Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day at UMass Amherst Hosts 224 Young Women


DATE:           Monday, Oct. 24

TIME:            8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLACE:         Campus Center Auditorium

An estimated 224 young women from 25 local high schools, including those in Springfield, Chicopee, Greenfield and Orange, will get the opportunity to explore the fields of engineering and computing through hands-on activities at the annual Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day Conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The aim of the program is to excite, inspire and encourage young women to pursue engineering or computer science as an academic track and career path.

Alaina Hanlon Adams, who earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from UMass Amherst and is the CEO at HealthyNation, is the keynote speaker. Her talk is at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium. 

One breakout session is “The Ice Cream Game—Introduction to Industrial Engineering through Supply Chain Management.” Another is “Intro to Environmental Engineering—Don’t Get Your Community Sick, Stop the Contamination Quick!” A third activity is called “Chibitronics! Introduction to Electrical Engineering through Story Telling and Art.”

The visiting students will also be able to view demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology and mingle with industry representatives from BAE, General Dynamics, Google, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Verizon, Vista Print (a Cimpress Company) and Woodard & Curran. Teachers and counselors from the participating high schools will learn about opportunities in engineering and computing, as well as admission to the College of Engineering and the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst.