Drexel University’s College of Engineering Celebrates 9th Annual Engineers Week
December 17, 2010
Drexel University’s College of Engineering will host its 9th annual Engineers Week celebration February 21-25, 2011. The week-long series of events are held in conjunction with National Engineers Week, a formal coalition of more than 100 engineering professional and technical societies and corporations and government agencies.
Each day of Engineers Week offers a variety of exciting activities. These activities include the chance for students to participate in an annual egg drop contest where they design an environmentally- friendly device to prevent an egg from breaking when dropped from a great height; the 7th Annual Career Fair with more than 90 engineering companies present to recruit students and alumni for employment; “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” where 100 Junior Girl Scouts will be introduced to an overview of engineering through hands-on activities and the Alumni Connections Program which provides students with the opportunity to hear alumni from different engineering disciplines speak of their experiences in industry, trends and how to advance in the field.
Packed with an array of daily events, this week-long celebration culminates in a dinner to honor Drexel’s Engineering Leader of the Year, Mr. Norman Augustine. Augustine is a leader in the U.S. defense industry, retired president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation and author of Augustine’s Laws and Augustine’s Travels. The Engineering Leader of the Year award is presented annually to an engineer to recognize his or her cumulative outstanding accomplishments in the engineering field that have impacted the nation for the better.
Mr. Augustine spent nearly 20 years as an engineer at aerospace companies and serving as undersecretary of the Army in the Pentagon. He later joined the Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977. Mr. Augustine became its CEO in 1987 and then chairman in 1988, respectively, and then served as president of the Lockheed Martin Corporation upon its formation. He was subsequently CEO and chairman before his retirement in August 1997, after which he spent two years on the faculty of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He was given the National Medal of Technology by the President of the U.S. and has five times been awarded the Department of Defense's highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. Augustine holds 24 honorary degrees. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering.
For a detailed schedule of events and for more information on Engineers Week, please visit the Engineers Week website.