In celebration of national Engineer Week, the SAME Huntington Post hosted its 18th annual Engineering Career Day. The event, held Feb. 24 on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, W.V., attracted 133 students from three states who have expressed interest in engineering and science. Additionally, nearly 100 teachers, exhibitors, workshop leaders, and Huntington Post members participated.Mark Kessinger, F.SAME, who sits on the event organizing committee, said, "This event gives kids who are interested in math and science an opportunity to get a better understanding of what engineering is all about. It's an informative day, and it's fun!"
The students attended workshops, viewed exhibits, interacted with engineers, and received lunch and door prizes. In the most popular workshops, students took part in a chemistry "magic show" and used laptops to design bridges with West Point's "bridge contest" software. In the exhibition hall, students saw demonstrations of engineering concepts and interacted with leaders in the field who provided career advice and encouragement.The Post capped the afternoon with a catered luncheon, during which it presented $5,000 in scholarships to deserving students who plan to obtain engineering degrees. At the luncheon, Col. Robert Peterson, USA, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District, spoke on the importance of engineering to the nation, and Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe was on hand to officially proclaim the day "Engineering Career Day" in the city. Keynote speaker Natalie Tennant, West Virginia's Secretary of State, reminded students of outstanding accomplishments achieved through engineering.
Post President Ken Woodard concluded, "The Huntington Post was proud to host Engineering Career Day for so many students. Our country desperately needs—and will continue to need—engineers and scientists. We hope this event opened the students' eyes to career possibilities in engineering."Kerry Ballew, Huntington Post Communications Chair