Engineers Week is a classic Rutgers event! Students eagerly look forward to the events, even though they fall during midterm season. With heavy engineering curricula, many students don't find the time to interact with their fellow engineers in a non-work context. Engineers Week is a wonderful time to destress a little and share in the mutual joy of your fellow engineers.
We kick-off the week with Spirit Day, where everyone wears Rutgers gear and comes out to day-long activities in the student center. We have lots of food, giveaways, and posters to share what engineering means to you. The cornerstone of Spirit Day are Rube Goldberg competitions. Teams, often from rival societies, build elaborate machines that truly apply the skills and knowledge that engineers learn in class.
Next up is Interns Present, where students create posters and present to alumni, students, and faculty about their internship experiences. Each year we have a Distinguished Lecturer, who is an alumnus of Rutgers, who shares about how Rutgers helped them in the workforce and share advice and experiences. To provide outreach to schools who do not have a strong engineering program, we host Young Engineers Day, where students in grades 4-12 come to Rutgers and spend a day learning about engineering through activities hosted by students-organizations,
Lastly, we have Cardboard Canoe Races, where students build canoes out of duct tape and cardboard and race them in the Werblin pool. The heart of Engineers Week and my favorite event is Cardboard Canoe, where students, parents, faculty, alumni and more race or spectate. The stands are never quiet, with poster-making sessions and lots of free food and giveaways!
Two years ago, I was tasked with being Engineers Week Chair for 2017. To be completely honest, I was totally unprepared to plan a few large scale (think 500+ people) events and coordinate several more. But I made the most the most of it and learned so much along the way, as I tried to help bring together the engineering community. I enjoyed it so much that I even came back to do it again in 2018!
The reason why I and so many other engineers enjoyed Engineers Week so much, was due to the sense of shared pride and affection for engineering and the interesting ways that you can apply what you learn in class to events and programs outside of the classroom.
Overall, our Engineers Week is strong because we welcome students of any major to participate and we engage parents, alumni, and faculty as well, to truly spread the love of engineering to all. And while I won't be running E-Week this year, I still hope to see you watching the Cardboard Canoes or writing what engineering means to you on the Boards during Spirit Day!