This is only a sampling of days celebrating engineers – there may be others for different countries, regions, states, and affiliations.
NSPE National Engineering Week
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020, to Saturday, February 22, 2020
Founded by National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, EWeek (February 16–22, 2020) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. (This is set to coincide with George Washington’s birthday.)
World Engineering Day
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Starting from 2020, March 4 will now be the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development as designated by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). Previously known as ‘Engineer’s Day’, the celebration was formerly observed in several countries on various dates throughout the year. The announcement was made on November 20 at the 2019 World Engineers Convention by WFEO President, Dr. Marlene Kanga. The WFEO is one of the biggest engineering collectives in the world, bringing together national engineering organizations from over 90 nations and represents around 20 million engineers worldwide. The federation was founded on March 4, 1968, making the new date for World Engineering Day an obvious choice.
MSU lab explores the mechanics of the human body
Recently, John Tolley wrote an article on the Michigan State Biomechanical Design Research Laboratory which is run by Tamara Reid Bush, Michigan Alpha ’89, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MSU. The human body is a beautiful machine. On average, 206 bones give us structure, 650 muscles give us motility, and an estimated 90,000 miles of nerves and neurons carry information throughout.
At Michigan State University, one lab is dedicated to enriching our understanding of how the human machine operates and, in particular, how devices can be designed to better serve the body.
“Here in the Biomechanical Design Research Laboratory (BDRL) at Michigan State University, we’re applying principles of mechanical engineering to the human body,” notes lab director Bush.
Tau Bates at University of Kentucky head to International Programming Contest
A team of three University of Kentucky computer science students will compete in the North America Championship 2020 in Atlanta, hosted by Georgia Tech College of Computing, on February 19-23. The North American winners continue on to compete at the International Collegiate Programming Contest finals which will be held in Moscow, in June.
The UKy-blue competitive programming team was one of the Mid-Central Regional winners at the competition held November 2, 2019. Only six schools advanced from the region.
UKy-blue team members are: Peter A. Bifone Jr., Kentucky Alpha ’20, Brendon A. Bultman, Kentucky Alpha ’22, along with teammate Tanner Willis, under the direction of Jerzy W. Jaromczyk, professor in the Department of Computer Science and director of undergraduate studies for the department, who is the team’s coach.