Les Robertson to speak for Engineers Dinner

The lead structural engineer of the original World Trade Center, Leslie Robertson, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner celebrating National Engineers Week, February 17-23.

Leslie Robertson, P.E, C.E., S.E., D.Sc., D. Eng., will present “A Life in Structural Engineering: Tall Buildings and Even Taller Buildings” at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 21, in the Reid Campus Center on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla.

“We often take for granted that bridges we drive over, buildings we work in, water we drink, power we depend on, and planes we ride in are safe and functional,” says Larry Aamodt, dean of the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering. “The role that engineers play in these examples is often not visible and is infrequently acknowledged in the media. During engineers week we seek to increase awareness of engineering and its importance. I am excited that this year Les Robertson, noted structural engineer, will be our guest and share his engineering story with us.”

Tickets for the Engineering Dinner and Robertson’s presentation are available for $30 ($15 for students). Please call 509-527-2765 by noon on February 15 to reserve your place at this event.

Poster available to print.

ME Students win at ASME Old Guard Oral Presentation

Dustin Whipple (senior Mechanical Engineering Student, on the right in the photo) received his winning check of $500 from one of the three judges (Jeff Scott) and from the ASME student coordinator (Mike Maloof), for getting first place in the Columbia Basin Section of ASME Old Guard Oral presentation contest. His presentation was titled "A Finer Way for Spinal Distraction" and discussed his design for improving a specific back surgery (which is done about 90,000 a year in the US). His design saves people from pain, reduces hospital time, reduces stitches and reduces (significantly) $$$. Dustin's design is currently being manufactured and will be tested later this year for FDA approval. Paul Robertson received honorable mention for his project: "Design Tool for a McPherson Strut Front Suspension." -- Don Riley, ME Professor

Benton Franklin Fair - Winners

Engineering sponsored a booth at the Benton Franklin Fair this year. This was a first for WWC and was a great way to connect with the community in Tri-Cities. By balancing a metal rod on your hand for at least 10 seconds, participants would qualify for a daily $500 scholarship drawing. Winners are: Wednesday - Stephen Gilbert; Thursday- Cavan Wacker; Friday - Andrew Steele; Sat. night - Nelly Borehch.

Another big hit was telling people about the FIRST Lego League challenge that will take place April 9-10, 2006 at WWC. Teams must be formed by September 30, 2005.

IEEE Mindstorm

Thursday, January 20th, the Annual IEEE Mindstorm was held. Using the RCX programmable chip and building a toy robot by LEGO, they pushed ping-pong balls off a raised playing field. Read the complete Collegian Article, or View PDF with Picture.

Engineering Week Festivities

Thursday, February 24
NOON - ASME Egg Drop
Categories: College, High School, Middle/Grade School
Anyone is welcome to participate.
To reserve your spot, call 509-527-2765
8am-noon, 1pm-5pm Monday - Thursday; 8am-noon Friday
Entries will be taken the day of the event as well.

6:30pm - Engineering Banquet, Marcus Whitman Hotel


Jim Tighe, Chief Aerodynamicist of SpaceShipOne (Burt Rutan's aircraft that won the $10M Ansari X Prize--a competition to develop the first private, manned spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 328,000 ft twice in two weeks). Jim has been nominated for Engineer of the Year for 2004 by Design News.

Please call Renee Mackin at 509.527.2765 or email for further details.
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