Women in Engineering Day at UMass Amherst Set for Oct. 30 in Campus Center

AMHERST, Mass. - Interactive engineering displays will be the highlight of this year’s Women in Engineering Career Day Monday, Oct. 30, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium, at the University of Massachusetts. More than 175 local and regional high school girls interested in engineering, plus their guidance counselors and teachers, are expected to attend.

"Career Day gives young women a chance to learn about the growing field of engineering and the courses they need to take in high school to prepare for such a field," said Vanessa Rivera, assistant dean of student affairs for the College of Engineering. This year’s Career Day will also feature displays by local industry, including a travelling space suit from Hamilton Sundstrand, product displays by IBM and Tighe & Bond, and an infrared camera and a wide-area surveillance system demonstration from Raytheon Systems Co., among others. Students will have a chance to meet with industry representatives and UMass women engineering faculty, alumnae, and current UMass students. The high school students also will have some hands-on time with the displays and will be able to take pictures with the infrared camera.

Students from more than 25 high schools will attend, including area high schools such as Agawam, Westfield, Chicopee, and Belchertown, as well as more distant schools such as Mt. Greylock Regional, Weymouth, St. Joseph Central, and Quabbin Regional.

This year’s Career Day is sponsored by Raytheon Systems Co., Hamilton Sundstrand, IBM, and Tighe & Bond. A list of events follows:

* 8:45 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.: Interactive engineering displays

* 9:45 a.m.: A brief talk, "Why Engineering?" by Dean Joseph I. Goldstein

* 10:10 a.m.: A panel of women in engineering, including UMass alumnae and faculty, will talk about their experiences as engineers and will answer questions.

* 11:10 a.m.: A panel of UMass women engineering students will give their perspectives on engineering and will answer questions.

* Noon -1 p.m.: Interactive engineering displays, plus information on UMass admissions, financial services, the University’s Campus Career Network, housing, and Commonwealth College.

NOTE: Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the event. For more information, contact Karen Skolfield at 413/545-6392 or skolfiel@ecs.umass.edu.