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IMSE majors take the helm for E-Week organizing board

IMSE senior Michael Hartmann and junior Jessica Pedraza are co-presidents of this year's St. Pat's Board, the overseeing committee of annual E-Week activities.

Michael Hartmann and Jessica Pedraza, two industrial and manufacturing systems engineering students, are co-presidents of the St. Pat’s Board. They’ve both been involved in organizing E-Week since they were freshmen.

“It’s definitely a new experience,” said Pedraza, a junior. “What I was most surprised at was making all the connections behind the scenes.”

As freshmen, both of the presidents were committee members and as sophomores, each of them chaired a committee. In his junior year, Hartmann was a king candidate.

Since he has not been able to participate in the Road Rally since freshman year, Hartmann is particularly excited for that event this year.

Both Pedraza and Hartmann also are looking forward to a new event – the 5K walk/run to benefit multiple sclerosis research. This is the first time E-Week has included a charity race event.

“It’s a little nerve wracking getting everything started,” Pedraza said.

In addition to the 5K, Pedraza and Hartmann have made an effort to get different organizations more involved, encouraging them to organize their own events during E-Week. The National Society of Black Engineers is planning a karaoke night.

Both Hartmann and Pedraza say they’ve been busy organizing all the different events that make E-Week such an exciting week for students.

“It’s been an uphill task keeping track of all the different committees,” said Hartmann, a senior. “You do juggle things around a lot.”

Hartmann is also on the council and the Student Union Programming Board and is a member of Sigma Pi.

“It goes back to high school, I was always really involved and I wanted to get right back into it,” Hartmann said. “I like being involved and giving back to my school, helping other students.”

Pedraza noted that keeping track of all the e-mails going back and forth was difficult. “It hasn’t been awful but you definitely notice the differences,” she said.

Pedraza is on the Student Engineering Council and plays club volleyball.

One thing Pedraza and Hartmann have tried to emphasize this year is the rich history of E-Week. They’ve spent time going through the archives to find out more about the traditions of the week.

“I just love the involvement they had,” Hartmann said. “It almost seems like Homecoming doesn’t even match up with it.”

Pedraza cites the rich history of E-Week as an important reason to get engineering students involved early with organizing the week’s events.

“There is a ton of history and it’s nice to make sure people know about it and bring it back,” Pedraza said.

See a complete schedule of Engineer’s Week events here