Young Engineer Summer Camp (YES)

Midwestern State University Young Engineer Summer Camp
Sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation

June 24 - June 28, 2013

 

Previous years' Young Engineer Summer (YES) Camp was a phenomenal success with high school students attending from various parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

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Young Engineer Summer Camp
Announcement

 

The purpose of this Young Engineer Summer Camp (a mixed-gender day program for high school students) program is to recruit prospective students from the state of Texas and surrounding states. This week-long summer camp is designed to enhance participants' interest in engineering as a potential career, and develop analytical skills needed for college-level courses.

Sponsored by the ALCOA Foundation and Midwestern State University

Professor Sheldon Wang (Director)
Professor Jan Brink (Co-Director)
Professor Dale McDonald (Co-Director)
Professor Salim Azzouz (Co-Director)

With the merging interests in nano- and micro-scale science and engineering as well as quantitative understanding of biological and other complex systems, engineering education is becoming more and more multidisciplinary and dependent on basic science and mathematics. Many areas of research are rapidly advancing due to the combined efforts of science and engineering. In some cases, fields of research that were stagnant under the exclusive domain of one discipline have been rejuvenated with new discoveries through collaboration with practitioners from other disciplines.

The McCoy School of Engineering at Midwestern State University is well positioned to pursue this multidisciplinary engineering education model, since our School of Engineering is within the College of Science and Mathematics. Currently, the McCoy School of Engineering has about 200 undergraduate students.


 

The overall objectives of Midwestern State University Young Engineer Summer (MSU YES) Camp are:

  • to provide participants with an introduction of basic science and mathematics necessary for various disciplines of engineering;
  • to motivate high school students to further studies in fields related to science and technology; and
  • to introduce Midwestern State University and Wichita Falls, TX to prospective students in the state of Texas and surrounding states.


The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the following in regard to "job outlook" for engineers: "Employment of engineers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations over the next decade, but growth will vary by specialty. Biomedical engineers should experience the fastest growth, while civil engineers should see the largest employment increase. Overall job opportunities engineering are expected to be good." Furthermore, sevenTexas cities, ranked throughout the list of the Top 25 Best Places to Move in America by Forbes.com, are not far from Wichita Falls. Due to the large number of local and regional manufacturers, it is clear that demand for a mechanical and manufacturing oriented interdisciplinary engineering degree is high.

 

The week-long MSU YES Camp will be offered by the McCoy School of Engineering from June 24 to June 28, 2013 and will cover background information related to basic science and mathematics as well as field trips and engineering project competitions. The material is presented at a level accessible to high school juniors, seniors, and graduates. Emphasis is on fundamental knowledge of immediate use in contemporary engineering curricula. The instructors are experienced teachers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering. Multi-media instructional materials will be used along with some fun engineering projects using LEGO robotics and CNC manufacturing tools. Scholarships will be awarded based on the overall performance in particular results from engineering project competition of attendees.

 

The McCoy School of Engineering at Midwestern State University has two engineering programs accredited by ABET. The Mechanical Engineering (MENG) program is accredited through the Engineering Accreditation Committee (EAC), the engineering branch within ABET. The Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MENT) program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Committee (TAC), the technology branch within ABET. The MENT program will be replaced by a new Interdisciplinary Engineering (IEGR) program in Fall 2010. The mission of the interdisciplinary engineering program is to provide each graduate with a foundation of knowledge and training upon which to build a successful career in fields spanning multiple engineering disciplines. This interdisciplinary engineering program focuses on mechanical, manufacturing, and sustainable energy systems.

Graduates of the program are well grounded in scientific, mathematical, and engineering knowledge through curricular activities that reflect technological advances. This is achieved by honing their ability to analyze, synthesize, and design engineering systems, communicate information, understand and appreciate the need for life-long learning.

Midwestern State University is a leading public liberal arts university in the state of Texas and is a member of Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The university has an enrollment of approximately 6400 with a student body composed of 70% white, 9% African-American, 9% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 9% International. Midwestern is located in Wichita Falls, Texas, midway between Oklahoma City and Dallas-Fort Worth-approximately two-hour drive from either city. It is accessible from international ports through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).