The University of Miami’s Engineering Week (E-Week), which is designed to create awareness of the profession, as well as to highlight the scholarship and expertise of the University’s present and future engineers, kicked off on Friday with a Build-It event hosted by the UM chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for more than 300 high school students who visited campus to learn about the fundamental skills necessary to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields through problem-solving and creativity. Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools Alberto Carvalho delivered opening remarks.
Activities for the always popular week continue at noon on Monday, February 20, when the UM chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the honor society of electrical and computer engineers, hosts a Raspberry Pi Competition open to students from all STEM disciplines within the University. Contestants will show off their innovative prowess—from helping people with physical impairments operate everyday technology and computers to inventing wearable technology to enable better learning. The competition is a core part of UM’s ongoing work to make a difference in our community. The competition gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with engineering.
On Wednesday, February, 22, at 6:30 p.m., the UM chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will present the STEM Diversity-A Forum, a dialogue between students and UM President Julio Frenk and College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet. They will discuss the challenges in higher education and at the U in recruiting African-American and minority faculty, and establishing and nurturing a culture of belonging and progress in supporting students of color to become technology leaders. Joining President Frenk and Dean Bardet will be a panel of graduate students, as well as representatives from Black Technology Weekend.
On Thursday, February 23, at 8 a.m., the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host UM’s celebration of National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The U takes great pride in having female enrollment in engineering at 28 percent, far above the approximately 19 percent nationwide average. This event will welcome more than 150 girls from high schools in South Florida for a day of lectures, lab tours, and design activities designed to kindle their interest in the world of engineering. The forum will be held at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center ballrooms.
The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 in conjunction with the birthday of President George Washington, who is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work. For more information about E-Week visit coe.miami.edu/eweek.