December 8, 1998
MINORITY STUDENTS RECEIVED HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE OF TECHNOLOGICAL
CAREERS AT NJIT
NEWARK - Some 350 minority high school students from Newark,
Irvington and East Orange traveled to New Jersey Institute of
Technology on Thursday, Dec. 10, and received a first hand look at
state-of-the-art technology and what it can mean for their careers.
The conference, sponsored by the University's Education Opportunity
Program (EOP) and the Consortium for Pre-College Education in Greater
Newark, strives to increase the number of minority students who seek
careers in Engineering and other technological fields by offering
them a "hands-on" experience of technology in a university setting.
Called "Future Tech," the program features a variety of workshops
on cutting edge engineering applications - in architectural design,
computing technology, environmental technology, mechanical
engineering, and physics.
University faculty lead presentations on such topics as
robotics, lasers and hazardous chemicals. Dr. John Droughton of
the Mechanical Engineering Department offered an exciting
demonstration on wind tunnels.
Keynote speaker for the event was Antionette Torres, Vice President
of Academic Affairs for the National Action Council for Minorities in
Engineering (NACME). Under Torres' leadership, NACME's Engineering
Vanguard Program has become a national model for the use of
problem-based assessments of mathematics potential in high school