As part of National Engineers Week, the College will screen the PBS documentary Sunken Ship Rescue on Thursday, February 23 to visually demonstrate the problem solving nature of engineering. The free screening will be at 2:30 p.m. in Room 122, Center for Technology on the College’s Newark campus.
The documentary centers on the major engineering operation required to raise the cruise ship Costa Concordia following its disastrous capsizing after running aground on January 13, 2012. The disaster off the coast of Italy’s Isola del Giglio, resulted in the deaths of 32 people.
“This film is a very visible example of the engineering disciplines required to raise this half submerged liner off a reef,” said Professor Robert Leone, coordinator of the College’s Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences. “One of my goals in showing this film is to get students who are considering engineering to see the first hand the problem solving nature of the profession.”
Professor Leone said he almost immediately thought of showing the film on campus after he saw it on television at home. He added that he is frequently asked by students what do engineers actually do, a question this film can answer.
There were more than 4,000 passengers and crew on the ship which ran aground and then capsized on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The wreck stretched the length of three football fields and weighed 45,000 tons.
Professor Leone said the film shows the many engineering disciplines used, such as use of hydraulic jacks and floatation principles to right the ship. “This film shows the tremendous engineering employed immediately following this disaster.”
He said that students will see the practical applications used from the models they study in class.
All students are invited to view the film.
National Engineers Week is the week in February which encompasses George Washington’s actual birthday, February 22. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.
The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with Washington’s Birthday. Historians credit Washington as one of the nation’s first engineers, notably for his work in surveying.