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Students Celebrate E-Week

Engineers may be known for excelling in math and science, but students at the Cockrell School of Engineering are proving they also have superior dancing skills and pie-eating abilities.

This week, students are participating in a wide array of quirky activities in celebration of National Engineers Week. The weeklong friendly competition, known as E-Week at the Cockrell School, is meant to demonstrate the vital role of engineers in society. The event, which continues through Feb. 25, is free, open to the public and uses humor, colorful visuals and — at times — amazingly creative and complex competitions to celebrate National Engineers Week, a nationwide event that runs concurrently.

View a full list of E-Week events online.

The national event was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers to increase public awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession and its contributions to society. This year marks the event's 60th anniversary.

"The goal of E-Week is to celebrate our profession, but the scope of most of the events we do on campus revolves around getting engineers to mingle with other engineers from different majors and organizations, so that we can enhance the overall community feeling at the Cockrell School," said Ed Panuska, a civil engineering senior and member-at-large of the Cockrell School's Student Engineering Council, which organizes E-Week.

Additionally, seven undergraduate students and two doctoral students were honored at the Cockrell School's annual Student Leadership Awards in Engineering ceremony Feb. 21. The students are recognized for exhibiting professional leadership roles in the Cockrell School, and one student is presented the Marvin Wright Engineering Athlete Award. Read more about the award recipients.