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Industrial engineers crowned king, queen to close 2013 Engineers’ Week

A wood shamrock statue stands outside a building.

The 2013 Engineers’ Week concluded March 16 following a week of activities and traditions.

Two industrial engineering students reigned supreme as the King of Wit and Valor and the Queen of Love and Beauty of the 110th annual University of Missouri Engineers’ Week (E-Week), which concluded Saturday, March 16 with the crowning of royalty at the St. Pat’s Ball.

Sam Bibb and Jessica Pedraza were crowned king and queen at the final event of the eight-day celebration, held in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.

A snow-bogged Francis Quadrangle moved the festivities for the kickoff dome lighting ceremony to the courtyard south of Lafferre Hall on Friday, March 8, where Black and Veatch Senior Vice President Lee Kupfer, BS CiE ’71, flipped the switch.

Warmer weekend weather brought runners out for the annual 5k/10k run/walk race to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. And throughout the week, several engineering student organizations sponsored events, including a karaoke night hosted by the MU chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and cheap lunches served by Alpha Omega Epsilon and Engineers Without Borders.

More than 600 elementary through high school-age students from the Columbia area came by for the annual Lab Day Open House featuring 43 lab exhibits presented by students from all engineering departments and judged by a four-member panel made of representatives from industry and alumni. Each exhibit was scored, and the top three exhibits, along with the departments who had the highest average score from all their exhibits, were recognized. The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department presented the top two labs — “Heat Pipes and Cooling” and “Variable Force Analysis” — and also the highest average rating as a department.

Two Electrical and Computer Engineering Department exhibits, “Smile! You’re a Robot” and “Head’s Up,” and a Computer Science Department exhibit, “Eye Tracking,” tied for third place. The ECE Department received the second highest average rating, while the Computer Science Department placed third.

E-Week’s oldest events wrapped up the celebration as graduating seniors and four honorary knights of St. Patrick kissed the blarney stone and were knighted by St. Patrick himself. Missouri Honor Award recipients Ray Kowalik, Vicki Panhuise and Gregg Scheller, as well as Citation of Merit recipient Jerry Jost, were honored at the Knighting Ceremony at the Honor Awards banquet and Citation of Merit luncheon that followed.

The Society of Women Engineers held its annual Green Tea Luncheon and Ada Wilson Lecture on Saturday, featuring keynote speaker Heather Hunt, an assistant professor of biological engineering.