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News Release

March 02, 2005

U of G Celebrates National Engineering Week

As part of National Engineering Week, University of Guelph undergraduate engineering students are holding activities both on and off campus March 3 to 6.

Thursday, an interactive display will be set up in the Branion Plaza for Engineers Without Borders Day, part of National Engineering Week. This year’s theme is “Make Poverty History,” and the display will include information about combatting world poverty. The U of G Engineers Without Borders chapter will be raising money to help send student interns to work in Africa. In the past two years, the chapter has sent three interns abroad.

Saturday and Sunday, engineering students will be at the Stone Road Mall presenting a variety of hands-on activities for children. Sponsored by the Grand River chapter of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the free activities range from balloon rockets to demonstrations of mechanical arms.

The Gryphon Racing Team car will also be on hand for viewing. In 2004, the all-wheel-drive racing vehicle designed and built by U of G engineering students placed 17th overall at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition in Michigan. The international event, which is the largest prototype competition in the world, drew 129 entries. The U of G car was the first successful all-wheel-drive entry in the competition.

The theme of this year’s National Engineering Week is “Engineering: The Caring Profession.” Katherine Sorensen, liaison officer in the U of G School of Engineering, said that theme is particularly applicable to Guelph’s engineering programs because of their focus on environmental engineering, water resources engineering, biological engineering and engineering systems and computing.

Katherine Sorensen
School of Engineering
(519) 824-4120, Ext. 56986

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