McNeese State University mechanical engineering students Prayush Rayamajhi, seated, and Olanrewaju Adiro demonstrate 3D gaming technology that applies to engineering research in the classroom. This state-of-the-art equipment will be on display during the upcoming open houses sponsored by the McNeese College of Engineering and Engineering Technology as part of National Engineers Week 2012 activities.
A recent survey on how to get more American teens interested in engineering as a career - commissioned by international computing technology leader Intel Corp. - found that exposure to any facts about engineering, especially about what engineers do and how much money they earn, motivated more than half of teenagers to say they are more likely to consider engineering as a profession.
Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the McNeese State University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, agrees. "At McNeese, we offer opportunities that raise awareness about the engineering profession and the programs McNeese offers."
The college will host open houses for the community and for high school juniors and seniors as part of National Engineers Week
2012 activities Feb. 27-28. Both events include tours of departmental and campus facilities and project demonstrations by McNeese students in the areas of civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as engineering technology disciplines.
On Monday, Feb. 27, a community open house will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Drew Hall and the Engineering Technology Lab Building. "Interested students of all ages and their parents, as well as other community members, are invited to campus to ask questions, tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about the engineering profession," said Kiritsis.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, more than 400 students from 14 high schools in Louisiana and Texas will attend an open house from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. "During these tours, the visiting students can talk with McNeese faculty and students as well as participate in various contests of skills and aptitude for prizes," said Kiritsis.
McNeese once again is sponsoring the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Powered "Dragster" Car Race for the visiting high schools. The CO2 cars are self-propelled cars built out of balsa wood and are raced two at a time on a 30-foot long track. The model cars will be competing in two categories--speed and artistic design. First, second and third place team winners in both categories will be awarded prizes. Each team includes three students.
Also, the college is sponsoring a robotics tournament involving teams from Calcasieu Parish middle schools and the final competition will also be held during National Engineers Week. The program is designed to interest middle school students in engineering and science.
"By offering these students real-world, hands-on engineering experience and interaction through competitions like these, we hope they will develop an interest in engineering and pursue it here at McNeese," said Kiritsis.
For more information, call Kiritsis at 337-475-5857. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.