NASA Astronaut, Challenge Cup Competition Among 2015 Engineers Week Highlights
Every year, students in the David Crawford School of Engineering (DCSE) come together in February to celebrate National Engineers Week with games and contests. Engineering students compete by discipline for a chance to win the treasured NU Engineering Challenge Cup topped with an HO gauge locomotive. For the second consecutive year, the Mechanical Engineering students prevailed in the challenges, which were a combination of competitions between disciplines including: box stacking, snow sculpture, robotic sumo wrestlers, professor bowling, and dodgeball. The festivities, which ran from February 23—27, included an Engineers Week dinner in the National Guard armory on the Norwich campus. DCSE hosted 70 prospective engineering students during two days of the festivities. They participated in the competitions, watched “professor bowling” on the outdoor skating rink, and attended a first-year engineering course. The class hosted COL Michael Fossom, an Air Force test pilot and NASA space flight veteran, as a guest lecturer that day. COL Fossom, who was on the Norwich campus to deliver a Todd Lecture Series speech later that evening, described his experiences on Shuttle flights and extended stays on the International Space Station. He encouraged students to reach beyond their dreams and make plans for achieving their goals. COL Fossom also visited Prof. Brian Bradke’s ME382 Mechanical Engineering Lab. Kenneth Knight, a senior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected as the NU Student Engineer of the Year for 2015 by the department chairs. There were three outstanding nominees this year, one from each of the engineering disciplines, that made the selection process all the more difficult. Kenneth, accompanied by Dr. Michael Prairie, the ECE Department Chair, attended a ceremony at the Vermont statehouse hosted by Gov. Peter Schumlin to recognize the recipients of the 2015 Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, and Student Engineer of the Year from Norwich University, the University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College. Kenneth, and Vermont Society of Engineers scholarship recipient Travis Gearwar, were recognized and received a certificate during the annual Engineers Week Banquet held in Burlington on Friday evening, February 27. Nineteen students and five faculty also attended the banquet.