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National Engineers Week at Embry-Riddle Features Keynote Speech by Fred Hadaegh of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Workshops and Hands-On Activities Planned for Embry-Riddle and Local Students

Daytona Beach, FL, February 12, 2013

National Engineers Week 2013

Fred Hadaegh

Embry-Riddle will kick off National Engineers Week with a keynote address by Dr. Fred Hadaegh, associate chief technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). His talk, titled “The Recent Landing on Mars and Seven Minutes of Terror,” will take the audience through all phases of the Curiosity rover’s long journey to the red planet, in particular the last minutes of the entry, descent and landing stage.

He will speak Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Willie Miller Instructional Center auditorium on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and the Honors Program, the event is free and open to the public.

For two decades Hadaegh supervised the Guidance & Control Analysis Group at JPL, which leads research in guidance, estimation and control theory, and develops algorithms and software for planetary science and astrophysics missions such as Mars Curiosity. Previous missions have including the Mars Pathfinder, the Mars Exploration Rover, the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Spitzer space telescope. He also led the development of guidance and control technologies for spacecraft formation flying, autonomous rendezvous and docking for NASA missions and Department of Defense programs.

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.

“E-Week at Embry-Riddle is full of workshops, competitions and fun, hands-on activities for current and future Embry-Riddle students and local grade-school students,” said 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, multidisciplinary and software engineering.”

This year’s events will run through Feb. 23 at the university’s Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Digital Dash

All Week

Various Locations on Campus

In teams of two, students will solve riddles that lead them around campus and online. Those who successfully locate the secret finish line will win admission to a party with Freshman Engineering faculty that will feature food, music and prizes.

Egg Drop

12:30 to 2 p.m.

Lehman Engineering & Technology Center

In this competition, students will use straws to build a structure around an egg to prevent it from cracking

when dropped. Hosted by Sigma Gamma Tau, the aerospace engineering honor society.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

CATIA Tournament

3:30 to 5 p.m.

John Paul Riddle Student Center

Students will race not only against the clock but also against fellow students to recreate a CATIA drawing projected onto a screen. CATIA software, an important tool in many engineering fields, supports multiple stages of product development, including conceptualization, design, manufacturing and engineering. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.

Thursday, Feb. 21

STEM Outreach

All Day

Various Locations on Campus

Local grade-school students will display their science, technology and engineering projects in the atrium of the Lehman Engineering & Technology Center and will attend Embry-Riddle classes in business, engineering and human factors.

Rock Band Robot

12:30 to 2 p.m.

John Paul Riddle Student Center

Students will compete against a robot by playing the music video game Rock Band. Hosted by the Robotics Association.

Mr./Ms. Engineer Competition

6-8 p.m.

John Paul Riddle Student Center

In this light-hearted competition, engineering students displaying their communication skills and professional appearance will be judged in three categories: nerd wear with introduction; talent/build-off; and business wear with a brief Q & A. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.

Friday, Feb. 22

Bridge/Tower Build-Off

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

John Paul Riddle Student Center

Using only popsicle sticks and glue, students will compete to build either the strongest bridge or the tallest building. Hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Workshop

All Day

Willie Miller Instructional Center

Local girls ages 8-12 will participate in hands-on learning modules that introduce engineering basics in a fun learning environment. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers.

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