School of Engineering Observes National Engineers’ Week

Engineers Across the Country Celebrate Engineers’ Contributions to Society

By: Hilary Nieland

Participant tosses her entry off the roof of Kretschmar Hall.

The Edward F. Cross School of Engineering will celebrate National Engineers’ Week, with an annual Engineering Dinner and Egg Drop competition on Feb. 21.

Blaine D. Leonard, will be speaking at the dinner. Leonard is a licensed engineer in Utah, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, and Colorado and was named the 2009 Utah Engineer of the Year. Leonard served as the 2010 president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, chaired or served on 17 national ASCE committees, and chaired the Task Committee to Achieve the Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025. He is currently employed as the Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Manager for the Utah Department of Transportation.

Leonard will be presenting “The Future of Engineering: A Glimpse into Challenges, Trends, and Solutions.” He states that the boundaries of engineering are being challenged by rapid advancements in science and technology. He says that “it is now clear that the complex challenges facing 21st century society will require professional engineers to advance their technical excellence and professional leadership in order to continue to protect the public and improve its quality of life.”

Leonard believes that the current required education for an engineer, a 4-year degree, will soon not be sufficient to prepare students to meet future responsibilities and requirements. He calls upon current engineering students to “stretch those boundaries and prepare for the future.”

The dinner will take place at Whitman College in the Campus Reid Center at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to anyone. The cost is $20 for students and $30 for the general public. Those who wish to attend can RSVP by calling 527-2765 by Feb. 15.

Another featured event will be the annual Egg Drop Contest at noon on Kretschmar Lawn. Participants will toss eggs off the roof of Kretschmar Hall in the hopes that their egg-safety device will protect the egg from breaking as it hits the ground.

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