Fresno State celebrates National Engineers Week with flight simulations and ‘Dream Big’ movie premiere

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Fresno State celebrates National Engineers Week with flight simulations and ‘Dream Big’ movie premiere

Fresno State’s Lyles College of Engineering will kick off its annual celebration of National Engineers Week (Feb. 19 through 25) on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Fresno State men’s basketball game against New Mexico at 3 p.m. at the Save Mart Center. Innovative student engineering projects will be displayed at the entrance of the Save Mart Center and college highlights will be featured throughout the game.

National Engineers Week events:

Tuesday, Feb. 21: “Innovation in Aviation” (Industrial Technology building, Room 160)

  • Speaker (noon to 1 p.m.): T.J. Wuth, Edwards Air Force Base lead engineer and Lyles College alumnus
  • Speaker (5 p.m.): Leslie Van Peteghem, Edwards Air Force Base project manager and Lyles College alumnus

Wednesday, Feb. 22: “Take Flight” (Industrial Technology building, Room 160)

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: F-16C flight simulator demonstrations by Edwards Air Force Base representatives — attendees will get an in-depth experience of what it’s like to fly an F-16C fighter plane
  • Speaker (noon to 1 p.m.): F-16C flight simulator “Tech Talk” by Edwards Air Force Base staff

Wednesday, Feb. 22: “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” movie (Maya Cinemas, Fresno 16)

  • 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.: “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” movie showing at Maya Cinemas, Fresno 16. The Lyles College of Engineering, in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Moore Twining Associates, Inc., ASCE’s Young Member Forum and Maya Cinemas, brings MacGillivray Freeman’s latest film to Fresno. “Dream Big” celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. The film was developed in partnership with ASCE, presented by Bechtel Corporation and narrated by Jeff Bridges. Tickets are free and the showing is open to the public. To obtain tickets, visit: dreambigmovie.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, Feb. 23: “NASA Exploration” (Industrial Technology building, Room 160)

  • Speaker (noon to 1 p.m.): John Saltzman, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center chief engineer for Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Research and a Lyles College alumnus

Thursday, Feb. 23: “Bowling Ball Rocket Launch” (Bowling Alley in the University Student Union)

  • 7 to 9 p.m.: Lyles College of Engineering students will participate in a bowling tournament with a grand prize of a pizza party for the winning team’s department

Friday, Feb. 24 “Mission to Mars 2030” (Industrial Technology building, Room 160)

  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Vu Nguyen, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory infrastructure engineer, Lyles College alumnus

Saturday, Feb. 25: “Ready, Jet, Engineer!” (Engineering East building)

  • 10 to 11 a.m.: More than 300 students from Fresno State’s Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Schools Program will attend the movie, “Dream Big” at Maya Cinemas, Fresno 16. Since its founding at UC Berkeley in 1970, MESA has encouraged students – especially those from underserved populations – to learn about math, engineering and science in new and exciting ways and helps prepare students for a four-year higher education.
  • 10 a.m. to noon: In partnership with the Lyles College’s “Young Minds Explore Engineering” program, nearly 150 children and parents from the ValleyPBS Family Circle will construct engineering crafts and projects throughout the morning. With a theme of “Ready Jet Engineer,” PBS’ Jet Propulsion character will be on hand to meet all attendees. This event is exclusively for Family Circle members.

“National Engineers Week is an opportunity to showcase how engineers make a difference in our world,” said Dr. Ram Nunna, dean of the Lyles College. “Our goal at Lyles College of Engineering is to educate our students and inspire young minds, including K through 12th grade, to explore engineering.”

Fresno State has offered engineering courses since 1922. The Lyles College is the largest comprehensive, publicly-supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley and offers six nationally accredited degree programs in engineering and construction management. There are nearly 1,700 students enrolled in the college. The Lyles College offers five graduate programs and more than two dozen teaching and research laboratories.

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