In recognition of National Engineers Week, the College of Engineering (COE) hosts a series of activities to recognize the contributions engineers make across the nation.

The student Women in Engineering Advisory Council collaborates with the Engineering Ambassadors, Tau Beta Pi, and the Society of Women Engineers to organize the following outreach events. The events are designed to increase awareness and stimulate interest in engineering concepts and professions.

Wednesday, February 17

Students learn about Engineering through hands-on activities

Engineer-a-thon with middle school students

Location: MSU Campus, Shroyer Gym
Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

This year, sixth graders from Sacajawea Middle School will spend a day at MSU gleaning some engineering know-how from COE students by participating in hands-on engineering activities. Members of COE student organizations will explain engineering concepts behind activities such as making ice cream, working with a remote-controlled robot, seeing what happens during an earthquake, constructing an oil pipeline model, and exploring bridge design.

Thursday, February 25

Women in Engineering Dinner | Karen Arnold, Keynote Speaker

Location: Best Western GranTree Inn; 1325 North 7th Avenue in Bozeman; Bozeman, MT 59715
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Female high school students, current female college students, and local engineeering and computer science professionals join College of Engineering faculty and alumni in a celebration of the accomplishments made by women in engineering and computer science. Each year, corporations sponsor this event to encourage young women to pursue engineering and computer science careers.


RSVPonline by Wednesday, Feb. 12.

For more information, please call 406-994-2272.

Karen Arnold

Keynote Speaker

Karen Arnold, co-founder and CEO

Nanocopoeia is a drug development company leveraging a proprietary ElectroNanospray™ technology platform to create complex therapeutic nanoparticles. These nanoparticles exhibit enhanced bioavailability, which can improve drug efficacy. They can also enable novel delivery methods for drug formulations.

Karen joined Nanocopoeia after serving as founder and CEO of Education Platform Group (SchoolExtra),

a K-12 student information solution system provider. With an extensive track record of growing technology businesses and moving products and

technologies into commercial scale operations, Ms. Arnold has had a successful 30+ year career in engineering, research, business development, technology commercialization, corporate partnering, corporate restructuring and venture capital.

Ms. Arnold has worked with technology businesses in industries as diverse as medical devices, biotechnology, information technology and industrial manufacturing. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Manufacturing from the University of St. Thomas.

Thank you to this year's corporate sponsors!

2016 MSU Women in Engineering Dinner EMPower'd by Intel

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Intel is the 2016 Presenting Partner for this event.

2016 Gold Partners

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Women in Engineering Dinner

Friday, February, 26

Shadow an Engineer Event

Shadow a College of Engineering Major

7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on MSU campus

High school students can attend classes with a College of Engineering student at MSU for a day. Participants will get acquainted with the MSU campus, get a taste of what engineering or computer science classes are like, tour laboratories and meet MSU faculty and students.

For more information please visit:

RSVP by Friday, Feb. 19th by 6:00pm

Profiles of Women in Engineering at Montana State University


Envision Your Future in Enginering

Read profiles of students and faculty members in the College of Engineering. (PDF)

National Engineering Week Event History

The National Society of Professional Engineers founded the first National Engineers Week in 1951 to publicly recognize the contributions engineers make in the nation. It is held the week of George Washington's birthday. President Washington was a military engineer and land surveyor.

In the early years, Engineers Week was not widely recognized and was meekly noted in public announcements made by government officials and at special dinners. Now, thousands of people across the nation partake in community outreach events, technology exhibits, and much more in recognition of Engineers Week. Click here to visit the National E-Week Web site (in a new window) for more information.


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