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DO THE MATH 2007

Clark College and WSU Vancouver (WSUV) teamed up with industry partners led by the firm of MacKay & Sposito, Inc. on March 9 to encourage high school students to explore careers in engineering.   “Do the Math 2007” was held in buildings across the WSU Vancouver campus, including Clark College at WSUV.   

Clark instructor Bill Wheeler shares his passion for engineering.
Clark instructor Bill Wheeler shares his passion for engineering.

The WSU Vancouver Center for Youth Workforce Preparation assisted in coordinating the event and MacKay & Sposito, Inc. specializing in civil engineering,  and host of engineers from the public and private sector volunteered their time and effort to put together very interesting sessions.
Dr. Robin Terjeson, Dean of Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering at Clark College
Dr. Robin Terjeson, Dean of Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering at Clark College (seen in the photo on the left), and Hakan Gurocak, Director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Vancouver, welcomed the students.   They were joined by Cecelia McClure, Project Manager for MacKay & Sposito, Inc.   

Clark faculty members Tina Barsotti, Izad Khormaee and Bill Wheeler were among the many who volunteered their time to lead the “Do the Math 2007” sessions.  Students could choose two of the 36 different sessions. Topics included land surveying, the semiconductor industry, motor technology, robotics and Macro/Micro/Nano Technology.


Robin Terjeson felt the event, which drew over 300 students from high schools throughout the region,  was successful on several levels.  She noted that “Students were able to participate in activities that illustrated what engineers do each day, talk with engineers about their careers and studies, find out about engineering degree opportunities in southwest Washington, both at Clark and at WSU Vancouver, and above all, why math is such an important tool in engineering.”

A student receives coaching from a WSU Vancouver instructor.
A student receives coaching from a WSU Vancouver instructor.

Robin Terjeson felt the event, which drew over 300 students from high schools throughout the region,  was successful on several levels.  She noted that “Students were able to participate in activities that illustrated what engineers do each day, talk with engineers about their careers and studies, find out about engineering degree opportunities in southwest Washington, both at Clark and at WSU Vancouver, and above all, why math is such an important tool in engineering.”
   
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