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Parks College to Celebrate National Engineering Week

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology has a long history of celebrating engineers and will continue that tradition with this year’s 2018 Engineers Week. This year, Engineers Week or “E Week” runs from Sunday, Feb. 18, through Saturday, Feb. 24.

Students posing during 2017's Engineers Week

Students pose at a photobooth, part of last year's Engineering Week celebration at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. Submitted photo

The week will be marked with a number of events for students, faculty, staff and the wider St. Louis community.

Week’s Events

Monday, Feb. 19

The college is hosting ‘Donuts with the Dean.’ Students are invited to kick-off E-Week with coffee and donuts with Dean Michelle Sabick, Ph.D. from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the McDonnell Douglas Hall rotunda.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Students are encouraged to polish their résumés, discuss a plan for the upcoming SLU career fair on Wednesday, Feb. 21, prepare a personal pitch or just chat with Floyd Welsh, SLU career development specialist from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the McDonnell Douglas Hall Alumni Conference Room.

Wednesday, Feb. 21
  • Activities begin with the SLU Career Fair in the Busch Student Center from noon to 4 p.m. in the Wool Ballrooms.
  • At 3:15 p.m., students can attend a special Innovation Challenge in the McDonnell Douglas rotunda. In the challenge, students form teams to compete. The winning team will walk away with $1,000. 
  • Later that day, Juanita Harris, Ph.D., director of Weapons Development and Integration for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center will speak about her experiences as an electrical and software engineer and her career in the military. Harris’s talk will begin at 6 p.m. in Carlo Auditorium, Tegeler Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Friday, Feb. 23
  • Parks College will be handing out free t-shirts to students from 10 a.m. to noon in the McDonnell Douglas Hall rotunda.
  • The college will then hold a “Traffic Bowl” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will give students an opportunity to network, snack and play transportation engineering trivia. 

In addition to all these events for current SLU students, Parks College also hosts a number of events for prospective SLU students. This year, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and Thursday, Feb. 22, the College will host more than 140 local high school girls for its annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” events. Due to the event’s popularity, the college has created a second day to accommodate all the students who want to attend.

Parks has also partnered with the SLU Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to host its annual Billiken BEAMS event. The BEAMS event is a group-based competition open to local high-school students. Teams are challenged to design, construct and test an efficient road bridge out of balsa wood.