FAU to Celebrate National Engineers Week

(Photo by Alex Dolce)

By kelsie weekes | 2/14/2018

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science will celebrate “Engineers Week 2018: Engineering Reality, From Imagination to Realization” from Monday, Feb. 19 to Friday, Feb. 23. The annual week of events is designed to increase awareness of the engineering profession and recognize the contributions engineers make to society.

All events will take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:

The Amazing Engineering Race
Monday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon
Engineering East

Teams of up to four students will complete engineering challenges, solve clues and race to the finish line.

Engineers’ Week Kick-Off Event
Monday, Feb. 19 from noon to 2 p.m.
In Front of Engineering East

Join us for the kick-off event, featuring food stations, music, student organization tables and a hybrid motor demonstration by the FAU Technology Aerospace Club.

Lunch & Learn: Engineering for Crisis
Tuesday, Feb. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Engineering East, The Cube

Everyone needs water to live, but too much or too little can lead to a crisis. Fred Bloetscher, Ph.D., professor in the FAU Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, will discuss Florida’s hurricane history and the evolution of engineering in Florida. Elizabeth McElroy, director of emergency management and safety for the South Florida Water Management District, will discuss how Florida proactively braces for hurricane impact to mitigate destruction. Frederick C. Schilling, vice president of Plumbers Without Borders, will discuss how students and professionals can volunteer to help get water to people in areas with poor infrastructure. The lunch is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers Palm Beach Branch.

AutoCAD Puzzle Competition
Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Engineering East, The Cube

Try your hand at solving an AutoCAD puzzle. There will be puzzles for those who have taken an AutoCAD course before and for those who have not.

Build a Rocket Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Engineering East, The Cube

Learn how to build a rocket with members of the Technology Aerospace Club.

Intel Information Session
Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Engineering East, Room 106

Find out about employment opportunities with Intel.

SAE Balloon-Powered Car Challenge
Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Engineering East, The Cube

Teams of up to three people build and race a balloon-powered car. Teams are judged on distance, straight line and design.

FAU Career Expo
Wednesday, Feb. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
Recreation & Fitness Center

Dress professionally and bring several copies of your resumé as you network with potential employers. The event is sponsored by the FAU Career Center.

Lunch & Learn: Power and Debris Management During and After a Natural Disaster
Wednesday, Feb. 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Engineering East, The Cube

Amir Abtahi, Ph.D., associate professor in the FAU Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, will lead a panel of experts in a discussion about the procedures and plans put in place during a natural disaster and what we can do to minimize these disruptions. Lunch is sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computer Science and Cannoli Kitchen.

Microsoft Mixed Reality Immersive Experience
Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Royal Palm Room, Student Union

Participants will learn the technical differences between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, how these devices are currently being used and why they have the potential to revolutionize education.

Human-Powered Submarine “Build a Boat” Competition
Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Recreation and Fitness Center Pool

Students will work in teams of two to build a boat made out of Ziploc bags, duct tape and PVC pipe, and race them across the pool without using one’s hands or feet. Teams are judged on speed and design.

Learn & Explore: Web Accessibility for the Visually Impaired
Thursday, Feb. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Engineering East, The Cube

Shihong Huang, Ph.D., a professor in the FAU Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will explain how certain software makes it possible for those who are visually impaired to search the internet and complete programming tasks. A competition using this software will follow.

Lunch & Learn: Civic Hacking for Florida’s Future
Thursday, Feb. 22 from noon to 1 p.m.
Engineering East, The Cube

Learn about “Code for Fort Lauderdale,” a group of idea-makers, designers, citizen-leaders, developers and data geeks who volunteer to help the Fort Lauderdale government and civic organizations adopt open web technologies. Lunch is sponsored by Publix.

IoT Hardware Hackathon Presentations
Thursday, Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Engineering East, The Cube

Student teams who have been participating in an 18-hour Hackathon will present their project to a panel of judges. The event is sponsored by Stryker, IBM Watson, IEEE Palm Beach Section and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

From Zero to Hero: Learn How to Build and Host a Dynamic Website
Thursday, Feb. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Engineering East, Room 213

During this two-part workshop, participants will first learn how to build a website from the ground up, followed by a lesson on web hosting, domain services and Amazon Web Services.

HPCC Systems Meetup: Why the Language Rocks Big Data
Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Engineering East, Room 106

Learn about the power statements behind the Enterprise Control Language (ECL) that is used to solve Big Data problems and work with new Big Data products. The meetup will feature Bob Foreman, senior software engineer with LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

3MT Presentations
Friday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
Engineering East, The Cube

This competition challenges participants to explain their research findings in three minutes or less to an audience with no background in their subject area.

Study Abroad Information Session
Friday, Feb. 23 from noon to 1 p.m.
Engineering East, Room 207

Learn about study abroad opportunities available to engineering and computer science students.

Engineers Got Talent
Friday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Burrow, Student Union

Students, faculty and staff from the College of Engineering and Computer Science are invited to attend and participate in a talent show. Award categories include Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice.


For more information, visit http://s.fau.edu/eweek2018