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Saturday, August 2, 2014

National Engineers Week Begins

Natl EweekYesterday, National Engineers Week began in earnest, honoring those who apply the knowledge of science and math to build the world around us. Through Feb. 27, engineers and organizations around the country will recognize engineering and help introduce it to future generations. Here are a couple of announcements related to events taking place around the country this week:

The Houston Engineers Week Committee will be honoring local students who competed in engineering competitions as well as an area-based professional at the Engineer of the Year awards banquet, the Houston Chronicle reports:

“Our purpose is to recognize outstanding engineering students from Prairie View A&M, Rice and the University of Houston; commend young engineers from various technical and professional societies; and honor the Houston-area engineer who has a distinguished record of service to the engineering profession,” said Andrea Ranft, Event Committee chair and senior project manager for TSC Engineering.

The University of South Carolina (USC) will be hosting public events all week, including talks and film screenings, according to Charleston, S.C., NBC affiliate WCBD:

The University of South Carolina is celebrating national “Engineers Week” with activities including daily speakers, workshops and displays of electric cars, robots and sustainable energy projects.

Yale Daily News reports that Yale University events include a special networking event for students to meet employers:

On Wednesday evening, the [Omni New Haven Hotel] will host the first-ever Engineering Networking Night with representatives from companies including Sikorsky Aircraft, Texas Instruments and the Department of Defense.

Tomorrow evening in Daytona Beach, Fla., a NASA engineer will present at Embry-Riddle a lecture about the landing of the space rover Mars Curiosity, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

[NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory associate chief technologist Fred Hadaegh]‘s talk, titled “The Recent Landing on Mars and Seven Minutes of Terror,” will take the audience through all phases of the Mars Curiosity rover’s long journey to the red planet, in particular the last minutes of the entry, descent and landing stage.

To find out about other exciting Engineers Week talks, social events, and meet and greets, check out the event’s website.

–Brian Lane

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