May 8, 2006
A new tradition began this year when over 600 ECE faculty, staff, students, and alumni gathered around Hamerschlag Hall to celebrate the first annual ECE Day, organized by the ECE Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (SAC). The day's activities, planned for the enjoyment and enrichment of the ECE community, launched with a project showcase to help sophomores and juniors choose their track of interest in ECE. Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the ECE Honor Society, gave brief presentations that featured every type of capstone project completed in the last year.
HKN, with the help of Jeopardy college champion Kermin Fleming, hosted ECE Jeopardy, complete with authentic game software, buzzers, and prizes. Then, the department premiered "ECE Throughout the Ages," a slide show of music and pictures representing the decades of historical development of the ECE Department. The presentation was created by members of the Women of ECE (WinECE). Meanwhile, graduate and undergraduate students competed in ping pong and foosball contests in the graduate lounge.
The ECE Department is both competitive and collaborative, and so were the activities for ECE Day. The afternoon festivities included volleyball and an interactive inflatable game called the dual sports bungee equalizer. Students could also collegially dunk a professor, classmate, or staff member with proceeds benefiting Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Rounding out the day, Carnegie Mellon's student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc (AMD) hosted a BBQ, with Indian food provided by the Engineering Graduate Student Organization (EGO), and ECE staff contributing dessert. While dining, attendees were entertained by an ECE staff and faculty band on the patio outside Hamerschlag Hall.
The attire for the day featured new jersey-style t-shirts promoting "Team 18," designed by Ajay Panagariya, a senior in ECE and member of ECE SAC. The number 18 was chosen because 18 is the prefix for all ECE course numbers.
In the weeks preceding ECE Day, ECE SAC sponsored a photo contest seeking funny or telling pictures and "A Day in the Life of ECE" competition to find the funniest photo or wittiest words that would provide ECE moments to savor.
The student chair this inaugural ECE Day was ECE junior and ECE SAC member, Dmitriy Solomonov. SAC is advised by Susan Farrington, ECE Director of Alumni and Student Relations, and headed by graduating senior, Jonathan Lee.
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather around Hamerschlag Hall for the first ECE Day.
The ECE Day planning committee organized the activities.