Fairfield University’s School of Engineering students spent this week giving the rest of campus a glimpse of some of the important – and engaging – work going on in engineering classrooms, labs and clubs.
"I am happy to see our students tackling all of these challenges with creativity, knowledge and passion. Engineers truly inspire wonder."
— Assistant Dean Marcia Arambulo Rodriguez, Fairfield University School of Engineering
Mixing offbeat activities with professional development and service-learning, the engineering school demonstrated a year-round commitment to making a difference in the world.
The week kicked off with a screening of the inspiring movie Spare Parts, based on the true story of a group of undocumented Arizona high school students who risked deportation to compete in – and win – an underwater robotics competition co-sponsored by NASA and the U.S. Navy.
On Wednesday morning, members of the group Engineers Without Borders (EWB) set up a display in the Tully to highlight the work they’re doing to bring low-cost slow sand water filters to global locations where clean water is lacking. They replicated a filter using a jar filled with candies -- the largest candies on the bottom and the smallest ones on top – and awarded the jar to the student who came closest to guessing the number of candies inside.
The next day, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) set up a photography studio in the Barone Campus Center and offered to take professional LinkedIn photographs for interested students. They also staged some fun “breaking through the barriers” photos to illustrate the work of women in engineering fields.
Thursday night, the Society of Automative Engineer's Baja team took a break from working on their 2018 buggy design to host an event in Bannow where students could stop in to build and race their own mousetrap race cars. Today, the fun continues with “Marshmallow Wars” in the lower level of the Barone where American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) members will be making mini catapults and having a distance competition.
According to bioengineering major Amy Caplan '20, this year's events boasted increased campus-wide participation, which allowed School of Engineering (SOE) students to "celebrate engineering with a lot more people!" She was happy to see so many non-engineering majors interested in the school's projects and initiatives.
SOE Assistant Dean Marcia Arambulo Rodriguez was also pleased with the enthusiastic campus response to Engineers Week. She gave credit to the student engineers who ran the events, saying "I am happy to see our students tackling all of these challenges with creativity, knowledge and passion. Engineers truly inspire wonder."
Engineers Week will conclude tonight with an induction ceremony into the Tau Beta Phi honor society for top SOE students. Membership in Tau Beta Phi is limited to the top fifth of the senior class, and the top eighth of the junior class.
The week of events was coordinated by SOE’s Professional Development Series (PDS), a comprehensive program designed to supplement the academic development of engineering students through outside-the-classroom engagement. For more information about PDS click HERE.