The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science


In celebration of engineers "Dreaming Big," the Watson School will host a variety of events February 18-24!


Community Day

  • Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (events below)

    Sponsored by the Watson Dean’s Office

    Location: Engineering & Science Building (ES) at the Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) - 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, NY.  

Team Trivia Night

Just in Time: Student Networking Preparation

  • Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. For all Watson students planning to attend the Networking Event on Thursday or just looking to brush up on their networking skills, Watson School Career and Alumni Connections is offering a timely opportunity to learn the ins and outs of networking.

    Learn how to create a positive impression, build professional relationships, and learn from experts in your field.

    The Watson School staff is here to help you make the most of networking opportunities!

    Sponsored by Watson School Career and Alumni Connections

    Location: Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4)

Engineers Week Dinner

  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Sponsored by the Broome Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and the Ithaca Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers

    Location: Holiday Inn Arena, 2 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY (West of Veterans Memorial Arena)

    Timing: 5:30 - 6:30 PM Cash Bar, Poster Presentations, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Dinner, 7:30 PM Awards and Speaker

    Poster Presentation/Celebration: Your Chance to Participate

    Each Individual or Company is invited to bring a poster and an easel to “show-off” a completed project that was successful. We will place them in the room for viewing during our arrival time.

    Reservations. Wonjune Hong- 607-751-2452 or 607-972-9943

    Prime Rib of Beef (10 Oz) - $35

    Grilled Salmon - $35

    Chicken Picatta - $30

    Pasta Primavera - $30

    Speakers and Topic:

    Geothermal Radiant Heating and Airfield Pavements

    Chris Kopec, PE, LEED AP, Facilities Group Manager

    John Miranowski the Primary Mechanical Engineer.

    McFarland Johnson

    Weather has historically been one of the most significant factors of aviation safety. Weather conditions, specifically snow and ice, affect planes and airport operations at airports around the world regardless of their size. Even small airports located in winter climates spend significant dollars to maintain airfield pavements during inclement weather.

    Current methods of treating snow and ice on airfield pavements includes the use of de-icers and specialized snow removal equipment. This equipment is costly to fuel, maintain and replace. They are also difficult to maneuver in small tight areas and leave an undesirable carbon footprint.

    In 2009 a collaborative effort between McFarland Johnson, Binghamton University, the Greater Binghamton Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Southern Tier Economic Partnership (STEP), and NYSERDA began the development of the first air-side geothermal snow-melt application at an airport in the country at the Greater Binghamton Airport.

    This project has been recognized on local, state, and national levels for its innovative approach to snow and ice removal.

    Chris and John will present the inception, planning, design, construction, and operational results of this project.

Watson School Talent Show

  • Wednesday, February 22, 6-8 p.m.
    Think you’re the most talented person in Watson? Prove it! Faculty, staff and students are invited to sign up by emailing by February 15.

    Sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu 

    Location: University Union Undergrounds

Local Alumni and Student Networking Event

Presented by IBM

Register for this free event by February 16.

  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 5-7:30 p.m.
    Local Watson alumni, students, faculty and staff celebrate Engineers Week 2017 with a special event.

    Learn about what’s happening in the Watson School and visit new facilities, all while networking with fellow alumni, students and staff. Current students are extremely excited to meet with alumni and gain valuable insights into life after graduation.

    Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Be sure to bring some business cards to be entered for a raffle prize.

    Sponsored by Watson Career and Alumni Connections

    Location: Engineering and Science Building (ES) at the Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) - 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, NY 


Thank you to all those that support The Watson School's EWeek!

IBM Lockheed Martin BAE Systems General Electric Raymond
Rockwell Collins Sodexo Shumaker Consulting Mirabito Energy McFarland Johnson

Community Day Events

The events are free and open to students of all ages in the Engineering and Science Building (ES) at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) at 85 Murray Hill Road.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

  • Egg Drop: 10am -noon

    ITC Rotunda

    Recommended ages: 5 – 13 years old

    Creating: 10:00-10:45 a.m., Drop: 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

    Creating: 11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Drop: 11:45 – 12:00 noon

    Will the eggs survive or will they smash? Watson School students and local youth are invited to test your ability to design a container that will protect an egg during a 15-foot drop. Due to the popularity of this activity, two sessions of this activity will be held – please only attend one session. The testing and judging will be during the final 15 minutes of each hour.

    Sponsored by Pi Tau Sigma (National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)

  • Arduino Projects Exhibit: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    ITC Rotunda

    Investigate interactive projects built by our student teams using Arduino, an open-source prototyping platform. Projects include Reaction Time Tester, Fortune Teller, Simple Simon Says, Tetris, Rock Paper Scissors and Pong.

    Sponsored by EDD (Engineering Design Division)

  • Notable Black Engineers and Computer Scientists Exhibit: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Hallway to BI-1001

    An exhibit featuring 10 inventors showcases the significant legacies that black men and women have created in the engineering and computer science fields.

    Sponsored by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

  • SAE Vehicle Display: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    ITC ES Rotunda

    Come down and view the Mini-Baja, Super Mileage, and Formula vehicles built by Binghamton University Students. All three will be attending competitions in the spring from New Hampshire to Illinois. These are impressive engineering projects which involve mechanical, electrical and computer engineering students from the Watson School.

    Sponsored by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

  • UAS (Unmanned Arial System) Exhibit: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    ITC ES Rotunda

    Check out the Industrial Hexcopter that has been retrofitted with a soil sampling mechanism. This years project is going to carry a silicon claw that will be able to retract up into the UAS. Prototypes and display boards will explain all the different concepts that go into designing a UAS. We will also have different UAV's on display to look at and some local experts you can talk to about the quickly evolving technology.

    Sponsored by Senior Capstone Course Groups

  • Zip-Line: 10:00 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES 2008E

    Recommended for all ages

    Create a carrier that can get a ping pong ball to the bottom of the zipline the fastest by using weights and other creative ideas.

    Sponsored by NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

  • Build Your Own Circuit: 10 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES-2010

    Recommended Ages: 10 and up

    Build a simple circuit from scratch and learn the basics of electricity with a hands-on project.

    Sponsored by Eta Kappa Nu (National Electrical Honor Society)

  • Rescue Litter: 10 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES 2008W

    Recommended Ages: 8 -11 years old

    A rescue litter is a basket used to carry injured people safely when an ambulance or helicopter cannot get to them. Using foil, popsicle sticks, sponges, and more, you can build your own mini rescue litter to snuggly carry a potato! You'll have to make sure it's safe, light weight, and not too expensive.

    Sponsored by EWH (Engineering World Health)

  • Static Powered Dancing Ghost: 10 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES Hallway near 2303

    Recommended Ages: 5 and up

    Create static electricity with a balloon and use it to make a paper ghost dance!

    Sponsored by SWE (Society of Women Engineers)

  • High Rise Activity: 10 a.m. – noon

    ITC ES 1304

    Recommended ages: 7-12 years old

    Test your engineering skills with the High Rise Challenge. With the use of newspapers and other recycled materials build the highest tower you can that can support the weight of a tennis ball. Prizes will be given to the tallest towers!

    Sponsored by Theta Tau (Professional Engineering Co-Ed Fraternity)

  • Gumdrop Structures: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    ITC Rotunda-COE

    Recommended ages: 4 years old and up

    Build a structure using toothpicks and [sweet] gumdrops to hold that [sour] textbook.  

    Sponsored by Alpha Omega Epsilon (Professional Engineering Sorority)

  • Matchbox Microphone: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    ITC ES 1006

    Recommended ages: 5 years old and up

    Create your own microphone using a matchbox and pencil leads!

    Sponsored by Sherry Towfighian from the Mechanical Engineering Department

  • Experiencing Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) World: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    ITC ES-2339

    Recommended Ages: 5 years old and up

    Experience the latest virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. Wear the Oculus Rift headset and Microsoft HoloLens smart glasses to try a few demo apps and view the virtual world in 360 degrees. Each demo is limited to 5 minutes. Sign up for time slots is required.

    Sponsored by Zhanpeng Jin from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

  • Amateur Radio: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    ITC ES Hallway near 2200

    In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, ham radio operators can swing into action assisting emergency efforts and working with public service agencies. Amateur radio operators make friends around the world and can even communicate to astronauts on the Space Station. Explore the fun of radio technology and operating frequencies used by ham radio operators.

    Sponsored by Watson IT Specialist Robert Mess and Professor Prahalad Rao.

  • 3D Printing Lab Tour: Noon – 2 p.m.

    Tour starts in ITC ES Hallway near 1500

    Tour the state-of-the-art 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, and Vehicle Simulator facilities available in the Watson School. Learn about the engineering and scientific research these novel facilities support.

    Tour lasts 15-20 mins.

    Groups of 5-6 at a time.

    Sponsored by: Xin Yong, Paul Chiarot, Frank Cardullo, and Kirill Zaychik

  • 3D Printing Pens Demonstration: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    ITC ES-1006

    Pick out a design and see it created with 3D printing pens.

    Sponsored by EWB (Engineers Without Borders)

  • Wind-Powered Vehicles: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    ITC ES-1304

    Recommended Ages: 5-10 years old

    Learn about the application of engineering design with natural energy.  We will provide Improve upon pre-made designs of wind-powered cars and race it against obstacles to discover the importance of evolutionary design in engineering.

    Sponsored by IEEE-EMB (Binghamton Bioengineers)

  • Car Momentum Demonstration: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

     ITC ES 2010

    Recommended Ages: 7 years old and up

    Students will be able to construct their own car out of building materials provides. Once completed, two cars will be raced down a slope with and without added weights to demonstrate how momentum affects speed and final distance traveled of a vehicle.

    Sponsored by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Cryptography: Hidden in Plain Sight: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    ITC ES Rotunda

    Recommended Ages: 8 years old and up

    Do you want to send messages that only you and your friend can read? Come to this station to discover the field of cryptography and learn how to hide messages in plain sight with the help of your own decoder wheel.

    Sponsored by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

  • Prosthetic Hands: The Way of the Future: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    ITC Rotunda

    Recommended Ages: 9 years old and up

    Build a cardboard mockup of your own hand!

    Sponsored by AEMB (National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society)

  • Bristle Bots: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Hallway outside ITC ES 2303

    Recommended ages: 8 years old and up

    Create “bristle bots” using toothbrush bristles and a pager motor and race them against each other!

    Sponsored by SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)

  • Spaghetti Towers: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    ITC Rotunda-COE Link

    Recommended for all ages

    Build towers using only spaghetti and marshmallows to build the highest tower possible.

    Sponsored by Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)

  • Bridge Building: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

    ITC ES-2008W

    Recommended Ages: 8 – 14 years old

    Don't drop the marbles! Come and build bridges that can last longer than your peers. Test out your engineering skills by building the strongest bridge out of Popsicle stick and glue, then try and see how many marbles your new creation can hold. The bridge that can hold the most marbles every half hour will win a prize!

    Sponsored by Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)

  • Mini-Catapults: 1 – 3 p.m.

    ITC ES 2008E

    Recommended ages: 5 – 10 years old

    Build a mini catapult and test it by shooting marshmallows into targets.  

    Sponsored by MCA (Mechanical Contractors Association)

  • LEGO Creationary: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

    ITC ES 1006

    Recommended ages: 5 years old and up

    Show off your skills with LEGOS! Come to play a game of Pictionary using LEGOs.

    Sponsored by EWB (Engineers Without Borders)

Last Updated: 3/1/17