National Engineers Week ran from February 19-25 and featured campus-wide events and competitions for people all of interests whether they were engineering majors or not. This year's version of the annual event saw over 400 Georgia Tech students participate in a wide range of events including a friendly competition between the engineering majors. Points were awarded for placing first ro second in daily competitions as well as for participation with the results being normalized for major size.
The winning major of the inaugural competition, organized by the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, was the nuclear and radiological engineering program from the George W. Woodruff School.
NRE took the top prize in the Skyscraper competition and egg drop contest and placed second in both the paper airplane contest and film canister rocket competition. Other activities included a comedy night, chalking competition, Engineers Week Fair and charity food drive.
On April 11 professor Bojan Petrovic and student Christopher Warren accepted NRE's award on behalf of their major. A plaque will be displayed in the College of Engineering in honor of their achievement and a trophy will be housed by NRE until they defend their title during next year's Engineers week.
"It's impressive that nuclear engineering, which is one of our smaller degree programs, was able to compete so well and win the competition," said Gary May, dean of the College of Engineering.
"Every year we're excited about our students participating in National Engineers Week. It's a special time of the year at Georgia Tech and as the largest producer of engineers in the country we're very happy to see so many of our students getting involved in the activities."
A national program, Engineers Week is part of many corporate and government cultures and is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus. Engineers Week 2011 celebrated a 60th anniversary (1951-2011).