Duke's First Engineers Week Draws a Crowd

Duke's first campus-wide Engineers Week celebration, offering a week-long series of events for both Pratt and Trinity students, proved a big success. The week's grand finale, an E-social loaded with contests and competitions that pitted "Team Pratt" against "Team Trinity," drew more than 500 students to the engineering campus.

The festivities were kicked off with a week-long clothing drive competition between departments for the Durham Rescue Mission. Tuesday featured guest speaker Denny Pichardo from IBM, who was invited by the student chapter of the Society for Hispanic Engineers to speak on “Marketing Yourself.”

On Wednesday, students offered an encore race of mousetrap cars developed in the first year design course EGR 20: Engineering Innovation in the MarketPlace Lobby on east campus. Thursday, students gathered for a Robotics Mentoring Social followed on Friday by the school-wide E-Social including arm wrestling, newspaper tower building, a relay race with lab gear to put on and take off while wearing oven mitts, a trivia contest, and peanut shelling.

The civil and environmental engineering department finished on top in the clothing drive, donating 268 pounds of clothing – or 4.3 pounds per student.

At the E-social, some 300 Pratt T-shirts and more than 100 Trinity T-shirts were given out. Pratt won the newspaper design contest and the trivia contest. Trinity won the peanut shelling contest, and a Pratt/Trinity team won the lab coat race.

Racing mousetrap-powered cars in the Marketplace on East Campus

Peanut-shelling competition on the Engineering Quad

Oven mitts add to the challenge of a "lab coat race."