Here’s a look back at Engineers’ Week 2018:
The College of Engineering kicked off its 115th annual Engineers’ Week celebration with the traditional Dome Lighting. Kent Bredenhoeft, a 1989 Mizzou Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering alumnus, was the honorary switch thrower. He, Dean Elizabeth Loboa and Chancellor Alexander Cartwright started E-Week off right by flipping the switch to turn the dome of Jesse Hall green!
Despite cold and snowy weekend conditions, E-Week goers participated in some of the week’s annual events: The Road Rally and the E-Week 5K/10K race, which raised money for Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity.
On Monday, students, faculty, staff and friends turned out for the Hot Dog Banquet. At the banquet, the College announced the winners of its Engineering Showdown food drive, which collected 750 meals for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers took home the top prize, collecting 392 pounds of food. The National Society of Black Engineers (293 pounds) and the Mizzou Engineering Student Council (171 pounds) were second and third, respectively. The event was organized by Zandria Johnson and the Office of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives.
E-Week organizers teamed up with the College of Engineering on Wednesday to kick off Mizzou’s second annual Mizzou Giving Day, which raised $13.7 million for the University, with nearly $1 million going to the College. The event lasted 24 hours, ending at noon on Thursday.
The College hosted several groups of area elementary, middle and high school students at the annual Open House and Lab Exhibits day. The visiting students got a glimpse of the many industries and projects involving all of the College’s academic programs. The Lab Day winner was Bill Ma, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for “Phase Change Heat Transfer.” The Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department and the Students’ Underwater Robotics Foundation placed second with “Candy Trail.” MAE and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science/Information Technology tied for first in the department competition, with IMSE finishing third.
Friday was the beginning of the end to E-Week, when graduation seniors and College of Engineering alumni award honorees were knighted by St. Patrick at his appearance at the 101st Knighting Ceremony – among the oldest traditions of E-Week.
Alumnus and faculty member Steve Borgelt and Professor Emeritus Dick Warder were awarded the Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering, and alumnus Luke Manier was awarded the MUEAO Citation of Merit award at the Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet, which took place following the annual Knighting Ceremony on Friday. Alumnus Ward Chambers earned the Bud Moulder Award at the ceremony, as well.
Faculty and staff also were honored at the banquet. Students from the academic programs were also honored for their achievements from the year. Learn more about the event here.
The final events of the week were held Saturday. Huber & Associates Chief Executive Officer and 1982 Mizzou Engineering alumna Elizabeth Huber gave the annual Society of Women Engineers’ Ada Wilson Lecture, named in honor of Mizzou Engineering’s first female graduate. SWE were later joined by Dean Elizabeth Loboa at the Residence on the Quad for the annual SWE Green Tea.
The St. Pat’s Ball was the final event of E-Week. Dean Loboa attended the event and crowned Jacob Coffman and Zandria Johnson as the King and Queen of E-Week.