MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering and its professional society student chapters will participate in a variety of
activities for annual Engineers Week, Feb. 17-20. The public is invited to attend events of special interest noted below.
On Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., students will put their competition projects on display in the lobby of the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex.
Projects will include the Florida University Competition FITSAT4 satellite, which won the 2008 university competition; the blended wing plane built by
students of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); the IEEE students’ robots from 2008 and 2009; and the concrete canoe and steel
bridge entries in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ annual conference.
At 10:30 p.m. that day, in the complex’s Room 102, representatives of Northrop Grumman Corp. will announce a generous gift to the college.
Of special visual interest on Tuesday, between 11:30 a.m. and noon behind the machine shop, students will test-fire a solid motor for a rocket they will
launch in a Huntsville, Ala. competition in April.
At 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, members of the national engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi will gather at the Olin Engineering Complex to dedicate a symbol of
their organization, the “Bent” on a monument at the main entrance. The Bent symbolizes the integrity of Tau Beta Pi.
On Friday, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Randii Wessen of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will speak in the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex,
Room 118. He is hosted by the Florida Tech chapter of the AIAA.
Also that day, that chapter will lead a paper airplane competition from 1 to 2 p.m. in Panther Plaza.
In addition, The FIRST LEGO™ League will stage its annual challenge project and robot game on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the university’s
Clemente Center for Sports and Recreation. The global program was created to get kids ages 9 to14 excited about science and technology. For more
information, visit www.flrobotics.org.
The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is
dedicated to increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in
math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers’ contributions to society. Founded in 1951 by the National
Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), it is among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts.
For more information about Engineers Week at Florida Tech, contact Gretchen Sauerman at (321) 674-6162.