By ALEXIA HINTON
Grambling State University Media Bureau
High school students from across northern Louisiana participated in various engineering contests, and some walked away with awards.
The Grambling State University College of Engineering held its 10th annual Clayton A. Wiley “Engineering Week” with activities on Monday, Tuesday and wrapped up the series of activities hosting high schoolers, proving tours of the engineering facility, the university campus and feeding them the university cafeteria with university officials and engineering faculty.
About 100 students from Ruston High School, Jonesboro High School and Carroll High School attended a day of creative brainstorming and competitions involving mechanical puzzles, electrical circuit design, bridge building design and a poster competition. Winners from each school received awards, even cash.
“I enjoyed the great turn out for today’s event,” said Colton Brown, an electrical mechanical lab technician. “The kids seemed motivated and I look forward to seeing an even bigger turn out in the future.”
The event honors Wiley, one of the founding members of the engineering department during the early 1950s. He was known as a student-oriented professor, and was responsible for the design of many buildings on campus. University Provost Connie Walton joined engineering graduate Eric Bowie and Tyrone Harris, owner of Harris Construction, each providing encouraging words. The day ended with a reception, including a hot buffet of catfish, a vegetable medley, green beans, rice pilaf and butter baked apple pie.
Daron Spence, president of the university’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter, added that he wants to see these students again, getting them interested in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) research by exposing them to different aspects of science.
Lots of university students know the face and name of Johnny Patterson, who leads a lot of career services efforts. Many don’t know he was an engineer before he became a key student advisor, counselor and mentor to many as director of career services on campus. He was recognized for his contributions to the Department of Engineering, and he was lauded with gratitude for helping students succeed and numerous contributions. Patterson was a little surprised, and humbled.
“I am surprised that so many remembered,” he said. “It was nothing special or challenging.”
Tyrone Harris of Harris Construction Company in Grambling delivers the keynote address during Engineering Week at Grambling State University.
Dr. Shueh-Ji Lee (right), GSU industrial and engineering technology professor, offers advice to area high school students checking out an electronics laboratory in Grambling State University’s James Hall.
Examining a bridge construction/design project during Engineering Week is Dr. Olusegun Adeyemi, head of the Grambling State University Industrial & Engineering Technology Department.
Students from Carroll High School (Monroe), Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Ruston High School participate in an Engineering Week activity held in James Hall at Grambling State University.
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