Both new and familiar events featured at Engineers’ Week 2010 promise to make it a fun, yet purposeful celebration. From a kick-off event that features Iowa State dance groups to the grand finale Engineering Career Fair, the E-Week committee has coordinated activities that blend professional development and social opportunities.
“We have worked hard to make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy, and we hope students get involved as much as possible,” says Lisa Nelson, E-Week publicity co-chair. Nelson is a junior in Chemical Engineering from Algona, Iowa, and has been involved in Engineer’s Week in the past serving as a design co-chair on the publicity committee. “We’ve had a lot of success in previous years, and with several new activities planned we know this will be another great year.”
This year’s theme, “Innovate. Integrate. Inspire.” emphasizes the important role engineering has within society to be innovative and integrates it with the need to inspire others to enter the profession in the future. “The Charity Ball is a good example of what E-Week is all about,” Nelson explains. “It’s a social event with proceeds going to support Minds of Tomorrow, a program that encourages young students to enter engineering and science fields.”
Highlights of E-Week 2010 include:
- ISU’s Best Dance Crew: Sept. 13 on central campus from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Intramurals (sand volleyball, ping pong, dodge ball, basketball, and broomball): Dates and times vary
- E-Week Charity Ball: Sept. 17 at the Great Hall in the Memorial Union from 7:30 p.m. to midnight
- Comedian Reggie Watts: Sept. 18 at Stephens Auditorium, doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
- Educational seminars (younger students can learn about networking and finding the right co-op or internship, and older students will learn about transitioning into the workforce and finding a full-time job): Sept. 19 in Hoover Hall from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Career Fair: Sept. 21 at the Scheman Building from noon to 6 p.m.
“Participating in events doesn’t have to take up much time, and it’s a really great way to do things you normally wouldn’t do during your day-to-day activities,” Nelson says. “You can talk to representatives from companies and do something just for fun.”
Details including a complete calendar of events are available on the E-Week website.