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Drexel Celebrates 2011 Engineers Week

March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011 Drexel University’s College of Engineering celebrated National Engineers Week with a series of events February 21-25, 2011. The nationally recognized celebration raises public awareness of engineers’ indispensible contributions to all aspects of life.

The week kicked off with the Egg Drop Competition, which challenged students to create a contraption made of recyclable materials that would protect an egg from the impact of a 31-foot drop down a steel cable and into a barricade. Competing in the Egg Drop Competition along with engineering students were more than 100 junior Girl Scouts who were part of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, another event held to introduce girls to engineering and possible career options available to them.

“We were excited to enable the girls to compete in the Egg Drop Competition since it is the kick off to Engineers Week and it generates so much excitement over the field,” said Joanne Ferroni, the event lead and senior director of recruitment and strategic development for the college.

“The competition, along with the other hands on activities they completed such as slime and foam and making their own lip-gloss, showed them that engineering is an interesting and viable career option,” said Ferroni.

Undergraduate and graduate engineering students were also able to look for career options at the Engineering Career Fair co-hosted with the Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC). At the Career Fair students were able to network with potential employers to find co-ops, full time jobs and general insight on what each company does.

“It is a great opportunity for students to make a good impression through a face to face conversation rather than submitting their resume online,” said Rebecca Stoneberger, event lead and employer services coordinator in SCDC.

Additional events throughout the week included the Alumni Connections Panel and a Drexel Men’s Basketball game with the CoEAA. To culminate the week, students, faculty, staff, alumni and industry leaders honored 2011 Engineering Leader of the Year, Norman Augustine at the Engineering Leader of the Year Dinner and Awards Ceremony at The Rittenhouse Hotel. Augustine is the former President and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, and the author of Augustine’s Laws and Augustine’s Travels.

“The Dinner was a great success thanks to our sponsors and allowed us to create, for the first time, the Norman R. Augustine Scholarship Fund to give financial aid to students in need. We look forward to honoring a new worthy leader in engineering next year and fostering awareness for all engineers’ achievements,” said Dr. Bruce Eisenstein, interim dean of CoE.