University of South Carolina

USC celebrates Engineers Week with fun and learning

By Jeff Stensland,, 803-777-3686

The University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing will observe National Engineers Week from Feb. 17-23 with a host of activities showcasing the marvels of engineering and computer science.

The general public is invited to join USC faculty, staff and students for a series of free campus events, which include:

• A K-12 open house on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students and parents can participate in hands-on science projects and view helicopter landings, electric cars, robots and much more. The event takes place at the Swearingen Engineering Center, 315 Main Street;

• Daily lunch-and-learn sessions featuring guest speakers and panel discussions. Topics, will include entrepreneurship, startups and engineering careers;

• Two screenings of the acclaimed energy documentary “Switch.” Screenings will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

• A panel discussion on the future of sustainable energy and the role of nuclear power at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

"Engineers Week is a great time to introduce younger students to the exciting possibilities of careers in these fields,” said Kathryn McPhail, director of communications and marketing for the College of Engineering and Computing. "The next generation of engineers and computer scientists will create innovations from computer apps to alternative fuels that will improve our lives and our world.”

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Posted: 02/14/13 @ 7:00 AM | Updated: 02/14/13 @ 8:15 AM | Permalink