Celebrating more than a major: Photos from Engineers Week 2024

Engineers Week at Marquette returned Friday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 24, with a variety of events hosted by student leaders in the Opus College of Engineering. In conjunction with the nationwide celebration of Engineers Week, E-Week at Marquette is an opportunity to celebrate the engineering profession and gather as one Marquette engineering community.

This year’s events captured the social and professional elements of being a Marquette engineer and gave students a chance to showcase their personalities, creativity and passions.

Below are highlights from each day of E-Week at Marquette.

Day 1: Kicking it off with an industry-sponsored design challenge

E-Week began with student teams putting their skills to the test in the Opus College’s second-ever Engineering Innovate-o-thon sponsored by Marmon Holdings. In this 18-hour challenge, student teams competed to design and pitch a winning solution to a real business challenge presented by Marmon’s engineers.

This event allowed engineers to flex their skills and collaborate with peers from Friday evening to Saturday morning in a “hackathon” style competition.

Day 2: Celebrating and supporting international service projects

On Saturday, Feb. 17, student leaders in Marquette’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) hosted their 10th annual silent auction at Broken Bat Brewery. The event brought together students, faculty, staff, families, alumni and community partners to support EWB-MU and their important work ahead to develop water and infrastructure projects alongside real communities in Guatemala.

Over $20,000 was raised to support Marquette engineers in their efforts to #BeTheDifference thanks to the wider Marquette community and generous partners.

Day 4: Pancakes in the morning, (root)beers in the evening

On Monday morning, faculty and staff took to the griddles in Engineering Hall to serve free pancakes to students for the annual Faculty Flip event.

Later in the evening, Engineers Without Borders hosted a Rube Goldberg event for students to create a marble run that mirrors the real water delivery systems that EWB creates in their international projects.

The day wrapped up with two trivia options for students: root beers with engineers hosted by Marquette’s chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in Engineering Hall or beers with engineers hosted by Marquette’s chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at Caffrey’s Pub for students aged 21+.

Day 5: Ready for the hot seat: wings and resumes

After Tuesday’s E-Week events, Marquette engineers were ready for anything, especially the upcoming engineering job fair.

During the day, engineering students connected with engineering professionals for one-on-one resume reviews to prepare for co-op, internship and full-time career opportunities.

At night, engineers kept their cool under pressure as Marquette’s chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) challenged them to tackle a combo of hot wings and trivia questions.

Day 6: Handshakes and hot dogs

On Wednesday of E-Week, Marquette engineers connected with over 80 industry partners from around the country to discover co-op, internship and full-time career opportunities at the 2024 Engineering Job Fair. This annual event is a key opportunity for engineering students to share their stories, showcase their experiences and discover new possibilities for the future.

Marquette’s chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society, supported engineers for the day with a free breakfast ahead of the Job Fair.

Following the Job Fair, students, faculty, staff, alumni and industry partners gathered in Engineering Hall for the Marquette Engineering Tailgate ahead of the DePaul vs. Marquette men’s basketball game. Organized by Engineering Student Council, this event gave engineers a chance to unwind after the fair over hot dogs, burgers and talking ball.

Day 7: Cakes and careers

There was no shortage of creativity, teamwork and frosting at the third iteration of Engineering Cake Wars, a new E-Week tradition at Marquette. Students gathered to transform ordinary cakes into engineering-themed masterpieces with the challenge of using only tools they made themselves, either via 3D printing, laser cutting or simpler prototyping. This competition was designed to give students a chance to flex their engineering creativity and problem-solving in a unique medium outside of their traditional engineering work. Winning teams included an electronics breadboard, a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) tool box and a detailed model of Engineering Hall.

Following Cake Wars, the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority hosted an engineering industry panel for professionals to share more about their careers and offer advice about post-graduate life.

Day 8: Dodgeball

Teams gathered in the Annex Sports Court to test their grit and decompress from the week with dodgeball on Friday of E-Week.

Insert your own fluid mechanics joke here.

Day 9: Dancing, of course

E-Week 2024 concluded with the annual tradition of the Engineers Ball (E-Ball). This year’s event was hosted at the Harley-Davidson Museum and featured food, music and dancing for engineering students and their guests. E-Ball is a favorite among students and provides an opportunity for engineers to show off their dance moves and celebrate as a Marquette engineering community.

Engineers Week at Marquette is made possible by the leadership and creativity of student leaders in Engineering Student Council and other engineering student organizations.

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