Engineering Week activities at Utah State University will run the gamut from a lecture on a proposed space-station design and forums on high-tech weapons to contests for vehicles powered by a few birthday candles. The public is invited to all the following events.
Discussion of high-tech weapons will continue Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. during an academic forum with several USU faculty members. The forum will be in the engineering building breezeway.Tau Beta Pi will sponsor leadership development workshops Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center.
The third annual Harold W. Ritchey Distinguished Lecture in Space Engineering will be given by Rex W. Ridenoure, mission engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab, and will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the TSC Sunburst Lounge. Ridenoure's lecture, "Modules in Space: A Design Philosophy That Enables Change," will focus on the design of a modular space station.
Also Thursday, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Sunburst Lounge, a gathering of "geeks" will compete for the honor of being named Geek of the Week. College Bowl and Calculator Races are scheduled to run from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Sunburst Lounge, while the Paper H2O Container and Egg Drop contests go on in the ballroom.
From 3:30-4:30 p.m., the contests will continue with Candle-powered Vehicles and Bridge Bursting in the Sunburst Lounge and Electro-Cannons and Mouse Trap Catapults vying for prizes in the ballroom.
Friday will wrap up the week with those selected as Distinguished Engineering Alumni giving presentations in the Eccles Conference Center from 1:30-4:30 p.m.