Engineers Week celebrates the innovators who shape our world

Events at CWRU began with a children’s carnival and climax with a reception Feb.22 at the InterContinental Hotel

Engineers Week is a popular tradition at the Case School of Engineering, a time for students, faculty and friends of the university to celebrate engineering and all that engineers have done for America—from the very start.


The National Society of Professional Engineers founded E-Week in 1951 and timed it to coincide with the birthday of George Washington, whom many consider the nation’s first engineer. (He was a surveyor, you’ll recall). The celebration at CWRU has two main goals:


  • to celebrate engineering achievements and the impact engineers have made on our society
  • to motivates youth to pursue careers in technical fields like science, engineering and mathematics

The campus celebration championed the youth theme early, with a children’s carnival staffed by students and packed full of engineering games and marvels for children. The Engineering Challenges Carnival drew more than 700 people to the Thwing Center Feb. 3. It was the largest turnout in the six-year history of the event.


The highlight of Engineers Week is the E-Week Reception, which unfolds Thursday Feb. 22 at the InterContinental Hotel. It’s customary for the reception to focus attention on a department within the School of Engineering. This year, the spotlight will shine upon a research institute---the Great Lakes Energy Institute--which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The institute fosters collaboration between faculty, students and private industry to find solutions to energy challenges. It’s work, which has attracted more than $100 million in research funding, helped shape the theme of the week: "Clean, green energy machine."

The reception features a keynote address by Mike Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid North America and a leading authority on the future of energy. Also that night, Tau Beta Pi will honor an outstanding faculty member with the Srinivasa P. Gutti Memorial Teaching Award.

To register for the reception, click here.

For more information on the reception, contact Kelly Hendricks, Director of Alumni Relations, at: or by phone at: 216.368.0635

Here are other events affiliated with Engineers Week at Case Western Reserve: 

Feb. 19--KSL Paper Airplane Throw:

A lot of engineering goes into a well-crafted paper airplane. Test your skill or cheer on other pilots as they compete for air time, distance and landing zone accuracy from 12:30 to 3:30 pm Monday, Feb. 19, in Adelbert Gymnasium.

Feb. 20--Trivia Night at the Jolly Scholar:

Enjoy food and drink and test your knowledge of engineering trivia from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Jolly Scholar, a brewpub in the Thwing Center.

Feb. 22-- WISER Light Bulb Drop:

It takes some innovative thinking to keep a falling lightbulb from breaking. Student teams will use provided materials to protect their bulb and compete for cash prizes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Kelvin Smith Library. Similar to an egg drop, the bulb that survives the highest fall wins.

Feb. 23—The SWE Luncheon:

Case Western Reserve's Society of Women Engineers annual Engineers Week Luncheon, sponsored by Accenture, features a keynote address by Nina Scheidegger, lead design manager for Current, Powered by GE. Networking starts at 12:30 pm Friday Feb. 23. in Ballroom B of the Tinkham Veale University Center. Make reservations here.

Feb. 24 --think[box] Inspiration Tours:

You've heard about think[box], the largest maker space on an American college campus. Now come and see it for yourself. The public is invited to tour the innovation center from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.