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).