Fresno State’s National Engineers Week highlights ‘Women in Engineering’

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Fresno State’s National Engineers Week highlights ‘Women in Engineering’

Fresno State’s Lyles College of Engineering will begin its celebration of National Engineers Week (Feb. 18 through 24) on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union with two free showings at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. of the movie “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.” To obtain tickets, visit:

National Engineers Week events:

Wednesday, Feb. 21: “Globalization of Engineering and Business” CEO Panel (North Gym, Room 118). Free and open to the public. Registration required.

  • Networking and hors d’oeuvres (5 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • CEO Speaker Panel (5:30 to 7 p.m.): Moderator: Lee Ann Eager, President and CEO, Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County
    • Tamara L. Lyles, President and CEO, Lyles Utility Construction, LLC
    • Michael May, President, Adco Manufacturing
    • Robert Berry, Founder and CEO, DPS Telecom
    • Ed Dunkel Jr., President, Precision Civil Engineering Inc.
    • Noelle Willbanks, PE, President, Willbanks Environmental Consulting, Inc.

Thursday, Feb. 22: “Introduce a Girl to Engineering – Women in Engineering Speaker Panel” (Fresno State Satellite Student Union). Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Panel (10 to 11:30 a.m.): Successful female engineers from the Valley will join Jenny Toste, panel moderator and Fresno State social media specialist, for an in-depth look into opportunities within the engineering profession and how women have thrived in a male-dominated industry. This panel is sponsored by Lyles College of Engineering and Blair, Church and Flynn Consulting Engineers. The first 300 student attendees, including K-12 and college, will receive a one-of-a-kind National Engineers Week T-shirt.

  • Terra J. Mortensen, PE, Site Development Project Manager, Fresno Office Manager, Galloway Planning. Architecture. Engineering.
  • Tinnah Medina, AIA, LEED, AP, Associate Vice-President, Facilities Management, Fresno State
  • Vanida Beigy, PE, Senior Project Manager, Precision Civil Engineering, Inc.
  • Diana Gomez, PE, PMP, Central Valley Regional Director, California High-Speed Rail Authority
  • Brissa Quiroz, Fresno State Lyles College of Engineering Valley Industry Partnership for Cooperative Education, Program Director, and Vice President of the San Joaquin Valley Society of Women Engineers Chapter

“Coming from a family of all sister engineers, I think an engineering career should be the norm. Having the option as a woman to study whatever you want to study, no matter your gender or ethnicity is vital to the success of our economy,” said Dr. Quiroz. “It’s important to introduce STEM to young girls and have an engineering panel like this to show future generations that they can be both smart and a female, all while being an engineer. It’s really up to us as current female engineers in the industry to help open the eyes of young girls and open doors as they walk through to a new world of ideas, innovation and leadership.”

Thursday, Feb. 22: “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” Engineering Activities (Fresno State’s Lyles College of Engineering, Engineering East Building, Foyer). Free and open to the public. No registration required. All attendees welcome.

  • Engineering Activities (12 to 3 p.m.) – on the hour
  • Student Society of Women Engineers Panel
  • Lab Tours
  • Hands-on Engineering Activities

Thursday, Feb. 22: “Hidden Figures” movie (Fresno State, Satellite Student Union)
Free and open to the public. Registration required.

  • Movie (6 p.m.): In honor of Black History Month and National Engineers Week, Lyles College of Engineering, in partnership with Fresno State’s Associated Students, Inc., will show the movie “Hidden Figures,” which tells the story of a visionary trio of African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit.

Friday, February 24: “Bowling by Major” (Fresno State University Student Union)

  • Bowling (1 to 3 p.m.): Students in the Lyles College of Engineering will have the opportunity to compete, by major, for a pizza party awarded to the entire department.

Friday, February 24: “Winter Warm-up Mixer” (Que Pasa Mexican Café, Campus Pointe at Fresno State)

  • Mixer (6 to 8 p.m.): Fresno State Alumni Association’s “Lyles College of Engineering Alumni Chapter” will hold its annual “Winter Warm-Up Mixer” for alumni, students, faculty and staff of the Lyles College of Engineering. Guests will have the opportunity to network, meet new colleagues and see old friends. Registration required:

Saturday, Feb. 24: Volunteer Day “Adopt-A-Highway” (Highway 168 between McKinley and Shields Avenues)

  • Volunteer Day (8 to 11 a.m.): Lyles College of Engineering students will volunteer and “Adopt-A-Highway” with Caltrans and clean Highway 168 between McKinley and Shields Avenues. All Lyles College students in attendance will be entered into a drawing to win Lyles College Dean Ram Nunna’s parking space located behind Engineering East.

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. The Lyles College also offers five graduate programs and more than two dozen teaching and research laboratories that foster hands-on, design-based learning. There are currently more than 1,700 students enrolled in the college who have the opportunity to participate in hands-on and professional opportunities throughout their college career. Graduates from the Lyles College include astronauts, Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, business owners and designers, as well as leaders in all levels of public service.

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