Engineering Day is a major effort to publicize the engineering programs at UMD, and to expose interested high school students to engineering and the different career choices available in this field. Working with representatives from Hibbing and Itasca Community Colleges, students will be bused from Iron Range high schools to UMD to participate in a program that provides them with information on the various engineering disciplines. Engineering Day has grown from 170 high school students in 1995, to over 450 students in each of the past six years. The goal of Engineering Day is to inspire interest in engineering among high school students and to encourage them to enroll in engineering programs at the community colleges and at UMD.
During the program for this year's Engineering Day, representatives from the departments of Chemical, Industrial, and Electrical and Computer Engineering will speak to the students about the various engineering disciplines and possible career directions. Ron Ulseth of Itasca Community College, and Bob Zbikowski of Hibbing Community College, will provide information about the academic programs and financial benefits of attending a community college for two years and then transferring to UMD.
After lunch in UMD's dining center, the students will tour the three engineering departments and facilities, and will have the opportunity to view demonstrations of various engineering equipment and displays. This year's demonstrations will take place between 11:30 AM and 1:50 PM, and consist of the following:
|ECE||MWAH 43||Energy Conversion|
|MWAH 102||Microcontrollers in Mobile Robots|
|MWAH 295||Laboratory for Intelligent Systems|
|IE||VKH 158||The Great Freshman Air Motor Show|
|VKH 152||Faster, Better, Cheaper: CNC Machining|
|VKH 148||R2-D2's Great Granddaddy: Evolution of an Automated Guided Vehicle|
|ChE||EB 163||Fuel Cells: Power of the Future|
|EB 163||Fluidized Bed Coating Technology|
|EB 165||Reverse Osmosis Water Purification|
The counselors and faculty who have accompanied the students to UMD for previous Engineering Days, have appreciated the opportunity made available to their students to learn what engineering is and what educational and career opportunities are available.
Financial Support consists of donations from these Minnesota companies: Great Lakes Transmission Co., Duluth; Hibbing Taconite Co., Hibbing; Lake Superior Section Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, Keewatin; IRRRB, Eveleth; Isplat Inland Mining Co., Virginia; Minnesota Power, Duluth; Noramco Engr. Corp., Hibbing; Potlatch Corp., Cloquet, Reptron (K-Byte/Hibbing Electronics), Hibbing, and Schott Foundation, Wayzata. Additional financial support is provided by UMD.