Engineers Recruit and Celebrate During E-Week 2004

March 20, 2004

Frank Rogers, <i>Hullabaloo</i> contributing writer

The Engineering Student Council ended their annual installment of Engineering Week yesterday, culminating a week of food and events highlighting various aspects of the School of Engineering. "Engineering Week brings unity among the individual engineering disciplines," ESC President Joey Wignarajah said.

The ESC accomplishes this goal by hosting events such as the Tulane University Robotic Battle Olympics competition, an auction and free meals. During this year's Engineering Week, the ESC held several new events. Representatives from the International Game Developers' Association visited Tulane and gave a showcase about their organization Friday.

Today, the ESC will also participate in a Habitat for Humanity volunteer project for the first time with the Tulane chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. Aside from these new additions, the ESC held their traditional Engineering Week events. Throughout the week, students attended morning coffee and doughnut sessions, two pizza lunches and an address from professor of mechanical engineering Dr. Calvin Mackie on "Achieving Personal Greatness."

The Biomechanical Engineering Society held a bone marrow drive Monday, and the National Society of Black Engineers gave a tour of campus to prospective engineering students and arranged for them to attend classes during the day. On Friday, there was a faculty auction at 4 p.m., at which students bid on prizes that engineering school faculty donated, an all-day crawfish boil and the TURBO competition.

This "Battle Bots"-style game featureed destructive remote-controlled robots that battled each other one-on-one to the music of a live disc jockey. Most involved with the planning of the events said the ESC tried to increase the number of fun events held this year, citing these events as vital to the success of the programming and the possible effect it may have on recruiting future Tulane engineering students.

"We want more and more people to be aware of engineering through these events," ESC Sophomore Representative Robert Dolin said, "since we do most of our recruiting during Engineering Week."

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