PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: March 14, 2006
High school juniors and seniors to experience engineering opportunities
DEARBORN---Local high school juniors and seniors will get to explore
opportunities in the fields of engineering and computer science from 8:45
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the College of Engineering
and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
The students will be drawn from a variety of regional high schools who
registered for the program earlier this spring.
The highlight of the day will be the competition for scholarships and
cash prizes in either an engineering or computer science competition.
In addition, participants will meet current UM-Dearborn engineering students,
view projects such as award-winning Mini-Baja cars and robots, tour the
college and learn about its engineering programs.
"Engineering enrollment is suffering in all areas of the United
States. The popular opinion is that all engineering jobs are being sent
to the old Third World countries when in fact this is simply not true,"
according to John Cole, president of Cole Engineering and chair of UM-Dearborn's
engineering alumni affiliate. "What is true is that the mundane and
menial engineering jobs are being outsourced to China and India, but the
high-value engineering jobs are remaining in the hands of United States-born
and educated engineers. Our intent with this engineering experience day
is to highlight that the professions of engineering and computer science
are alive and well in the United States. The only suffering they are experiencing
is a lack of students entering into these fields."