COES hosts nearly 600 students, teachers for 71st annual Engineering and Science Day

The Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science (COES) hosted Engineering and Science Day on Friday, April 12, 2019. Nearly 600 students and teachers from high schools throughout Louisiana and Southern Arkansas came to Louisiana Tech’s Ruston campus to learn more about earning a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education at Tech.

Dr. Arden Moore explaining 3-D printing to the attendees

Dr. Arden Moore explains 3D printing to the event attendees

This year’s Engineering and Science Day (E&S Day) began with a keynote address delivered by NASA Flight Director and Louisiana Tech Mechanical Engineering alumnus, Lt. Col. Paul Konyha, III, in which Konyha shared his experiences working in the STEM fields and talked about how his time at Louisiana Tech prepared him for challenges he has faced during his career.

Following the keynote, COES students volunteered as tour guide “explorers” to lead groups of high students and their teachers to interactive activities around campus. COES organizations and faculty led building competitions, interactive games, tours of COES research facilities and demonstrations, as well as activities that involved liquid nitrogen and internet hacking.

“It is always a pleasure to have prospective students join us for a day of fun, learning, and excitement on Engineering and Science Day,” Allie DeLeo-Allen, director of enrollment management and employer relations for the College of Engineering and Science, said. “We in the College of Engineering and Science are immensely proud of the hard work and effort of not only our Engineering and Science Association student officers, but also all of our COES students and student organizations who helped plan and participated in this event. This year’s E&S Day was a success because of this great College-wide effort.”

“Planning Engineering and Science Day 2019 was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my college career,” ESA President and Biomedical Engineering student Savannah Esteve added. “I could not be prouder of COES students’ achievements and the willingness to serve this year. It has been truly an honor to serve as President of Engineering and Science Association, and I cannot wait to see what Louisiana Tech’s COES achieves in the future!”