Gannon University Hosts Engineering Day

Posted: March 12, 2015

More than 70 students from Walnut Creek Middle School in Millcreek will receive an immersion in the many aspects of engineering at Gannon University's annual Engineering Day March 13 at 9 a.m.

The middle school students will take part in activities that introduce the concepts and techniques of engineering with the hope that by coming to have an intuitive understanding of engineering, students may choose to become engineers themselves. A parallel goal is to expose middle school children, especially those from groups that are typically underrepresented in the mechanical engineering community, to some basic ideas of the engineering field.

The students will hear from Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Business Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D., and Scott Steinbrink, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering, as well as from the student leaders of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapters at Gannon. Members of those organizations will staff the event and interact with the middle school students.

The Walnut Creek students will also get advice on the kinds of classes that will best prepare them for a college major in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines that are greatly in demand by employers.

Engineering Day is supported by a Diversity Action Grant from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME).