MEMPHIS — The CBU School of Engineering hosted a week-long summer program called “Future Women Engineers” for high school girls from various Memphis area schools. Dr. Divya Choudhary was the program coordinator.
Each day of the program, the students spent half the day in a hands-on engineering workshop. For the other half, they went on an industrial tour related to that particular area of engineering. The half-day workshops were conducted by Dr. Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering), Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering), and Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging workshop). Ms. Leslie Herlihy, Mr. Robert Moats, and Mr. Henry Rhodes helped with the program and workshops.
Only 40 girls were accepted into this competitive program. CBU engineering lab technician Bob Moats said that this program is a great opportunity for these students. "It is a wonderful program that exposes young smart people to something that they couldn’t get anywhere else. CBU is the only university equipped to do it."
The students also agree that the program is beneficial.
“I have learned a lot about how you can apply the experiments we learned in the industrial world,”said Phoebe Anderson, a sophomore at White Station High-School. “We went on tours to actually understand how these things work that we see and use every day.”
Destiny Blalock, a senior at Kipp Delta, traveled from Helena, AR to participate in the program. “The most important thing that I have learned this week is that engineering will always be around,” she said. There will always be jobs available because engineering is simply about creating things. I am most excited to really know that female engineering has emerged and will continue to do so in the future.”
The program was funded by CBU trustee, Mr. Richard Gadomski.