Area female high school students will once again have the opportunity to discover career opportunities in engineering and engineering technology. Sauk Valley Community College will host its annual Women in Engineering and Technology Day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at Sauk.
The event will feature students participating in hands-on projects, a keynote speaker, and more. To give students hand-on experience in engineering, Dr. Charles Atchley, professor of physics and engineering, will help participants design and build a solar-electric vehicle that features a solar energy conversion panel. And, to give students hand-on experience in engineering technology, Steve McPherson, assistant professor of electronics and technology, will help students build an LED flasher (transistor controlled) or an electronic decision maker (555 timer IC controlled) with an LED display.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Megan Small, an engineer in the structural division of Willett Hofmann & Associates in Dixon. She will speak at 10:35 a.m., in Room 2K2. Small will discuss her engineering education and experiences and will answer questions about what an engineer’s responsibilities and the preparations that are necessary to become an engineer. Small, who has designed county and township bridges for the past three years, holds an engineering degree in structural/transportation engineering (a division of civil engineering) from the University of Illinois. A Mendota High School graduate, she also earned an associate degree from Illinois Valley Community College.
For more information and/or registration materials, contact Dr. Charles Atchley at 815/288-5511, ext. 215, Steve McPherson at ext. 347, or Sharon Lindahl, coordinator of Partnership for College and Career, at 815/835-6381.