Posted February 17, 2011 Atlanta, GA
Lisa Grovenstein, 404-894-8835
Paying tribute to our engineering heritage
With the nation’s largest
engineering program, Georgia Tech is joining in the celebration of National
Engineers Week Feb. 20-26. The 60th annual observance is designed to celebrate the
achievements, opportunities and ambitions of the engineering community.
Established by state law in 1885, Georgia Tech remains the only public institution in Georgia to offer a comprehensive array of engineering degrees spanning from aerospace to biomedical engineering. The College of Engineering ranks among the top four engineering graduate schools in the nation, according to the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition, nearly all of Georgia Tech’s undergraduate and graduate engineering programs rank in the top ten with the Industrial and Systems Engineering degree program ranking number one for the past 19 consecutive years.
As one of the most highly respected engineering universities in the world, Georgia Tech will be hosting a variety of activities and events in observance of National Engineers Week.
Tau Beta Pi, Georgia Tech’s engineering honor society, is organizing the following events:
Humpty Dumpty Egg Drop: 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Students are invited to design a device to keep an egg safe in a drop from the stairs of Bobby Dodd Stadium to Calloway Plaza below.
Engineering Movie Night: 8 p.m. The original Tron movie will be shown in the Student Success Center’s Clary Theater. (Free popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.)
Rubik’s Cube Contest: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Participants will be given three opportunities to solve a Rubik’s Cube in a record amount of time. Each attempt to solve the cube will be timed, and the lowest time will be recorded for competition.
Build-A-Thon: 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Teams of up to four members will bring at least 15 cans to build a unique structure entirely out of canned food. All canned goods will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank after the competition. Construction will take place on the Student Instructional Center lawn sidewalk.
Engineering Exposition: 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Honor societies, professional societies, research groups and other organizations will present creative demonstrations on the Student Instructional Center lawn sidewalk.
Contest: Noon -3:30 p.m.
Students construct skyscrapers out of marshmallows, skewers and toothpicks with the tallest and strongest garnering top honors.
Dodgeball Tournament: 10:00 a.m.
Sixteen teams will play in this single-elimination tournament, which will take place in the North Avenue Gymnasium.
Comedy Night: 8:00 p.m -9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an admission-free show by a comedian from the Punchline. The event will take place in Midtown Theater, the small circular stage outside of Burdell’s in the Student Center.
The week will culminate with the recognition of engineering achievements at the annual Georgia Engineering Alliance’s Awards Banquet planned for Feb. 26 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
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The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.