The University of Utah will observe National Engineering Week, Feb. 19-23, with lectures on computer visualization, engineering design, engineering innovations and public tours of College of Engineering research laboratories.
Stephen C. Jacobsen, an inventor in the field of robotics, microelectromechanical systems and biomedical devices, will address the Engineers Week Banquet, Saturday, Feb. 23. He will speak "On Turning Ideas Into Reality" at 7 p.m. in the University Park Hotel.Jacobsen is professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Engineering Design. As the inventor of the Utah Artificial Arm and microelectromechanical devices, Jacobsen will discuss the process of taking a project from concept to commercial development.
Engineering students from the U.,Brigham Young University, Utah State University and Weber State University will attend the banquet, sponsored by the Utah Engineers Council.
At the banquet, the council will announce its selections for engineer of the year, engineering educator of the year, scholarship recipients and proficient high school mathematics students.
U. engineering students will hold six design contests during the week, beginning with the "Fish Blitz" on Feb. 19 on the first floor of the Merrill Engineering Building. The other contests are the "Egg Drop" on the southwest stairwell of MEB on Feb. 20; the "Straw Tower" construction on the first floor of MEB and the programming contest in 224 EMCB on Feb. 21; and "Toothpick Bridge" construction in 1176 MEB, and the "Sailboat Race on the first floor of MEB on Feb. 22. All the contests are scheduled for noon, except the Programming Contest at 4 p.m.
The various academic departments in the College of Engineering plan public tours and demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week. Posters will also be displayed in MEB.
Jamie Painter of the computer science department will present a seminar on "Computer Graphics" Imaging for Scientific Visualization and Design" Tuesday at 7 p.m. in 102 Engineering and Mines Classroom Building.
IBM recently awarded a $1.8 million grant to establish a computer visualization program at the U., BYU and USU. Visualization involves a researcher's use of computer to simulate physical processes. It also allows scientists to turn mountains of numbers into advanced graphics.
Magdy F. Iskander, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Engineering Clinic Program, will lecture on "Innovation in Engineering Education at the University of Utah" at 7 p.m. in 102 EMCB. The seminars are free and open to the public.
Iskander also directs the new national Center for Computer Applications in Electromagnetics Education. The center was established to help students better understand the complex field of eletromagnetics, an important component of the fields of electrical engineering and physics.