The eighth annual "Mr. Engineer" mock beauty pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 8, in Heritage Hall at the HUB on Penn State's University Park campus. The event is organized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and benefits the Penn State Panhellenic/Interfraternal Council Dance Marathon (THON).
This year's theme is "King of the Calculator." The winner of six contestants will receive a prize, as well as half of the event's profit credited to his represented organization's THON fundraising total.
Tickets are available in advance for $3 in Kunkle Lounge from Feb. 2-8. They will be sold at the door for $5.
The event allows male engineering students to boast their “brain and brawn” through three categories: "nerdy" wear, professional wear and a talent competition. The "nerdy" wear portion aims to poke fun at engineering stereotypes such as suspenders, tucked-in shirts, large glasses, pocket protectors and lab coats.
The professional wear portion requires contestants to wear business attire and answer interview questions -- including both serious and humorous questions.
The talent competition allows contestants to showcase something that sets them apart from the others. This portion has previously included comedy acts, raps and ballroom dancing.
The contest is judged by college faculty members, as well as Chandra Yoder, the mother of SWE's THON child, Aidan.
The contestants and their represented organizations are as follows: Wilson Claure, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Engineers Without Borders; Reinhardt Swart, Raw Aesthetic Movements; Atindra Garigipati, Delta Sigma Iota; Kieran Carlisle, Student Society of Architectural Engineers; Neil Huizenga, Engineering House and Mike Cymerman, American Society of Mechanical Engineers.