Engineering Day 2008
The Engineering Day celebration that took place on February 20 at SUNY New Paltz attracted 1200+ students from 36 secondary schools. It was hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and organized and executed with incredible driving force by its Engineering Advisory Board.
It featured a keynote speaker, company kiosk presentations/ activities, and even a student workshop. Let the pictures speak for themselves.
Michael Watts and his 7th grade Technology students from Highland School arriving to the SUNY New Paltz Wellness Center
Keynote speaker Dr. Wendy Arienzo, Vice President of Manufacturing Services at NXP Semiconductors addressing her young audience. She explained the incredible advances in engineering needed for video games to evolve from their early stages to the level of quality that we enjoy today. Sitting behind her, from left to right, are Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and College President Steve Poskanzer
Student Lorenzo Mazzuca, son of Engineering Advisory Board member Steve Mazzuca, is about to use a Surveyors Leveling instrument at a booth sponsored by Dutchess Community College.
Who said that engineering does not awaken curiosity? It was curiosity the driving force that brought engineering and technology to their current status. And it is curiosity the force that will drive our youngsters into the advances that we need in a near future.
Who said that engineering does not produce satisfaction? This young student’ smile reflects a feeling that former Nobel prize-winner Richard Feynman used to describe as: ‘the pleasure of figuring things out’.
Making Butterfly Wings Move. The picture shows three happy young students who have just completed their workshop project. The project demonstrated energy conversion from electrical to mechanical. More specifically, the project was about controlling the flow of electricity through a ‘muscle wire’ that was mechanically attached to butterfly-like wings.