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Berks celebrates history through National Engineers Week

In observation of National Engineers Week, Feb. 19–25, 2012, Penn State Berks has a variety of events and activities planned. The college's roots are in the field of engineering. Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the forerunner of the college, began as a training center for workers of Textile Machine Works in Reading. WPI provided workers with a solid background in engineering, as well as other technical fields of study.

Monday, Feb. 20, 12:00–2:30 p.m.

Perkins Student Center Lions Den, Engineering Student Open Forum Panel Discussion
The 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 Don Dagen, Precision Medical Products; John Weinheimer, RPA Engineering; Bill Frantz, Armstrong Industries; Evan Folk, Worley Parsons, and Robert Correll, retiree from Amp Inc. For more information or to register, contact Jeff Wike, Electrical Laboratory Supervisor, at 610-396-6202.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m., GoggleWorks in Reading, and
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 8:30 a.m., Lakeland Junior/Senior High School, Jermyn, 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. 21, and at Lakeland Junior/Senior High School, located in Jermyn, PA on Feb. 29. The challenge is open to the public, and it will be followed by an awards ceremony.

"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," says 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. PTLW aims to attract an increasingly more diverse group of students to become the next generation of scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians and help America compete favorably in the global economy.

PLTW is the nation’s leading activities-, project-, and problem-based program for middle and high school STEM education. More than 300,000 students are currently engaged in PLTW classes in nearly 4,000 schools. 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: www.pltwpa.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1:00 p.m.

Perkins Student Center Penn State Room, Third Annual Celebrating Women In Engineering Luncheon
Dr. Janelle Larson, Engineering, Business, and Computing Division Head, will be the keynote speaker, and the college’s female engineering faculty will participate. The luncheon is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers student chapter. All engineering students and faculty are invited to attend but reservations are required by Feb. 17 via e-mail to Elizabeth Wiggins at EXW16@psu.edu.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30–11:00 a.m.

Wilson High School juniors 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.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Beaver Community Center, Deanne Bell from Discovery Channel’s Smash Lab discusses her background as a woman in engineering. This presentation is part of the college’s Arts and Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Engineers Week events, contact Jeff Wike at 610-396-6202.

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