Alumni Events

Your classmates and fellow alumni look forward to seeing you at a SEAS event in your area or back on campus. Catch up, network or party with other Penn Engineering alums. Here's what we're up to...

Alumni Weekend

Held by Penn Alumni Relations, Alumni Weekend is a chance to return to campus for a long weekend. Walk around Penn, see what's new, attend school events or lectures and re-connect with friends, mentors and memories. We hope to see you there. Check out the events photo archive for pictures from this year and years past. Alumni Weekend for 2016 will be held on the weekend of May 14 - 15.

Summer Barbecue for Grad Students

One day each summer, the Engineering Alumni Society fires up a huge charcoal grill and cooks up burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers for the graduate engineering students. This event encourages grad students who are stuck on campus for the summer to get out of their labs to enjoy at least one day of bright Philadelphia summer sunshine. Students who rarely see each other get a chance to chat over a typical American barbecue lunch. An Alumni Society event for over ten years, the barbecue has now become a tradition. Check out the events photo archive for pictures from this and past years. The next barbeque will be held on July 21, 2016.

Patent Forum

The Engineering Alumni Society organizes and hosts a biannual forum dedicated to providing all University students and alumni a simple look at patents. It brings together speakers from Comcast, Johnson & Johnson, Penn Center for Innovation, and top law firms to explain the basic content of a patent, discuss careers in patent law, how patent licensing works and the University's patent policy. After an hour-long presentation on these topics, the forum is opened to answer any questions from attendees. The Patent Presentation was most recently held on March 25, 2015.


Homecoming 2015 for the University was held on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Check out the events photo archive for pictures from years past.

Student Engagement Committee

The Engineering Alumni Society, through the Student Engagement Committee, collaborates with student organizations at SEAS providing alumni contacts for student events. Currently, the Student Engagement Committee is organizing a series of networking dinners with alumni and the student groups. In previous years, career panels were held. The Committee is also exploring arranging talks with alumni and holding more career events. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sevile Mannickarottu (ESE’99) via email at or Jay Olman (MEAM ‘08) at .

The Benefits of Professional Licensure Seminar

The EAS Board hosts a biannual presentation open to all engineering students on the topic of licensure as a Professional Engineer. The seminar includes answers to questions such as "What is professional
licensure?"; "What benefits do licensed professionals enjoy?"; and "How does one become licensed?" The seminar is given by members of the Engineering Alumni Society who are licensed professionals, with supplemental information in the form of brochures and videos provided by the National Society of Professional Engineers." The most recent Professional Licensure Seminar was held in March, 2016.

Senior Design Competition

Each year, the Penn Engineering Alumni Society sponsors a Senior Design Project Competition for undergraduate engineering seniors at Penn Engineering. This competition assembles together the winning senior design project teams from each of Penn’s engineering majors. Each of these design teams presents their accomplishments to a panel of “real world” judges who collectively represent a diverse set of technology disciplines. Click here to learn more about this great event. The 2016 Senior Design Competition was held on Thursday, April 28.

Alumni Society Awards

Engineering Alumni Society E. Stuart Eichert, Jr. Award: The Engineering Alumni Society's E. Stuart Eichert, Jr. Student Award is given annually  by The Engineering Alumni Society to that student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science who, during his or her junior  year, best exemplifies  the characteristics of selfless service to the University and the Community.

S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award: The S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award is presented annually by the undergraduate student body and the Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students at the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The D. Robert Yarnall Award: The most prestigious of the alumni society's awards, is presented each year at the Senior Awards Dinner to a distinguished alumnus who has enhanced the image of the University of Pennsylvania by making outstanding contributions to society in the field of engineering--in public service, private industry, or education. For more information on the award, click here.The 2016 Yarnall Award presentation was held on Thursday, April 28.