The Cameron University Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering has received a gift of $15,000 from AT&T in support of the university’s engineering program. The gift funds a bridge program for incoming freshmen who are pursuing an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Engineering degree via a one-week residential experience that introduces them to the engineering program.
“Because completing a degree in engineering can be rigorous, we want to make sure our incoming students are prepared to meet the challenges they will encounter,” says Dr. Sheila Youngblood, Associate Professor and an environmental engineer. “We’re deeply appreciative to AT&T for making this program possible.”
Cameron’s AAS in Engineering features five areas of concentration: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering and industrial engineering. Each area has specific program requirements. Students not only work with engineering design concepts, they also build prototypes of their designs and test them for viability. Students gain hands-on experience using innovative equipment in CU’s Engineering Maker Center. In addition, the Engineering Instrumentation Lab, which contains a small-scale 3D printer, a laser engraver and a fluid mechanics Reynold’s Number device, provides a well-rounded experience for each student in this program. A large-scale 3D printer will soon be added to assist the students with large-scale prototyping.
“We are fortunate to have such high-end equipment for our students to use,” says Youngblood. “It’s important that our students have the tools and resources necessary to glean a complete understanding of engineering design concepts and implementation.”
Thanks to the experiential learning they receive, more than half of CU’s engineering students receive paid industry internships prior to graduation.
Many Cameron students get their first exposure to engineering concepts at one of Cameron’s K-12 programming events, such as “It’s MathE” and the CU Engineering and Applied Mathematics Academy.
“Adding a bridge program adds to the full circle experience,” says Youngblood. “Students get a taste of engineering during a summer academy or workshop will now be able to enjoy another immersive experience through the bridge program for incoming freshman. That experience will continue with industry-driven projects in the engineering curriculum and internship experiences prior to graduation.”
Graduates who earn an AAS in Engineering from Cameron frequently continue their studies. Many complete baccalaureate degrees at Cameron in a science discipline such as chemistry, physics or mathematics, while others complete a bachelor degree in engineering at another university.
To learn more about Cameron’s engineering program, contact the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering at 580-581-2246.
October 22, 2019