Tech, COES host over 800 high school students for Engineering and Science Day
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Parking places were nearly impossible to find on portions of the Louisiana Tech University last Wednesday morning as school buses brought over 800 high school students and teachers from north Louisiana and southern Arkansas to participate in the College of Engineering and Science’s Engineering and Science Day.
The annual event is held each week as a part of Engineering and Science Week and is hosted and organized by the Louisiana Tech Engineers and Scientists Association (LTESA), a student organization representing all majors in the College of Engineering and Science.
Engineering and Science Day began with a group welcome and an address from Hilton Nicholson, president and owner of Scada Access and a past president of Louisiana Tech’s Engineering and Science Foundation, who served as the event’s keynote speaker. Tours of engineering and science facilities and a variety of hands-on activities designed to peak students’ interest in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) fields, followed.
All of the work and event coordination, including extending the invitations and arranging the demonstrations and activities, is done by the LTESA students.
In addition to the students, 44 high school teachers and guidance counselors travelled from schools in Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, West Monroe, Hamburg (Ark.), Alexandria, Pineville, Natchitoches and New Iberia to attend the event.
Engineering and Science Day is just one of many activities held during Louisiana Tech’s Engineering and Science Week, which culminates with a crawfish boil at Argent Pavilion where the selection of the year’s top junior and senior engineering and science students are announced.
This year’s outstanding juniors are Jeff Boudreaux, Rachel Baker, Michael Orlan Lockhart, III, Salvatore Pellittieri, Shelby Maddox, Jenna Joseph, Cedric Davis, Richard Evan Sanders, Seth Strong, George Walter ‘Trey’ Carpenter, III, Adam Chadwick, Scott Li, Vinh Lam and Kimberly Latino. The outstanding seniors are Rachel Hanks, Nicole Roberts, Hollie Bullock, Rachel Delatte, John Trischler, David Chatelain, Dillon Welch, Benjamin Alday, Steve Colton Stephens, Samuel Wisher, Antje Logan, Jacob Eppehimer and Christopher Ryan Land.
The outstanding juniors and seniors are nominated by their professors and selected by a committee of College of Engineering and Science faculty and staff members. Outstanding faculty members are also announced and are selected through a vote by the students.
This year’s outstanding faculty are Dr. John Easley, lecturer in industrial engineering; Dr. Brad Cicciarelli, lecturer in chemical engineering; and Dr. Dave Meng, lecturer in math and statistics.
Written by Catherine Fraser – firstname.lastname@example.org