Inspire and Wonder during Engineering Week at USU

It’s been known as Engineering Week for many years but this year it’s shortened to Engineers Week at Utah State University. Events kick-off Tuesday with the week-long theme Inspire – Wonder. Engineering students Erik Olson and Clint Ferrin were guests on KVNU’s For the People program last week. They said the morning kicks off with a Breakfast opener Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

Then it’s E-games, or Engineering Council games, which have featured an ongoing monthly design challenge. For this week it’s the Marshmallow Challenge which involves moving a marshmallow from one area to the next using an engineering design. Ferrin told host Jason Williams that the rules for this challenge will be announced at the time so you really have to have your creativity on the ball.

“I found as I’ve been going through this program, I’ve been receiving more and more creativity than ever before in my life. You have to create correct models of everything that you’re doing and if you don’t bad things happen.

“Your system explodes in some cases in electrical engineering. So you have to be really careful that you have a correct model of what you’re doing and then creative enough to apply principles that are very rigid that you can’t bend at all,” explained Ferrin.

Lightning Talks will be featured at 3 p.m. Tuesday featuring five speakers in one hour. Wrapping up the day is the Alumni Social at 5 p.m. Olson said for this they wanted to bring back some alumni not too far out of school to interact with current students.

“Engineering is something that Utah State is known for. Our mechanical engineering department, specifically, its reputation precedes itself. And so what we wanted to do this year (is) to give students real practical experience at networking, really how USU engineering can set them up for a meaningful and valuable career,” he said.

To see what other events are going on during the week-long schedule go to <a href=”http://engineering.usu.edu/events/engineers-week/” target=”_blank”>Engineering.usu.edu/events/engineers-week</a>.

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