Special events commemorate Engineers’ Week

Alessandro Roco

Over the past week, the College of Engineering’s Student Council (ESC) hosted a wide variety of activities for National Engineers’ Week. Throughout the week, some events featured were those that people would typically expect of engineers, such as the egg drop competition.

The egg drop competition was designed to bring together teams of engineering students to design a container that would keep an egg from breaking after being dropped from specific heights. The only major condition for the containers was that they could not serve as a parachute-like device or any other aero-breaking contraptions. To add a dose of humor, the ESC served egg drop soup.

However, Engineers’ Week presented other events such as a dodgeball game between the students and faculty and the ESC’s iteration of the Olympics, featuring such games as knockout, tug-o-war and steal the bacon.

“The ESC was very pleased to have presented such a successful Engineers’ Week,” Matt Bochanski, president of the ESC, said. “Engineering is an essential part of daily life, and we believe that its importance should be recognized and celebrated. Half of the week’s festivities included athletic competitions because, possibly to the surprise of some, engineers are athletic, and we can have fun without numbers.”

The culmination of Engineers’ Week will feature the second speaker in the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Lectures Series, Dr. Nance Dicciani (’69), the president and CEO of Specialty Materials, a strategic business group of Honeywell International, Inc. Dicciani holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University, a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She also received an M.B.A. from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dicciani currently serves as a vice president of the Society of Chemical Industry. She previously served on the Board of Advisors of CIVIC, the Board of Directors of PAPAL Resources, Inc. and the Board of Trustees at Villanova University.