Engineering Week has a long history of presenting competitions, fundraisers, and acclaimed guest speakers on WU’s campus. Since the first decades of the twentieth century, the School of Engineering has held an annual Engineer’s Day showcasing the ingenuity of its students. Most commonly, students made and presented displays of their latest work.
Engineering Day has often included an appearance by St. Patrick, the engineers’ chosen patron saint, generally accompanied by students in the costumes of medieval knights. St. Patrick crowned a King of Engineers during the day’s festivities.
By the 1920s, the Engineer’s Council also presented the Spring Masque, in honor of St. Pat, complete with elaborate costumes. At that ball, they crowned the Engineer’s Queen, who would appear richly attired in each spring’s issue of the Hatchet.
In later years, students built a pedestrian bridge on the Quad and began hosting egg-drop and paper airplane competitions. The content of each annual engineering celebration has changed from decade to decade, but “EnWeek” remains a popular and well-attended event on campus.