Case Engineers Council

Students passionate about engineering

 

Building an engineering community across campus. Connecting students to alumni and industry professionals. Collaborating with faculty and corporate relations through discussions, lectures, community outreach, social events and networking. Developing professional skills and mentoring others. These are just some of the activities that members of the Case Engineers Council focus on each year.

“Originally, the Case Engineers Council wanted to be an umbrella organization for all of the engineering organizations. CEC has shifted to focusing on building the engineering community by hosting events and through networking,” said Jessica Qian, a third-year biomedical engineering major from Chicago and president of the CEC.

Today the organization helps its members work on professional development and leadership skills. The CEC collaborates with university organizations, including developing a mentor/mentee program to create more unity within the club. Coordinating all the activities surrounding about a week-and-a-half dedicated to celebrating the profession of engineering, known nationally as Engineers Week, is still the primary focus of the group. CEC receives some funding from the Case Alumni Association for the event and works together with the staff to host the event and procure a keynote speaker each year.

Paul Advincula, vice president of external affairs, emphasized the value of hearing from professionals in the science field, “As a student, there is much distance between us and these influential figures in science. We don’t often get to see their failures or learn about their career path or see how the engineering community helped get them there. Learning those things from a speaker will impress upon us the value of building a community, people to work with and that it isn’t wrong to fail.”

The leaders of CEC understand the importance of interacting with alumni and industry professionals. “Our goal in CEC is to develop leaders and engineers that are well rounded. We want our students to excel in whatever industry they are in,” Jessica said. They are proud to host an event where students have the opportunity to network, get a taste for professional experiences outside of college and hear stories related to their field of study from professionals.

 

Case Alumni Association is a proud sponsor of this student group.

Photo Credit: Hilary Bovay