Published Wednesday Jul 11, 2018
High school students from around the state of Tennessee are having a chance to learn about the different facets of engineering at one of the top engineering schools in the nation – Tennessee Tech.
Named one of the Best Value Engineering schools of 2018, Tech is hosting the Explorations in Engineering and Computing Summer Camp this week for 24 rising high school seniors. The College of Engineering created the week-long camp in an effort to increase diversity and develop future engineers around the state.
“We want to grow as large as we can and encourage as many students to consider engineering as possible,” said Tony Marable, director of diversity in Engineering at Tech. “We want to strengthen our programs here with a lot of multicultural backgrounds. We want to encourage minority students from all parts of Tennessee to consider Tennessee Tech.”
Students have traveled from Memphis, Jackson, Chattanooga, Knoxville and the middle Tennessee area to learn about chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, general and basic engineering, manufacturing and engineering technology, and mechanical engineering.
“I’m interested in engineering because I like math,” said Micah Owens, who is homeschooled through Daniel 1 Academy in Cookeville. “I think I want to go into law, but engineering is a universal-type thing and has something for everyone.”
While staying on campus, the students live in a residence hall, experience campus life and get the inside story on available majors and financial support while meeting successful graduates and getting career advice. They get to know the many careers in engineering, computing and technology while experiencing hands-on projects with Tech professors and students.
“I’ve learned a lot about cybersecurity and the different types of engineering like mechanical and civil engineering,” said Chrissy Taylor, who attends Jackson Central-Merry Early College High School in Jackson.
Students will continue to learn about engineering the rest of the week while attending dinners hosted by professors, current students and alumni and participating in fun events like the canoe challenge.
“It’s nice being away from home and being in a different city,” said Zapouria Wadley, who attends Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. “I’m enjoying getting to know people who are interested in the things that I am interested in and making new friends.”
The College of Engineering is Tech’s largest college with more than 2,600 undergraduate, 100 masters and 100 doctoral students. In a study conducted by Best Value Schools to find the top engineering programs in the nation, Tennessee Tech ranked 25th overall and No. 1 in the state of Tennessee.
Tech graduate student Josh Daugherty talks to participants of the Exploration in Engineering and Computing Summer Camp as assistant professor Ethan Languri of the mechanical engineering department looks on.
Students participating in the Explorations in Engineering and Computing Summer Camp learn about Tech's baja car from mechanical engineering professor Dale Wilson during a tour of the College of Engineering.