Memphis – On Tuesday, February 19, over 300 students from the Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering (MASE) arrived at Christian Brothers University (CBU) to discover what is engineering and to explore the careers that they can enter upon earning an engineering degree. The students attended a presentation by the CBU engineering faculty and IBM representatives, Greg Dodson Consulting IT Architect and Jay Dennis, Client Executive, in the University Theater; and then observed demonstrations in the engineering labs ranging from instrumentation to environmental.
The MASE visit is part of the activities at CBU and IBM to celebrate National Engineer’s Week (EWeek), a coalition of more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies, began in 1951. It’s held each year around the time of George Washington’s birthday who, as a surveyor, is often considered America’s first engineer. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts, EWeek also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineering contributions to society.
IBM, a long-time supporter of Engineers Week and national lead corporate sponsor in 1992 and 2001, co-sponsored the MASE visit. Dot Neale, IBM Corporate Citizenship Manager in Memphis states, “IBM embraces EWeek as a global celebration of the engineering profession. By supporting EWeek, IBM hopes to encourage future engineers and to develop a stronger, more diverse engineering profession as we meet the challenges of a rapidly expanding, global workforce.”
CBU is committed to providing educational opportunities to middle and high school students that allow them to explore the vast careers available in the engineering fields. “Our engineering faculty is dedicated to offering workshops, seminars, tours, and presentations to all middle and high schools to help them develop an understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. They strive for CBU to be an engineering resource for all students in the Mid-South area,” explained Eric Welch, CBU School of Engineering dean.
MASE, a math and science preparatory school, was Tennessee’s first charter school founded in 2003. Tommie Henderson serves as the principal. Since technology, math, science and engineering are cornerstones of success in many careers, MASE utilizes creative methods and venues to exposes students to technology. This visit to CBU represents one of the many ways that MASE exposes their students to the field of engineering. ###