SOCORRO, N.M. February 13, 2003 -- In conjunction with next week's observance of National Engineering Week, New Mexico Tech will host two big events on its campus, which are designed to increase public awareness and appreciation of engineering professions and encourage precollege interest in science and technology.

"Engineering Weekend" at New Mexico Tech begins on Friday evening, February 14, with a get-acquainted dinner for participants at Macey Center.

On Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16, engineering faculty and students at Tech will host various departmental open houses, contests, and live demonstrations for about 100 professionals and students expected to attend Engineering Weekend.

On Monday, February 17, prospective students and their families will be treated throughout the day to informational presentations and tours of several campus facilities during "Research @ Tech Day."

Also in the spirit of National Engineering Week, Governor Bill Richardson is expected to officially proclaim February 15-16 as "New Mexico Engineering Weekend."

For more information about New Mexico Tech Engineering Weekend, call (505) 835-5525.