Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Project Sites & MVTECH

Developing Future Engineers.

"Project SITES is sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Engineers Executive Council to promote engineering and science careers to students in the 8th-10 grades in Central NY.

Local employers sponsor these students to show how math and science skills they acquire in the classroom are being used in industry."

The above was taken from the Life and Times of Utica newspaper but from a personal note I have seen over the past decade Bill Rudge of MVEEC put his heart and soul into this effort. What is particularly inspiring is that some of the past students have participated in MVEEC as practicing engineers years later. Project SITES will be on March 17th this year with the traditional lunch at the Lewis House.

Also in the month of March is the fourth annual Technology and Pre-Engineering sponsored by SUNY-IT. Elizabeth Rossi has done a superb job- I attended last year for the first time and was impressed by the student and company displays. More information is available at http://www.mvtech-showcase.sunyit.edu/

What I like about both events is that they plan for this area's future. Rather than lamenting the lack of people in technology and science careers, MVEEC and SUNY-IT of Utica and Rome are developing the next generation of people in these fields.


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