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Contact: Christine Payton March 6, 2009
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The College of Engineering and the Student Chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will celebrate Engineering and Technology Week beginning March 9.

Events throughout the week will showcase the many aspects of engineering and technology and the contributions that professionals in these fields make to society.

The highlight of the week includes Engineering and Technology Expo Day on March 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of Madison Hall on campus. Regional high school students visit UL Lafayette during this event to view numerous displays assembled by college students in each of the College of Engineering’s departments. Expo participants will tour the various departments and have an opportunity to interact with both UL Lafayette students and faculty. This event is free and open to the public.

Other events during Engineering and Technology Week are:

Monday, March 9

• 6 p.m. – An opening ceremony will be held in Rougeou hall, room 332 and will feature College of Engineering Dean Mark Zappi. A proclamation from Parish President Joey Durel will be read, proclaiming the week as “Engineering and Technology Week.” Also, Dr. Arun Lakhotia with UL Lafayette’s Center for Advanced Computer Studies will discuss the university’s autonomous vehicles CajunBot and CajunBot II during a presentation. The vehicles each competed in challenges hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense in recent years. Dr. Geoff Gjertson with the School of Architecture and Design will discuss the university’s upcoming entry in the U.S. Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Team BeauSoleil is currently construction a totally solar home that will be transported to the Mall in Washington D.C. later this year for the competition. A question and answer session will follow both presentations.

• 7:20 p.m. – A Mystery Design contest for engineering students will be held.

Tuesday, March 10

• 2 - 3 p.m. – Graduate students will prepare posters detailing graduate research activities during as part of a competition. These will be set up in Dupre Library. The winner of the competition will receive a $300 gift certificate from the University Bookstore. Posters will remain on display through March 13.

• 5:30 - 8 p.m. – Undergraduates in engineering will have their own competition in Rougeou Hall, room 324. Six students will compete as finalists in a technical paper contest with each presenting before a panel of judges. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Wednesday, March 11

• 8 a.m. Engineering and Technology Expo Day

• 6 – 8 p.m. – A quiz bowl competition will be held for engineering and technology students. Questions will be submitted by faculty members. This event is open to the public.

Thursday, March 12

• 6 p.m. – Dr. Jeffery Holland, deputy director with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center will give a presentation on ERDC’s unique research capabilities. He will also discuss the Center’s distinction as the “Army Large Research Laboratory of the Year” for 10 of the last 19 years. His talk will be following by a question and answer session. This event is open to the public.

Friday, March 13

• 6 p.m. – An Engineering and Technology Banquet will be held at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette with Thomas Chance of C&C Technologies serving as the speaker. Awards will be presented to students as well. Tickets are $12 for students and $20 for others. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from the Student Professional Society or by contacting the Dean’s office at (337) 482-6685.


Document last revised Friday, March 6, 2009 11:24 AM

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