

Speaker: Jim Stefansic, CTO, Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc.
“Image-Guided Liver Surgery: From VUSE Bench to Bedside”
How Vanderbilt engineering research led to first FDA-approved medical device in intraoperative soft tissue tracking
5-7 p.m., Room 308, Featheringill Hall
Dinner (Maggiano’s)
To attend, RSVP to
Sponsored by IEEE, E-Council


Engineering Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Adams Atrium, Featheringill Hall
Sponsored by the Dean’s Office, SHPE

Order of the Engineer
5-6 p.m. “Jacobs Believed in Me” Auditorium, Featheringill Hall
Students take ethics oath, receive Engineer’s Ring
Coordinated by Engineering Student Services

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