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Berks celebrates history through National Engineers Week

by Penn State Berks

Feb 12, 2020

WYOMISSING, Pa. — Penn State Berks is celebrating its history while preparing students for the future through National Engineers Week events and activities, to be held Feb. 17 to 21, 2020. Penn State Berks is the only college in Berks County to offer not one, but two nationally accredited baccalaureate degrees in engineering. Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering are both accredited by ABET, the global leader in accreditation of engineering programs. Students in both programs complete hundreds of internships, and many establish their careers in the Greater Reading area.

E-Week Events and Activities

Monday, Feb. 17, 12:15–1:15 p.m., Perkins Student Center Lion’s Den
Engineering Club Collaboration

Penn State Berks Engineers Week begins with presentations from the student chapters of engineering clubs on campus (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Entrepreneurship Club, Combat Robotics Club, Society of Women Engineers, Technology Club and Women in Science and Engineering). In addition, students who participate in FiERCE, (Futures in Engineering Role-models Can Empower) will discuss their mentorship activities. This event is open to student members of these clubs, faculty, and club advisers.

Monday, Feb. 17, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building
Celebration of Excellence in Engineering Alumni Reception
Alumni of the college’s engineering programs are invited to a special reception celebrating excellence in engineering at Penn State Berks. Attendees will be able to tour the state-of-the-art engineering labs in the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building and visit the Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center for a showcase of the college’s most significant engineering projects. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, Feb. 17, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building, Room 121
Presentation on Industry 4.0 and the Digital Design and Manufacturing Center
Terry Speicher, associate teaching professor of engineering, will give a presentation on Industry 4.0 and plans for the college’s new Digital Design and Manufacturing Center. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building Lobby
Industry Showcase

Students will have the opportunity to visit display booths, meet with representatives from local engineering companies, and discuss career opportunities in the engineering field. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff of the college.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 12:15–1:15 p.m., Gaige Technology & Business Innovation Building, Room 121
What Engineering Employers Want
Local engineering leaders will discuss what it takes for graduates to get their foot in the door and be successful in their first role as an engineer. Speakers include Richard Aulenbach, President and CEO, RPA Engineering; Khaled Bahei-Eldin, Director of Engineering, Energy Storage Systems, EnerSys; Jackie Hollenbach, Vice President of Research and Development, Teleflex, Inc.; and Dr. Lisa Peterson, President, Aftan Engineering. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff of the college.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Society of Women Engineers Visit Boeing Plant
The Penn State Berks Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers will visit the Boeing plant in Philadelphia. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. This event is open to student members of the Penn State Berks Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 12–1:30 p.m., 6–7:30 p.m. Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building
Open house of Engineering Labs

Community members and students from area high schools are invited to tour the state-of-the-art engineering labs in the Gaige Building. In addition to the tour, attendees will view a showcase of Learning Factory projects in the Gaige lobby, and a poster display on flow visualization from the college’s Fluid Discovery Lab, the only teaching fluid dynamics lab in the Penn State system.

*Students interested in attending Penn State Berks in the fall will have their admission fee waived when they attend the open house. (Students must meet requirements.)

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 to 7 pm, Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building Lobby room 121
“The Future of Electrical Engineering”
Lecture by Professor Robert Caverly, Head of the Microwave Lab at Villanova University. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Friday, Feb. 21, 1–3 p.m., Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building Lobby
Student Competition: Egg Drop

Students will compete to create, build and test a vessle to pretect an egg when dropped. The competition is open to all Penn State Berks students and the college community is invited to attend.

High School Visits
Student from local high schools will visit the college from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 20–21, to learn more about the college’s engineering degree programs. The program will begin with lunch and an overview in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room, followed by a tour of engineering laboratories in the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. The day will conclude with the high school students participating in a problem-solving activity before departing at 2 p.m.

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