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April 30, 2013

Taste of Engineering event draws record number of attendees

Students listen to presentations during the Stay With It event.
Computer science students show others how to make binary code necklaces. (Photo: Jessica Wilson) See more photos below.

More than 250 students, faculty and staff in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University packed two rooms in Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus in February for “Taste of Engineering,” an annual event hosted by the Women in Engineering program.

Taste of Engineering, which began in 2007, encourages female students to pursue science, technology and engineering at the university. Students can interact with engineering and computer science faculty, speak with representatives from the Career Development Center (CDC) about their professional goals, and explore each department by participating in hands-on activities. The program attracts prospective students as well as currently enrolled students who are undecided or in another college.

For Morgan Davis, a freshman in NC State’s First Year College, the event was a way to help her narrow down which engineering field will work best for her.

“My advisor told me about this event,” Davis said. “It’s really nice to see that NC State has a lot of women pursuing engineering, math and science.”

This year’s event, held for the first time on Centennial Campus, included edible demos like “nuclear” hot wings, nitrogen ice cream and dry-ice punch and a variety of activities and games.

Students interested in civil, construction, and environmental engineering were given paper and paper clips and challenged to build a mini-bridge that could hold the most pennies. Potential electrical engineering students made light-emitting diode (LED) bracelets. Attendees who wanted to learn more about computer science created binary code necklaces. ¬†Eleven of the College’s departments, along with the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and the CDC, participated.

The event was sponsored by GE and Fluor, and the companies were available for internship and career opportunity inquiries.

“I was very excited to see so many female students coming to this event,” said Kaelin Saul, a junior in biological and agricultural engineering who showed up to support the event. “It’s a great opportunity to find out more about engineering at NC State and what it has to offer them.”

The Women in Engineering Program coordinates, educates and sponsors a variety of programs for women, including peer and professional mentoring programs and social and informative events.

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