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School of Engineering Celebrates National Engineers Week

February 15, 2013

MACON — Mercer University's School of Engineering will celebrate National Engineers Week Feb. 17-23. The School will mark the occasion with several events throughout the week on the Macon campus, concluding with the annual MathCounts competition for area middle school teams on Feb. 23.

Alumna Dr. Christina Yarborough Wildfire will present "Secrets to the Search: Navigating the Tricky Path from Undergraduate to Professional" on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Peyton Anderson Auditorium. She graduated from Mercer in 2008 with her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in mechanical engineering. She completed her Ph.D. in engineering at West Virginia University and is now a materials engineer with L-3 Communications in Muskegon, Mich.

 
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The annual Engineers Week luncheon will be held on Feb. 20. Tom Leslie, former director of external relations for the Georgia Engineering Alliance, will speak on "Infrastructure Investments Over the Decades: Implications for Engineers and Prosperity." The luncheon is co-sponsored by the Middle Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers and the School of Engineering. The luncheon will be held in the Drake Field House and reservations are required. For reservations, call (478) 743-7175.

On Feb. 22, Mercer's chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national honor society for engineering, will hold a national future engineering futures program sessions for engineering students. The topic is "Analytical Problem Solving - Working in Teams to Use Creativity and Brainstorming for Effective Problem Solving," and the discussion will be facilitated by Nancy Gray, a retired engineer with more than 30 years in design engineering and engineering management.The invitation-only event will be held from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 210 of the Engineering Building. It is sponsored by the Mercer Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and will be attended by Freshman Engineering Honors Students, Tau Beta Pi members and nominees to Tau Beta Pi.

The School of Engineering concludes Engineers Week on Feb. 23 as hosts of the annual Middle Georgia Middle School MathCounts Competition in the Science and Engineering Building. The event, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the Middle Georgia chapter of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers and features teams from around the area competing for advancement to regional and national mathematics competitions. This year more than 75 students from 10 schools are registered for the competition.The public is invited to the afternoon's Countdown Round from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in the Peyton Anderson Auditorium in the Science and Engineering Building. The top teams and individuals will advance to the state competition on March 18.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state. The Mercer Health Sciences Center launched July 1, 2012, and includes the University's medical, nursing and pharmacy schools and will add a fourth college – the College of Health Professions – on July 1, 2013. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. www.mercer.edu

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Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037
vanderhoek_m@mercer.edu