Annual Women in Engineering Day Welcomes 80 Students to U of I
October 18, 2017
About 80 high achieving students from around Idaho and Washington will participate in the 24th annual Women in Engineering Day event at the University of Idaho this Friday, Oct. 20.
Hosted by the College of Engineering, the one-day workshop for high school women in grades 11-12 is designed to introduce students to academic and career options in engineering and computer science.
This year, the college expects about 60 students from Idaho and 20 from Washington, including from Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Sagle, and Walla Walla and Spokane Valley, Washington.
The fun begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Litehouse Center in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. The teams will face a two-hour design challenge created by the U of I student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE is a national organization that empowers women to succeed, advance and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. This year’s design task challenges the students to create a water filtration system facing a fixed supplies list, a limited budget and time constraints.
“The point is to make the mechanism cost effective and efficient,” said Emily Kaschmitter, a biological engineering major and UI-SWE outreach chair. “We’re going to throw in some things that you could use but aren’t as useful to the system, which they need to be able to figure out.”
Students will work in teams to come up with a filtration prototype. Engineering faculty and members of SWE will evaluate each team’s ability to work together, how effectively they deploy resources, the effectiveness of the filtration system. All participants receive scholarships toward future undergraduate engineering education at UI.
Participants and their parents will have the opportunity to tour engineering labs and facilities, talk with faculty and current students and even eat lunch at the recently renovated dining hall, The Hub.
The day wraps up with a presentation by U of I alumna Susan Linch ’94, whose speech is titled “Find the Voice who Says You Can.” Linch will speak at 2 p.m. in the Integrated Research and Innovation Center Atrium.
Linch is a civil engineering graduate and a systems engineering and integration lead engineer for the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Linch has played a vital role in major NASA space missions including: Atlas II, III, and V, Mars ’98 and ’01, Mars Odyssey, Mars Phoenix, Genesis, Stardust, AAT, Spirit and Opportunity, Juno, MRO, Curiosity, and GOES-R Series.
Women in Engineering Day is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering and the U of I student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. For additional information visit www.uidaho.edu/wie.
Learn more about the UI student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and their work to bust national trends by promoting the field to younger generations of female students at www.uidaho.edu/engr/news/features/busting-national-trends.
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