Friday, 18 October 2013

Gearing Up for Future Students

With the University of Alberta’s Open House just around the corner, I decided to prepare a preview of the fun that awaits all of this year's visitors, by visiting the Faculty of Engineering Expo back on September 28, 2013. On that day attendees got to experience engineering first hand by partaking in demonstrations, attending research presentations, and interacting with faculty and students to get a taste about what engineering at the U of A is all about. Students interested in all faculties will get to do the same at this year's Open House, as each faculty will have demonstrations and activities for future (and current) students to check out. 

With that in mind, I got to snap a few photos at the EXPO and hope that they can serve as a preview of the excitement that we'll see on campus again this weekend.

Students from the Mining faculty were all decked in green and yellow at the entrance of ETLC to welcome attendees to the EXPO. We should expect to see the U of A's Patches and Guba welcoming students in a similar way in the Butterdome at Open House... minus the shovel and pick axe.
U of A alumni Bruce Geigeo explains to his sons Quinn (9 years) and Jack (11 years) the workings of an engine.

Jeffrey Ku from Engineers without Borders (EWB) and a current graduate student in Environmental Engineering explains about EWB to students in their final year of high school. Engineering student groups also got a chance to showcase their group’s activities to participants at the EXPO. Similar student volunteers should be on hand during Open House to help teach future students about student involvement opportunities available across disciplines.
Engineering students Chris Haughey and David Menzak from Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) talk about their student vehicle project where students from all engineering disciplines come together to design and build a formula style race car.

Kiera and Riley McMillan look enthralled as mom Farha and 4th year material engineering student Mubaraka Husain demonstrate the physical properties of Silly Putty.
Terrance, Mary and Hannah Blomgern check out the different research posters at the EXPO. Hannah and Mary are in their final year in high school and came to the EXPO to learn more about the different engineering disciplines offered at the university.


About the Author

When I am not busy with engineering school, I love painting in abstracts. I am also a huge movie buff and will watch anything with zombies in it.

I would like to share stories that are personal and reflective of the great community we have built here at the U of A. My experience at the university so far has brought forward a tremendous amount of personal growth, and I can’t wait to help share the wonderful stories and student experiences of this amazing university.


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