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MSU celebrates National Engineers Week with events Feb. 16-24

Michigan State University will join with peers around the country for the National Engineers Week celebration of “Invent Amazing” from Feb. 16-24.

“E-Week celebrates how engineers make a difference in our world, so all week the College of Engineering will host professional, career and celebratory events to honor engineering education and experiences,” said Garth Motschenbacher, director of employer relations in the College of Engineering.

One of the biggest E-Week changes this year is at the Engineering Expo, which will offer eight industry sessions over two days. All majors are invited to come to find internships, co-ops and full-time employment, while networking with professional engineers and Spartan alumni. 

“We are showcasing types of work that engineers do as they progress through their academic experience,” Motschenbacher said. “We’re trying to get students to focus on industry sectors since job prospects are as good as ever.”

MSU E-Week 2019 is sponsored by the Engineering Society of Detroit, Norfolk Southern and ZF. 

The scheduled events are:

Saturday, Feb. 16

“Introduce a Girl to Engineering,” 12 to 4 p.m. (registration is now filled), at the Engineering building and Anthony Hall. More than 500 students in fourth through eighth grades will explore science and engineering through fun, supervised activities.

Sunday, Feb. 17
“Spartan Engineering Day,” 12 to 4 p.m. at Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing. Student engineering organizations provide hands-on demonstrations on engineering principles and solutions. The event is hosted by the Student Engineering Council.

Monday, Feb. 18
“Celebrate Engineering Luncheon,” beginning at noon, will take place in the Engineering Building Lobby. Sponsored by General Motors, the luncheon offers pizza to engineering students.

“Spartan 300 Race for a Cause,” 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilson Hall room C108. Engineering student organizations race NASCAR-inspired Hot Wheels cars on a 10-foot track. 

Tuesday, Feb.19
Engineering Expo – Day 1, E-Week’s Career Fair, Engineering Building. Display tables with company representatives will be in the 200 and 300 wings on the first and third floors of the Engineering Building. MSU Engineering will host more than 170 companies during the two Engineering Expo Days, which is now “sold out” for company participation.

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:beverage and food industries, consumer packaged goods and textiles 
  • 12 to 2 p.m.:biomedical and biopharmaceutical, energy and biochemical 
  • 3 to 5 p.m.:civil and environmental companies and construction 
  • 4 to 6 p.m.:computing/IT, fintech, entertainment and consulting 

Thursday, Feb. 21
Engineering Expo – Day 2, E-Week’s Career Fair, Engineering Building.

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:supply chain, tech sales, packaging and graduate schools 
  • 12 to 2 p.m.:manufacturing and others 
  • 3 to 5 p.m.:aerospace, aviation and defense 
  • 4 to 6 p.m.:automotive, mobility, transportation 

Friday, Feb. 22
“2019 CHEMS Symposium Day,” 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brody Square. Featured presentations include innovative research from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. 

Saturday, Feb. 23 
8 to 11 p.m. Tinker Fair, International Center

Sunday, Feb. 24
2019 Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship,”9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Jenison Field House. Five hundred high school students on 72 teams will vie for a trip to VEX World Championships in Kentucky, April 24-27. This year’s game, VEX Turning Point, uses caps, flags, three-inch balls and three platforms to score points during timed contests. 

By: Patricia Mroczek