Daytona Beach Campus


Embry-Riddle Celebrates Engineers Week with a Keynote Address by Former President of Rolls-Royce Defense Aerospace

Daytona Beach, FL, February 12, 2014

Engineers Week Daytona Beach 2014

Dan Korte

Former president of Rolls-Royce Defense Aerospace Dan Korte will deliver a keynote address titled Why Be An Engineer: What Has Made Technical Professionals Successful in the Corporate World? as the signature public event during Embry-Riddle’s celebration of Engineers Week, Feb. 18-22, at the Daytona Beach Campus.

As president of Rolls-Royce Defense Aerospace, Korte oversaw the strategy and performance of the $4 billion global defense aerospace business, encompassing 5,500 employees at operations in 17 countries around the world. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Korte served as executive vice president and general manager for Global Strike Systems, a division of the Boeing military aircraft business. Korte holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Lindenwood University, Missouri. He is also a graduate of the Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Korte will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gale Lemerand Auditorium of the Willie Miller Instructional Center, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. This event is sponsored by the College of Engineeringand the Honors Program, and is free and open to the public. Click here for a map of the campus.

Observed annually, National Engineers Week is an initiative by more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and governmental agencies to promote a diverse, well-educated engineering workforce by increasing awareness of careers in engineering and technology, while exposing K-12 students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based programs.

“We have fun during E-Week at Embry-Riddle with workshops, competitions and hands-on activities for current and future Embry-Riddle students and local grade-school students,” said Dr. Maj Mirmirani, Dean of the College of Engineering. “The engineering field offers a wide range of rewarding specialties, including several degrees offered here at Embry-Riddle in the areas of aerospace, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, software and multidisciplinary engineering.”

This year’s events for students will run from Feb. 18 - 22 at the University’s Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. The media is invited to attend.

Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 18-21

Engineering Fundamentals: Digital Dash
Starting in the Lehman Building Atrium at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, teams of two students will solve riddles that lead them around campus and online. The Digital Dash will end at an undisclosed location on Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Students will need at least one smart device and an app that can read QR codes. There will be prizes for the 1st and 2nd place teams who have solved all the clues correctly and in order. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Civil Engineering: Spaghetti Tower Challenge
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flight Deck
Students will form teams to see who can build a spaghetti and marshmallow tower that can hold the most candy in a dish. Prizes will be given for 1st place.

Society of Women Engineers: CATIA Tournament
3-5 p.m., Flight Deck
Students will race not only against the clock but also against fellow students to recreate a CATIA (computer-aided three-dimensional interactive application) drawing projected onto a screen. CATIA software is an important tool in many engineering fields that supports multiple stages of product development, including conceptualization, design, manufacturing and engineering. Prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd place.

Keynote Presentation
7:30 p.m., Willie Miller Instructional Center, Gale Lemerand Auditorium
Dan Korte will speak on Why Be An Engineer? This event is sponsored by the College of Engineering and the Honors Program, and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: Wind Box Structure Competition
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flight Deck
Students will compete to build a cantilever beam structure using a standard box of components. The design with the highest supported weight to structural weight wins. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Society of Women Engineers: Mr. and Ms. Engineer Competition
7-9 p.m., John Paul Riddle Student Center
In this light-hearted competition, engineering students will demonstrate their communication skills and professional appearance while being judged in three categories: nerd wear with introduction; talent/ build-off; and business wear.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Robotics Association: Rock Band Robot
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., John Paul Riddle Student Center
Students will explore the opportunities of gaming from a robotic platform.

National Society of Black Engineers: Glider Competition
3-5 p.m., ICI Center
This competition is open to all Embry-Riddle students, who are encouraged to attend one of the non-mandatory meetings before the Thursday afternoon contest to learn the rules of the event.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Society of Women Engineers: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Workshop
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., College of Business
The Society of Women Engineers welcome young ladies from DeBary and Holly Hill Elementary Schools for a fun-filled day of experiments, games and hands-on learning while being exposed to STEM based engineering principles.

For College of Engineering E-Week Events, contact Kathleen DiLeo at (386) 226-6351,

For information on the Dan Korte presentation, contact Michelle Restivo at (386) 226-6683,

MEDIA CONTACT: James Roddey, Communications and Media Relations Manager, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; (386) 226-6198;

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