Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correctly attribute the “second annual” to Amarillo College and not The National Society of Professional Engineers.
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The National Society of Professional Engineers celebrates “Engineering Week,” annually and this year’s theme is changing the future.
Amarillo College joins for the second year, kicking off Engineering Week with the “Transfer” fair at around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, in the lobby of the Ware Student Commons.
The fair will give AC students the opportunity to learn about other schools’ engineering programs and what to expect on those campuses. A few of the schools that will be attending are Midwestern State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Texas Tech University, and West Texas A&M University.
AC will be joining in on the celebration for the second year hosting events during Engineering Week to celebrate engineers. AC’s engineering and math professor Vanessa Miles said industry partners like Pantex, Xcel, and more are all helping to recognize the week.
“I am just so stoked about what engineers do anything you can think of in terms of engineering, rather it’s a fishing lure, a golf ball, or anything around was created by an engineer,” said Miles. “Roads, homes brides, structures, you name it. So, we just want to celebrate the innovations made by engineers.”
Miles said that since last year’s launch of engineering week, industry partners of Amarillo College have provided recommendations for their curriculum and equipment to benefit the students in the classroom. Miles added that this helps AC advance to the next level.
“In my mind, Amarillo is already that diamond in the rough. It’s a great place to raise kids, we got a nice mix of the arts, sports, and a good education system. So, just imagine advancing it with high-paying jobs,” said Miles. “Such as engineers It’s going to make the all-around city much better.”
Miles said events like Engineering Week, not only help Amarillo College but the community as a whole.
“It’s for the community, it’s a recruiting of retention effort where we are trying to retain our students. We are trying to transfer our students,” she said. “We are trying to employ our students and we are also trying to recruit our local AISD and surrounding students. To consider engineer, consider stem.”
After the Transfer fair, students will also be able to participate in an event called “In-Person Tech Talks” with engineering faculty and industry partners.
The In-Person Tech Talks event is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the College Union building.
Other events AC will be hosting for ‘Engineering Week’ include:
- “Engineering Job Fair” from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ware Student Commons on Feb. 22.
- A “Virtual Technical Talks” with AC faculty member Zach Vick and industry partners. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the College Union building on Feb. 22.
- AC will end their “Engineering Week” events with the Pantex and CNS-sponsored ‘Introducing Girls to Engineering’ on Feb. 23 at Region 16 Education Service Center.