On March 27, 60 middle school girls visited the University at Buffalo campus to take part in “Expanding Your Horizons,” a program which encourages interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on, inquiry-based activities. MCEER’s Andrea Dargush participated in the day-long program by giving a presentation and engaging participants in a critical thinking activity on earthquake resistant design.
The event is part of a program held in cities across the U.S. and designed to boost the low representation of women in science and technology by focusing on girls in middle school. The program includes hands-on activities, interaction with female scientists and engineers, and programs for parents on how to encourage their daughters in these fields. Materials developed for the program will be made available for download from the MCEER web site. Funding for the program is derived primarily from the Office of the Vice President for Research at UB, the Great Lakes program and New York Sea Grant. Additional sponsors include Verizon and the Society of American Women in Science.
On March 13, Andre Filiatrault and Andrea Dargush, MCEER, and Jeff Berman, MCEER SLC President, participated in the Technical Societies Council Engineering Seminar for High School students. The annual event, focused on attracting high school students to undergraduate studies and careers in engineering, was held on the University at Buffalo campus to an audience of more than 450 people. The program featured prominent speakers in engineering and was complemented by several exhibits, demonstrations and tours by engineering societies, government organizations, companies and institutions. Professor Filiatrault gave the closing presentation on “Earthquake Engineering: Hazards and Mitigation.”
part of National Engineers Week, MCEER staff and students
joined representatives from several other western New York engineering societies,
engineering firms and colleges and universities to host the MCEER booth at
an annual outreach event at a local mall. MCEER representatives were on hand
to discuss earthquake engineering education and career opportunities, as well
as to provide hands-on earthquake activities for both students and teachers.
The Mall Day event was one of a host of activities conducted throughout the
country in recognition of National Engineers Week, an awareness raising campaign
intended to celebrate the contributions of engineering to society and to stimulate
interest in engineering as a potential career.