Event added to Berks celebration of National Engineers Week
In observation of National Engineers Week, Feb. 17–23, 2013, Penn State Berks, the premier engineering college in Berks County, has a variety of events and activities planned. The college recently added a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering to its engineering programs, which also includes a B.S. in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology. Penn State Berks is the only college in Berks County to offer degree programs in engineering, and all programs are taught in the college’s new state-of-the-art Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building.
The following event has just been added to the roster of activities.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5:45–8:00 p.m.,Registration: Room 111 (Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development), Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building
Tour of the Gaige Building and Lecture: “Nature Inspired Optimization” by Dr. Abdullah Konak, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State Berks.
This event is free and open to all professional societies and the general public, but attendees must reserve their seat by contacting Konak by phone (610-396-6310) or e-mail (email@example.com) by Feb. 18. Light dinner will be included.
Lecture: In many system design problems, engineers seek to determine the best values of the design parameters of a system such that the system performance is maximized under some constraints. Despite the advances in computer technologies, it is still impractical to determine the best system design in many real-world engineering problems due to prohibitively large numbers of system configurations. Ironically, Nature uses innovative and simple ways to solve some of the most complex design problems. Scientists and engineers have been increasingly looking to Nature as an inspiration to devise solution methods for complex problems in different engineering domains. This talk will present examples from Dr. Konak’s system modeling and optimization research inspired by Nature. The specific application examples include: Neural Networks in Hot Isostatic Pressing, Ant Colony Algorithms in Facilities Design and Logistics, and Swarm Algorithms in Wireless Networks.
The following is a list of previously scheduled events for Engineers Week at Penn State Berks.
Monday, Feb. 18, 12:00–2:00 p.m., Perkins Student Center Lions Den
Engineering Student Open Forum Panel DiscussionThe panel discussion will provide open dialog between engineers from local companies and students. Topics such as career paths will be discussed and lunch will be provided. The panelists include Lisa Peterson, Brentwood Industries; Steve Rich, and former SAE Baja club member, and others. For more information or to register, contact Jeff Wike, Electrical Laboratory Supervisor, at 610-396-6202.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 8:30 a.m., GoggleWorks in Reading, and Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m., Forest City High School, Forest City, PA
Project Lead the Way Design Challenge
Students from high schools and middle schools across the state will gather at the GoggleWorks in Reading on Feb. 19, and at Forest City High School, located in Forest City, on Feb. 21. The challenge is open to all Pennsylvania PLTW middle and high school students enrolled in PLTW courses. An awards ceremony will follow.
"This event gives PLTW students the chance to use the skills they have learned in their foundation courses to solve a real-life problem. Many schools concentrate on athletic competition; the PLTW Design Challenge gives academic students a chance for inter-scholastic competition," explains Tom Weiss, affiliate director of Project Lead the Way at Penn State Berks.
Project Lead The Way is a national non-profit organization that works in partnership with public middle and high schools to implement a curriculum that emphasizes hands-on experiences in engineering, design, and technology.
For additional information, contact Tom Weiss, PLTW PA Affiliate Director at Penn State Berks, via e-mail at TSW10@psu.edu or visit the PLTW PA web site.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 12:00–1:30 p.m., Perkins Student Center Lion’s Den
Celebrating Women In Engineering Luncheon
The fourth annual Celebrating Women in Engineering Luncheon is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers student chapter. Female high school students from Wilson and Berks Catholic, as well as all Penn State Berks engineering students and faculty, are invited to attend.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1:00 p.m., Room 5, Luerssen Building
Keynote Speaker Thomas J. Perry, P.E., “Improving Engineering Student Engagement In Industry”
Thomas Perry is the Director of Education for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where he is responsible for the organization’s worldwide activities in undergraduate degree program accreditation and curriculum advancement; ME/MET department leadership development via leadership summits and workshops; ASME EdResearch projects in mechanical engineering and engineering technology education; and ME education workforce development programs in pre-college education curriculum and teacher development.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Room 106, Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building
Lecture on Lean Manufacturing by Ron Tomasello, Instructor in Industrial Engineering Technology, Penn State Berks
Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Berks Catholic and Wilson Middle School students interested in engineering will visit Penn State Berks to learn more about the college’s engineering technology programs and careers in the field. Students will also participate in various activities and take a tour of the campus.
Friday, Feb. 22, 1:00 p.m., Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building Lobby
Spaghetti Bridge-Building Competition
Students will present their team’s entry in the spaghetti bridge-building strength competition, which is open to students of the college and Berks Catholic and Wilson high school students. The objective is to build a bridge from spaghetti capable of supporting the largest possible load. The contest will be judged by engineers from three local industries: Brentwood Industries, Reading Bakery, and Precision Medical.
Building on its roots in the field of engineering, Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was the forerunner of institution of Penn State Berks. WPI began as a training center for workers of Textile Machine Works in Reading and provided workers with a solid background in engineering, as well as other technical fields of study. Many leaders of local industry are graduates of WPI.For more information about the Engineers Week events, contact Jeff Wike, Supervisor of Engineering Labs, at 610-396-6202.