Christian Brothers University (CBU) faculty and IBM representatives hosted the Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering (MASE) eighth grade class on February 9, 2010 to celebrate National Engineer’s Week (EWeek). This week is part of a campaign, founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, designed to expose future generations to engineering in various modes and to ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.
Over 100 MASE students learned about the opportunities in the engineering field and toured St. Benilde Hall on the CBU campus as part of EWeek. This campus visit furthers CBU’s commitment to providing educational opportunities to middle and high school students to explore the vast careers available in the engineering fields. “As engineers and educators, we’re always looking for opportunities to introduce young people to our profession. Securing the future of engineering is an important emphasis of National Engineer’s Week and there isn’t a better time to reach out to the community. Working with IBM and MASE allows CBU Engineering to share the challenges and rewards of engineering with the next generation,” explains Dr. Eric Welch, School of Engineering dean.
IBM has been a Corporate Affiliate of EWeek for 21 consecutive years and has increased company representation in the program across the country each year. Locally, IBM is co-sponsor of MASE’s on-campus visit at CBU. Dot Neale, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager in Memphis, states “We placed special emphasis on diversifying our volunteer base and focusing our technical education outreach activities on young women and underrepresented minorities.”
MASE, a math and science preparatory school founded in 2003, was the first charter school in Tennessee. Its focus is on giving students the tools and opportunities they will need to be a member of the 21st century workforce. MASE accepts students regardless of test scores or grades, who attend schools that are failing to make adequate yearly progress as determined by the State’s accountability standards or who are in “at-risk” situations as defined by the Tennessee Charter School Act of 2002.
Students and representatives from more than 50 corporations and government agencies and over 75 engineering, professional and technical societies across the country participated in EWeek, celebrating the engineering profession.