The 101st in-person Engineering Open House (EOH), with its theme of “The Future, Today”, was held on Friday 31 March – Saturday 01 April 2023. There were over 200 student-led exhibits and this year there was an exhibit for every major. Each year this event draws thousands of students, families, teachers, and science-lovers to campus to partake in a truly unique experience celebrating all types of engineering. This is the place to see cutting-edge innovations before they are popularized, and see how students are at the forefront of science and engineering. Click here for the 2023 EOH visitor’s guide.
Continuing a tradition originally started in 2014, RailTEC hosted a group of middle and high school students and their chaperones from Hanson Professional Services and Springfield Frontiers International at the event on Saturday. Students participated in STEM activities and joined Hanson Professional Services CEO Sergio “Satch” Pecori for lunch.
Pecori is an Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumnus (BS 73, MS 74) and was awarded The Grainger College of Engineering Alumni Award for Distinguished Service for 2023. Recipients of this annual alumni award are recognized for professional distinction through outstanding leadership, contributions to the field of engineering, creativity, and entrepreneurship; as well as service to society, the professional community, and to the department, college, or university. Pecori and his company, Hanson Professional Services, have provided transformative support for RailTEC for many years. Click here to read about Hanson’s latest gift. To read CEE’s article about Pecori’s alumni award click here.