Think Inside the Box During E-Week on UTEP Campus
Last Updated on February 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Originally published February 19, 2019
By UC Staff
A colossal object will greet students, faculty and others who visit the Undergraduate Learning Center (UGLC) on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, on The University of Texas at El Paso campus. The monolith in question is the Challenge Box, a unique exhibition from Lockheed Martin that will serve as one of the showcases of E-Week, the College of Engineering’s salute to National Engineers Week, which is celebrated this year from Feb. 17 to 23.
The Challenge Box is one of a host of engineering activities that will take place throughout campus this week. The massive, misshapen cube will sit in the UGLC lobby through Wednesday, Feb. 20. Its aim is to engage with the best and brightest students by asking them to solve one of four challenging science, engineering, math or physics problems to gain access to the interior of the box and a chance at prizes.
Elsewhere on campus, the College of Engineering will host several open-house events in which students, teachers and administrators from local schools will tour classrooms, laboratories and research centers. Students and teachers can expect to see the latest in research, innovation and technology that is driven by faculty and supported by graduate and undergraduate researchers. These tours are exclusively for middle and high school partnerships that focus on engineering. At the high school level, Discover-E and E-Week Tours target juniors and seniors.
Lockheed Martin flight simulators will also be on hand in the Engineering Building through Thursday, Feb. 21. A Tech Talk will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Chemistry and Computer Science Building. E-Week will conclude with a banquet Friday, Feb. 21, during which Ivonne Santiago, Ph.D., clinical professor of civil engineering at UTEP, will be recognized as the 2019 El Paso Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) El Paso Chapter.
The College of Engineering began celebrating E-Week in the early 1980s to connect to the pre-college community through open houses and expositions. In the early 1990s this celebration grew to include the Engineering and Science Expo Job Fair, which engineering and computer science students still take advantage of today. Today, the college and its student organizations continue to grow the activities that are tied to the celebration of National Engineers Week.
To learn more about E-Week, click here.