Penn State Engineers Week: February 18 - 23 2018

Monday, February 19

Triangle Tech-Talk

6:00 p.m. | Heritage Hall (HUB) | Hosted by Triangle

  • James Millican, compliance quality manager and product safety engineer at National Instruments, will discuss engineering design considerations for meeting internal safety requirements.
  • Robert Hanna, vice president at Sonalysts, Inc., will discuss Target Ideation Development — how to focus innovation to meet users’ needs.
  • John Decker, construction supervisor engineer at WSP USA, will speak about different engineering roles, including design engineer, field engineer (safety, environmental etc.,) supervisor, and construction manager for contractors and owners.

Wing Eating Contest

7:00 p.m. | Kunkle Lounge | Hosted by Engineering Undergraduate Student Council

Come out to compete in different rounds or come to just have some tasty flavored wings. Make a group of four people and compete in a wing eating contest where you and some friends will be a part of a taste testing round, a speed round, and a lightning round.


Tuesday, February 20

How to Successfully Integrate Sustainable Fuels into the Transportation Sector—or Why I Like Ethanol

4:00 p.m. | 135 Reber | Hosted by Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

ABSTRACT: The barriers to changing the fuels of the transportation sector are diverse and significant. However, transitioning to sustainable fuels offers many benefits if fuel properties are leveraged well. Bridging the gap between fundamental studies and engineering applications is critical to maximizing the benefits and minimizing challenges of renewable fuels. Experimental results which span from fundamental combustion chemistry, to the convolution of chemistry, spray and mixing, to the impact of renewable and fossil fuel blends in engine studies are presented. The key outcomes from each study are highlighted particularly in the context of ethanol and how results are transferred to technology implementation.

PRESENTER: Margaret Wooldridge is a professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering and director of the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in from Stanford University and her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. Dr. Wooldridge’s research program spans diverse areas where high-temperature chemically reacting systems are critical, including power and propulsion systems, fuel chemistry, and synthesis methods for advanced nanostructured materials. She has received numerous awards for her research and teaching contributions including the U.S. Department of Energy Orlando Lawrence Award. She is a fellow of the ASME and of the SAE.

Design Contest

6:00 p.m. | 215 Hammond | Hosted by Society of Women Engineers

Minute to Win It

7:00 p.m. | 203 Sackett | Hosted by Bridges to Prosperity


Wednesday, February 21

Engineering Open House

11:00 a.m. | Engineering Library (325 Hammond) | Hosted by Engineering Undergraduate Council

Engineering Olympics

5:00 p.m. | Kunkle Lounge | Hosted by Tau Beta Pi

Engineering organizations will put together teams of 8-12 people and compete in a variety of games. Points will be awarded to each team based on the games. At the end, a winner will be announced and a prize will be given.

Case Competition Finalists

Time TBA | Location TBA | Hosted by Enactus


Thursday, February 22

Can Sculpture Building Contest

6:00 p.m. | Kunkle Lounge | Hosted by Engineering Undergraduate Council

Trivia Night

7:30 p.m. | Kunkle Lounge | Hosted by American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Friday, February 23

Mini Boat Building Competition

12:00 p.m. | Kunkle Lounge | Hosted by Leadership in Freshman Engineering


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