WWC honors National Engineers Week

with annual egg drop and dinner lecture

By: Kristi Spurgeon

The Edward F. Cross School of Engineering at Walla Walla College invites you to join in several events celebrating National Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25.

Engineers Week Dinner and Lecture
Engineers Week at WWC will culminate with a dinner lecture Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Reid Campus Center on the Whitman College Campus. Bob Colwell, an Intel Pentium architect and Intel Fellow, will present “Engineering Lessons From Everywhere,” explaining how to learn from other’s mistakes when applying risk to engineering design.

Colwell was one of Intel's chief microprocessor architects for many years. He was named an Intel Fellow in 1996, and in 2005 he received the Eckert-Mauchly award, the highest honor in the field of computer architecture, for “outstanding achievements in the design and implementation of industry-changing micro architectures, and for significant contributions to the RISC/CISC architecture debate.” Colwell has published many technical papers and journal articles, in inventor or co-inventor on 40 patents, and has participated in numerous panel sessions and invited talks. He is the Perspectives editor for the IEEE Computer Magazine and wrote the At Random column from 2002-05. His book, “The Pentium Chronicles: The People, Passion, and Politics Behind the Landmark Chips,” has just been published by the Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press. Colwell is currently an independent consultant.

For more information or to reserve a spot at the dinner lecture, contact Renee Mackin at 527-2765.

Egg Drop Competition
Walla Walla College will hold its 26th annual egg drop competition Thursday, Feb. 23 at noon. The students’ goal in the competition is to create a device with the lightest weight, the least number of parts, and most accurate drop to a target that will protect a large chicken egg when it is dropped. Students will launch their entries from the north wall of the Kretschmar building, hoping to hit the official ASME 12-inch frying pan target zone placed 35 feet below.

This year WWC students will be joined by the winners of a number of local high school and middle school egg drop competitions.

The best place to view the event is the Kretschmar lawn, between that building and Bowers Hall.

The School of Engineering was founded in 1947. Students receiving an accredited engineering degree can concentrate in the areas of civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering. Bioengineering is also offered through an interdisciplinary program with the biology department.

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