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University of Miami Celebrates the Contributions Engineers Make Everyday

University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet has often said “engineering is about helping others, connecting and making a positive difference in the world. Engineers transform lives.”

The 2018 Engineers Week (EWeek), held from February 19-24, proved his point! EWeek began with students from the UM chapters of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and the Florida Water Environmental Association (FWEA) working together on a coastal clean-up that removed more than 200 pounds of garbage from Biscayne National Park, a U.S. National Park that encompasses the coral reefs, islands and shoreline mangrove forests of the northern Florida Keys.

During the week students refined their professional skills at events including the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) diversity picnic and the Spring Career Fair. That same evening a Biomedical Industry Night, organized by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), brought alumni and entrepreneurs to campus to share tips and advice to eager students about life after graduation. Students recruited by leading technology firms were given solid suggestions by Facebook recruiters on how to crush a coding interview-luckily the recruiter also was a UM Engineering alumnus so he knew just what to say to those following in his footsteps.

Outreach to pre-college students also is a proud tradition at UMCoE and this year was no exception. Hosted at UM for the first time, the Science Olympiad helped inspire high school’s future engineers and scientists. National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, hosted by the UM chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), welcomed more than 200 young high school women interested in STEM to campus where they toured the UM College of Engineering – Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory, heard from a student panel about how to get into college and be successful, and listened to Cynthia Gundersen, president of AMU Engineering a mechanical design and analysis support for the aerospace industry, talk about life as a woman engineer.

Engineers also learn the importance of cooperation and camaraderie, nurtured during the long nights of studying and hard work on projects, so a movie break was a natural fit for the week—Back to The Future beamed onto a giant screen in front of Richter Library. Of course no EWeek is complete without the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB) Involvement Fair so once students signed up for information about clubs they happily joined their classmates in the bounce house.

The week ended with hosting the national conference for Pi Tau Sigma, an international honor society for mechanical engineers. More than 200 students from around the country listened to advice from Yvonne Cagle, MD, a NASA astronaut and family physician, about her career path life – working at NASA, her success as an engineer entrepreneur and how she has balanced professional and personal goals in her life.

EWeek 2018 once again demonstrated how engineers add value to the world, by reaching out to help others, by continually learning how to be better professionals and by taking time to enjoy the moments that create lasting memories of life at the U. It’s great to be a Miami Hurricane and engineers wouldn’t have it any other way!

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