STRIDE E-Newsletter, Fall 2012
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Welcome Back Event at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering held a Welcome Back Event on September 6, 2012. As part of this event, transportation faculty and students shared information about careers in transportation with students and visitors. The event also served as an opportunity for the UAB ITE Student Chapter to recruit new members and expose engineering students to the benefits and opportunities associated with the transportation engineering field. The image to the right includes Virginia Sisiopiku, Ph.D., associate professor at UAB and a STRIDE Representative (front row to the left) with students during the Welcome Back Event.
Jefferson County Youth Transportation Program Hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham coordinated the Jefferson County Youth Transportation Program, a year-round program administered through the UAB Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity under the Minority Business Training and Development programs. High school students who participate in the Youth Transportation program are introduced to current and future needs within the transportation industry through field trips to transportation-related companies and governmental agencies across the southeast, lectures presented by guest speakers in the transportation industry, and life skills training. The goal of this comprehensive program, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Transportation, is to ensure that young adults are equipped with the resources and guidance needed to make intelligent career decisions as it relates to the field of transportation.
Engineering GatorTRAX Math Excellence Initiative
The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) UF student chapter participated in the Engineering GatorTRAX Initiative and hosted the LEGO Car Building Workshop on September 29, 2012. Tiffany Buster, an engineering student and vice president of the WTS UF Student Chapter, spoke to participating children about transportation concepts during the GatorTRAX event at UF. Pictured in the image to the right, Danielle Soriano, also a civil engineering student and the president of the WTS UF student chapter, encourages children to think about urban planning concepts. All sessions were held in Weil Hall on the University of Florida campus. GatorTRAX provides students in grades K-12 with opportunities to learn mathematics through hands-on activities for free. Students interested in math and careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, especially those students who are underrepresented in engineering fields such as African-Americans, Hispanics and females, are encouraged to participate.
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