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Engeneering Day to bring 1,000 students from four counties

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host 1,000 students from a four-county region in an allday event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to celebrate National Engineers Week. The theme of the event, “New Faces of Engineering,” is designed to introduce students to the exciting world of engineering.

In conjunction with the theme, this year’s keynote speaker for 9th-through 12th grade students is a female engineer from NASA. Jill Holz is currently the robotics manager for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Servicing and De-orbit Mission. With dual masters in Applied Physics and Engineering Management, she has been responsible for the design, development and qualification of a wide array of unique and specialized tools used by the astronauts to service the telescope.

Throughout the day, 7th through 12th grade students from 31 school districts in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties will have the opportunity to experience what engineers do by participating in hands-on projects, including the creation of their own fiber-optic circuit system. They will visit displays of stateof- the-art products designed by professional engineers from more than 40 hightech companies, including materials from IBM’s museum collection, NASA, Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot and LEGO.

New this year, 7th-and 8th-grade students will see the “Lisa Lou’s Anti Gravity Show,” which includes a floating beach ball to explain flight; peacock feathers to explain balance; and a madcap plate spinning routine that explains the center of gravity. Lisa B. Louis is a graduate of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College who, over the last 15 years, has presented her circus skills from Nagasaki, Japan to Atlantic City, N.J.

Also new this year there will be a Science, Engineering and Business Career Fair from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Elting Gym. Engineering, science and business majors will have an exclusive opportunity to “speed network” their way to a job or internship.

Contact the Career Resource Center at x3265 for more information.

FEBRUARY 13, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 3

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