Annual Mr. Engineer Contest benefits THON

January 25, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 12th annual "Mr. Engineer" mock beauty pageant will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 9, in Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center 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 Valentine's Day. The winner will receive a prize, as well as 20 percent of the event's profit credited to his represented organization's THON fundraising total.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $3 in Kunkle Lounge from Feb. 4-6. They will be sold at the door for $5.

The contest invites male engineering students to boast their "brain and brawn" through three categories: "nerdy" wear, professional wear and a talent competition.

During the "nerdy" wear portion, contestants poke fun of engineering stereotypes by donning attire and accessories 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 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.

College of Engineering faculty members will serve as judges.

Kaylyn Hannon, senior in bioengineering and SWE secretary, said, "Mr. Engineer is something SWE looks forward to every year. It's a lot of fun and it raises money for an excellent cause!"

For more information, contact Hannon at

  • 2011 Mr. Engineer Contestant

    A student competes in the 2011 Mr. Engineer mock beauty pageant sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers. This year's contest, which benefits THON, will be held Feb. 9 in the HUB.

    IMAGE: Curtis Chan
Last Updated January 27, 2015