Engineering Week


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Engineering Week kicks off with Civil Engineering Day on Monday, February 18, with activities and tables run by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Activities continue February 19 – 22, when you can join NYSCI Explainers and engineering partners for a week of learning about new areas of engineering and what current engineering students are researching.

Free with NYSCI admission.

Daily events:

Civil Engineering Day
February 18, 12 – 4 pm
Learn about civil engineering through interactive games, construction challenges, and hands-on activities presented by the metropolitan section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

February 19 – 22; 11 – 1 pm
Take home your own Foldscope, the ultra-affordable, paper microscope that you assemble yourself. Co-invented by a bioengineer, Foldscopes are designed to be extremely portable, durable and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2-micron resolution), Foldscope brings hands-on microscopy to new places! Limited supplies will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hands-on Engineering Activities
Feb 19 – 22; 1:30-3:30 pm
Join NYSCI Explainers and engineering partners from Genspace and NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering for a week of engineering activities. Learn about new areas of engineering and what current engineering students are researching. Engage in hands-on activities that have been created by engineers working with NYSCI’s Explainers.

Feb. 19: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Engineer, Michael Flanagan with NYSCI Explainer, Elijah Browne

Feb. 20: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Engineer, Cy Andrews with NYSCI Explainer, Manfrer Espinal

Feb. 21: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Engineer, Roo Shamin with NYSCI Explainer, Cara Lambrento

Feb. 22: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Engineer, Brittney Atkinson-McFarlane with NYSCI Explainer, Anika Zaman

Engineer Bios:

Michael Flanagan:
Michael J. Flanagan is the Executive Director of Genspace. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and has spent more than two decades working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Bell Labs, and entrepreneurial companies including Arieso (CTO) and FlanaGen LLC (Founder and CEO). Dr. Flanagan has been a member of Genspace since 2014, an instructor since 2016, and a Board member since 2017. In addition to leading a Genspace Community Lab team and serving as a judge at iGEM and Biodesign Challenge competitions, his synthetic biology interests include biomaterials, DNA synthesis/assembly and optogenetic control systems. When he is not working in Brooklyn, Mike is either at home in Chester NJ or trying to return to London.

Cy Andrews:
Cy Andrews is an experiential designer and creative technologist based in New York. A visionary in her own right Cy’s diverse background in art history, digital communication, and engineering, paired with her unique way of thinking, results in generating ideas that truly push the limit of what is possible. Her work, which, however subtley, is always rooted in data, spans the virtuality continuum, from physical manifestations of cosmic noise wayvelengths, to [multi-sensory] data visceralization.

Most recently, Cynthia worked with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA to implement augmented reality in “clean” rooms where spacecrafts are built, and was named Artist in Residence at VRAccelorator — where she is exploring how motion and emotion can be used, in tandem, to create experiences that elicit a sense of childlike wonder and awe — and provide sociological value.

Cy has spoken at an array of events and conferences, including the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing — where her original research on the spread of misinformation via Twitter was published in 2016.

Roo Shamin:
Roo Shamin believes in the power of technology to transform public discourse through adaptive learning and interdisciplinary collaboration and is passionate about developing multicultural design-thinking strategies to create better communities.

Traveling around around the world to participate in platform cooperatives and the sharing economy, she researches the art of hospitality in various cultures and observe the needs of people searching for access to resources, space, and support. She works with organizations to create experiences and services that spark social innovation and disrupt business models.

Research Areas: Social Impact, B-corps, Circular Economy, Systems Thinking, Transportation Infrastructure, Platform Cooperativism, Technology & Small Business

Brittney Atkinson-McFarlane:
Brittney’s experiences as a first-generation college student and immigrant cultivated her desire to pursue a career that served marginalized populations. Her work is primarily focused on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), human-computer interaction (HCI), and interaction design (IxD).

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