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Professional Societies

October 14, 2012

Rowan University’s College of Engineering offers eight different professional societies that are geared towards expanding learning outside the classroom, networking, and better preparing students for life after college.  Each society hosts varies fundraising and volunteering events each semester.  Below is a brief description of each society.


Tau Beta Pi (TBP) is the National Engineering Honor Society.  This society honors students who have shown a history of academic achievement as well as a commitment to personal and professional integrity.  “Specifically, the association was founded to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.”  The Tau Beta Pi chapter was officially established at Rowan University on January 28, 2006.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is an engineering society in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries.  The SAE chapter of Rowan University designs, builds, and perfects their Baja Car and Supermileage Vehicle each year and competes in a National Competition.  Last year the Supermileage Vehicle placed 9th out of 32 in their first annual competition.  The Baja Car placed 17th out of 115 in their 2012 Baja Auburn Competition.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a service organization that offers students an opportunity to utilize their knowledge and skills to solve real world problems in developing countries.  The mission of EWB is to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve by working with the community to implement sustainable engineering solutions.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit service organization aimed at informing the community of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers. Its mission is to stimulate women to achieve their full potential in their careers as engineers and as leaders, to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and to demonstrate the value of diversity.

The Rowan University student chapter provides young women in any engineering field with a support group, as well as a social group. SWE holds monthly meetings where members have an opportunity to exchange ideas and receive updates about what’s going on in SWE. Rowan SWE also attends professional development conferences to network and begin to prepare for life after college.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a worldwide engineering society focused on technical, educational, and research issues. It conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations, holds some 30 technical conferences and 200 professional development courses each year, and sets many industrial and manufacturing standards.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a national organization consisting of both student and professional chapters. The goal of ASCE is to educate students about civil engineering in the real world through guest speakers, hands-on projects, field trips, and networking opportunities with professional civil engineers.

The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a national organization that is dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence.  IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology and was officially an established chapter at Rowan University in 1996.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a national organization for undergraduate and graduate chemical engineers to learn more about prospective workplaces, get chemical engineering related information, and have a good time! AIChE provides periodic trips to local businesses and guest speakers who educate the members on their area of expertise.


Jaclyn Navara

Histiocytosis Awareness Fundraiser

October 1, 2012

Rowan’s College of Engineering will be hosting a Histiocytosis Awareness Fundraiser.  Eric Majusiak graduated in 2009 with a BS in Civil Engineering.  Eric was your average 27 year old newlywed when he was struck with illness and rushed to the hospital. He was later transported to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia where doctors vigorously fought for answers. On March 2, 2012 Eric was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocysis – HLH.  He now hopes to help others and raise awareness of rare diseases.

The College of Engineering will be this hosting fundraiser to raise awareness of HLH, as well as donate money for research.  This event will held in Rowan Hall room 304 on October 5th from 1:45-3:00PM.  Rowan University Physician, Dr. Peggy Hurley, will present what HLH is and the symptoms that are associated with it. The Histiocytosis Association’s President will talk about the goals of the organization.  It will be followed by a short story of Eric’s Journey with HLH accompanied by his wife Amanda. Food and beverages will be provided.

All day on October 1st and 2nd, Landmark Americana Tap & Grill will be donating 25% of each check to the Histiocytosis Association.  On October 1st-4th student volunteers will be selling ‘Cure Histio’ wristbands for $2 and Car Magnets for $5 in the Rowan Hall Atrium, as well as hosting food sales.

All profits will go to the Histiocytosis Association for research and support.  Please come out and support our cause and visit for more information.


Rowan University raised a total of $914.97 for this cause!  Thank you to all those who helped make this event a success.

Jaclyn Navara

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

September 9, 2012

The First Annual Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia fundraiser is kicking off this week!  During the week there will be bake sales, sports tournaments, spirit days, and other engineering related competitions.  The main event will be held on Saturday, September 15th, from 12PM-4PM.  There is a mandatory $10 donation to attend.  We will have a live DJ, Chinese auctions, relay races, various sporting events, and food will be supplied.  We will be raffling off gift cards to local companies, movie theatre candy and coupons, back to school gear, and much more.  You will able to meet some of the children from the hospital and feel great knowing that you are supporting them!  Come out this week to help make our fundraiser as success.  Getting involved in college is a great step towards a successful future.

Here is the events schedule for the week.


Rowan Engineering Spirit Day – wear your Rowan Engineering attire and earn points for your discipline’s team

10am-2pm Baked Goods and Ticket Sales in Rowan Hall Atrium

12:05pm Spirit Day contest in the Rowan Hall Atrium – show up in your Rowan Engineering attire to earn points

2pm-5pm Softball @ Intramural Field

9pm-10:30pm Trivia in the Rowan Hall Atrium

Landmark Fundraiser *ALL DAY*

(Stop by the food sales table and pick up a flyer, 25% of the check will be donated directly to CHOP)



Sports Apparel Day – wear your sports apparel from your favorite team and earn points for your discipline’s team

10am-2pm Soft Pretzels and Ticket Sales in Rowan Hall Atrium

12:05pm Sports apparel contest in the Rowan Hall Atrium – show up in your sports apparel to earn points

2pm-5pm Basketball @ the Outdoor Basketball Courts behind Mimosa

8pm RU smarter than a Professor? in the Rowan Hall Auditorium

Landmark Fundraiser *ALL DAY*

(Stop by the food sales table and pick up a flyer, 25% of the check will be donated directly to CHOP)



Sheldon Cooper Day – Dress as nerdy as you can like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory

10am-2pm Baked Goods, Pizza, and Ticket Sales in Rowan Hall Atrium

12:05pm Sheldon Cooper Day contest in the Rowan Hall Atrium – show up in nerdy attire to earn points

2pm-5pm Soccer – Field is TBD (either Main or Practice Field)

9pm-10:30pm Bottle Rocket Building (for competition on Saturday)



Dress like your favorite professor day

10am-2pm Baked Goods, Soft Pretzels, and Ticket Sales in Rowan Hall Atrium

12:05pm Dress like your favorite professor contest in the Rowan Hall Atrium – show up all dressed up to earn points

2pm-5pm Flag Football – Engineering Green

9pm-10:30pm Popsicle Bridge Building (for competition on Saturday)



Team Color Day – Wear purple-ChE, green-CEE, orange-ECE, blue-ME

12pm-2pm Ticket Sales in Rowan Hall Atrium

2pm-5pm Volleyball @ Sand Courts



Rowan University raised about $800 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia!  Thank you to those that participated and helped make this a success.

Jaclyn Navara

Welcome Everyone

September 4, 2012

I would personally like to welcome all of the new incoming freshmen & hope that everyone had a great summer.  Through my blogging this year, I hope to give everyone a glimpse of the exciting life of an engineer.  There are plenty of things to keep you busy and entertained each semester.  The College of Engineering is always looking for ways to volunteer and give back to our community.  Here are two upcoming events:

1) The College of Engineering is hosting the first annual Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia fundraiser on September 15th from 12-4 on the Engineering field.  This Engineering Fun Day will be open to all students, professors, family, and friends.  Some events will include relay races, sport events, Chinese auctions, games, and much more.  A live DJ will perform and food will also be provided.  Some of the children that attend this hospital will be participating in the events.  All profits will go directly to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

2) The College of Engineering will also be hosting a kickoff event on October 5th for Eric Majusiak.  Eric Majusiak is a Rowan ’09 graduate who was very active engineer in college.  He recently developed Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare blood disorder in which your immune system overreacts.  The professional societies are currently planning this event to raise money for Histio awareness.

I will post more information about these events as the date approaches.  Come out to support the cause while meeting new engineers and professors.

Jaclyn Navara

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