Photo by Zachary Sorohan

Richard Grenville, Ph. D., director of mixing technology at Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, details mixing processes to both professional and aspiring engineers at a dinner meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 21.


February 28, 2017

CSU holds events for National Engineers Week

The Foxes’ Den in Fenn Hall attracted more than the typical groups of stray students just passing time this week.

From Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, the Washkewicz College of Engineering hosted a number of events in the lounge area to celebrate 2017 National Engineers Week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Fenn Co-Operative Education Program held a presentation to inform current and possible engineering students about co-ops, internships and full-time job opportunities.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AICHE) Cleveland State University Chapter also hosted a dinner and presentation on Tuesday. Richard Grenville, Ph. D., the director of mixing technology at Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, spoke on the matter of mixing viscous, non-Newtonian fluids.

The term viscous, non-Newtonian fluid refers to most fluids that are used in pharmaceutical, paint and other industries that require proper mixing.

Grenville, a well-known expert in the field of fluid mixing, cited Dupont as an example of a company that should understand the importance of proper mixing.

According to Grenville, poor mixing can result in a 1 percent loss of yield, which for companies that rely heavily on mixing fluids, could cost $1 million.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the College held a Luncheon & Information Fair to better educate students on programs such as how they may be reimbursed for supplies used in projects, the book fund, and other services.

The Society of Woman Engineers hosted the Panel for Professional Women Engineers on Thursday, Feb. 23.

The panel was made up of five high ranking female professionals including Anette Karlsson, dean of the Waskewicz College of Engineering, Teresa Hack, president and COO of Channel Products, Terri Drury, commercialization engineering manager at Sherwin Williams, Amie Peters, IT manager of application services at Lubrizol, and Martha Connell, director of environmental health & safety at Parker Hannifin.

Panelists discussed topics such as challenges women face in engineering, responsibilities of role models, and changes women have seen in the workplace over the years.

The event ended after the panel took questions from the audience about how they would advise aspiring female engineers, how the panelists got to where they are today, and how how they balance work and life.

The final event, the Engineer for a Day program, was on Friday, Feb. 24.

This program placed 75 high school students with 28 engineer employers, so that students could understand what the job involves and what a standard day looks like, and what field may match up with their interests.

Gregg Schoof, the manager of engineering student programs at Cleveland State, coordinates this program every year. Students from 66 schools spanning across five counties receive this opportunity to shadow engineers at work.

Schoof said that this program is one of the most productive parts of Engineers’ Week every year. It allows young students to see what professionals in their field do, and may push them to attend Cleveland State on the way to achieving their goals.

Groups like the Cleveland State Chapter of AICHE and the Society of Women Engineers, with minor assistance from the college, put together individual events like the panel and luncheon that took place this year. Student organizations decide the entire list of events each year.

This year’s events turned out informative and entertaining, but past years have included classic engineering competitions like the egg drop and popsicle stick bridge-building.

Schools across the country celebrate National Engineers’ Week each year. At Cleveland State, the Washkewicz College of Engineering uses the tradition to bring attention to the services offered, engage in friendly competition, and to celebrate the profession of engineering.


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