May 22, 2019 – In celebration of DiscoverE’s Global Day of the Engineer, over 150 Sargent & Lundy employees across various offices took part in a catapult challenge benefiting Engineers Without Borders USA. The one-day event unites engineering employers, educational institutions, governmental bodies, and engineering associations to recognize the meaningful work engineers do to make the world a better place.
As a company made up of engineers and professionals who support engineering work, Sargent & Lundy marked the occasion with a fun challenge to show off technical skills and ingenuity. The firm encouraged staff from all disciplines to design and build catapults using nothing but standard No. 2 pencils and rubber bands to see who could launch a mini-box of Nerds candy the farthest distance.
“Our engineers and engineers everywhere work tirelessly to tackle some of the most complex of challenges. Being an engineer certainly isn’t an easy job to have, but it’s an important one and we celebrate that on Global Day of the Engineer,” said Sargent & Lundy Executive Vice President of Finance & General Counsel Mike Helminski. Helminski, who has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Marquette University, was a participant in this year’s catapult challenge. “Participating in the catapult challenge is a fun, well-deserved break for our hardworking team and a great opportunity to raise money for the amazing work Engineers Without Borders does to help others through engineering projects.”
The firm congratulates the 2019 companywide Global Day of the Engineer Catapult Challenge champions:
- Kurt Westerman from Brentwood, Tennessee won the individual category launching his mini-box of Nerds candy an astounding distance of 54’7”.
- Joe Stoney and James Murphy from Wilmington, Delaware won the team category launching their mini-box of Nerds candy a distance of 43’3”.
- James Jensen from Chattanooga, Tennessee won the company owner category launching his mini-box of Nerds candy a distance of 17’.
This is Sargent & Lundy’s second consecutive year hosting the catapult challenge.