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February 11, 2003

Purdue celebrates Engineering Week with contests, gifts, awards

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Theta Tau Fraternity's 21st annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Saturday (2/15) will kick off the National Engineers Week celebration at Purdue University.

The week will focus on Purdue engineering accomplishments and offer a mix of activities on campus for students, engineering societies, alumni and corporations.

Highlights of the week are as follows:

Rube Goldberg Machine contest: 11 a.m. Saturday (2/15) at the Cumberland Place Exhibition Center in West Lafayette, near the Purdue campus. Teams must build a machine that can select, crush and pitch a 12-ounce aluminum can into a recycling bin in at least 20 steps. The contest is free and open to the public.

MATHCOUNTS: 1:30 p.m. Saturday (2/15) at Stewart Center's Fowler Hall and other locations. A national math contest for middle school students. Information about the national program is available online.

Job fair for women and minorities: 2-6 p.m. Sunday (2/16) in the Purdue Memorial Union's South Ballroom. Employers represented will include Boeing Co., Caterpillar Inc., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The job fair is sponsored by Purdue's Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers for their student members.

"This is a great opportunity for students to get in touch with, and network with, some potential employers, and the fact that it's members-only is a great benefit to the students who are members of those organizations," said Elizabeth Holloway, director of Purdue's Women in Engineering Program.

Boeing Co. executive speaks on leadership: 1 p.m. Monday (2/17) in Stewart Center, Room 214 C-D. Sandra L. Postel, a Boeing Co. vice president for quality, who is active in the Society of Women Engineers, will talk about her experiences and leadership. Postel earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1975 from Purdue's School of Science.

Bust of Nikola Tesla unveiled: 2 p.m. Monday (2/17) in the atrium of the Materials and Electrical Engineering Building. Tesla, an American inventor, helped develop the practical use of alternating current, which made it possible to transmit electricity over long distances. The event will be followed by a reception.

Gift announcements: 11 a.m. Monday (2/17) in the East/West Faculty Lounge in Purdue Memorial Union. Purdue will announce its first matching gift to create academic chairs. The program stems from a $22.5 million gift from Indianapolis business and civic leader William E. Bindley and his wife, Mary Ann. The couple challenged others to match their gift to create 15 endowed chairs.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday (2/19) in Fowler Hall, Purdue will announce a gift to the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Students and alumni also will be recognized at numerous events scheduled throughout the week, culminating with the Western Society of Engineers' Chicagoland Engineering Awards Benefit on Friday (2/21) in Chicago. The society will present the 90th Washington Award to Purdue alumnus and astronaut Eugene Cernan.

CONTACT: Cindy Lawley, engineering development and alumni relations assistant director, (765) 496-6929,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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