E-Week 2023 features activities to inspire new generations of engineers

  Monday, February 20, 2023
  Awards and Recognitions

By Amanda A. Taylor-Uchoa

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Engineers Week 2023 kicked off on Friday and continues this week celebrating the theme “Creating the Future.”

Hosted by the UTRGV College of Engineering & Computer Science faculty, this year’s events feature in-person and hybrid activities to get students in the community from kindergarten through 12th grade excited about the world of engineering.

The “Creating the Future” theme is meant to highlight the vital roles engineers play in finding innovative solutions to global challenges that affect future generations.

The goal is to reach students and help them realize engineers of each generation can make the world a better place.

Dr. Ala Qubbaj, dean of the UTRGV College of Engineering & Computer Science, said this year’s events highlight the critical role of engineers in our lives.

“E-Week provides K-12 students the opportunity to learn about engineering in general, and our engineering programs in particular, as well as to interact with our faculty, students and engineers,” he said.

“It is also important for our college students, as it creates a sense of belonging and pride in the engineering profession, giving them the opportunity to participate in exciting activities and competitions and connect with practicing engineers and engineering companies in order to secure internships and jobs.”



(Edinburg campus map)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Employer Tabling/Elevator Pitch: Noon to 3 p.m. – Engineering Lobby (First Floor)
    - Student Headshots for LinkedIn: Noon to 3 p.m. ­– Engineering Lobby (First Floor)
                - Idaho National Labs Info Session: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – EENG 1.262
                - Mocktail: 3 to 4:30 p.m. – Engineering Lobby (Second Floor)
                - Virtual Mock Interviews: 5 to 7 p.m. – Zoom
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Poster Competition - Engineering Lobby (Second Floor)
    - Info/Recruitment Tabling: 10 a.m. to noon – Engineering Lobby (First Floor)
                - Civil Engineering Forum & Technical Session: Noon to 2 p.m. – Edinburg Ballroom
                - Drinks with the Dean: 3 to 4 p.m. – EENG North Entrance (outside)
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 – Girls Camp (K-12): 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Edinburg Library Auditorium
    - Family Reception K-12 & Family Tours: 5 to 8 p.m. – Engineering Lobby
  • Friday, Feb. 24 – Engineering Week Celebration Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – HPE2


For more information on this year’s E-Week, visit the following links:


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.