Engineering is exciting field and constantly growing. Join us on February 19th to experience different fields of engineering through hands-on activities. By atteding this conference you will:
Get insider tips on how to succeed in pursuing an engineering degree and a career.
Get inspired to find the engineer in you and get motviated to pursue a career in the engineering field!
Network with our experienced guest speakers and future engineers, just like you.
Check back often to see what workshops we will add!
There are more than 30 different engineering disciplines. Universities and colleges offer so many different engineering majors, it can be a challenge to decide the best fit for your interests. In this session you will learn about the different engineering disciplines, types of specialized courses you might study, the employment opportunities associated with different engineering disciplines and strategies to help you decide which engineering major might be the best for you.
The Society of Women Engineers, a group of aspiring engineers, will give first hand accounts of their experience as engineering students. Have questions about entering a STEM field? SWE has answers! In addition, participants will create their own circuits!
When you look at the world’s infrastructure, you might quickly notice that concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials. Dating back to 7000 B.C., concrete has been used in iconic structures across numerous civilizations, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Colosseum in Rome, and the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. However, concrete is used in all divisions of civil engineering to build dams, roadways, foundations, storm drains, bridges, and much more.
Have you ever wondered how to make concrete? How do engineers test its strength and workability? In this lab, we will make, test, and destroy concrete cylinders following real engineering construction practices. Then, you will have the opportunity to mix some concrete of your own so you can create your own keepsake to remind you how awesome concrete can be!
Warning! Participants in this lab may get dirty.
According to the WHO/UNICEF 780 million people worldwide, more than twice the population of the United States, lack access to an improved water supply. Children are particularly susceptible to diseases related to sanitation and a lack of potable water. According to the World Health Organization, clean water and sanitation have the potential to prevent 9% of the global disease burden and 6% of all deaths.
But how can children in the developing world gain access to clean water? Can you develop a solution? Work in teams to develop a clean water system made of sustainable, cheap and readily available materials and evaluate the quality of your water against some of the highest quality water in the United States!
The jello earthquake is designed to make students think about what kind of structures survive best in an earthquake, and give them a chance to resign and try to find out for themselves what works best.
Each participant gets 10 or so toothpicks and marshmallows. They are asked to build a structure that can withstand a jello earthquake with these items. Once the structure is built, place it in the jello and give the jello and shake it. Depending on their success, we will have a discussion about why they think their design worked/failed and see if they can think of a way to make it better. Then they will be allowed to redesign (with the same materials) as many times as they want. Redesigning is an important part of the engineering process!
Steel Bridge Design Build: Meet George Mason's National Steel Bridge Competition Team and watch them construct their First Place winning Stiffest Bridge in the USA in 30 minutes or less! George Mason's Steel Bridge Team designed, and fabricated a steel bridge which can hold more than 2000 pounds without deflection to win the first place in STIFFNESS at the American Society of Civil Engineers National Steel Bridge competition. What is deflection? Join the Steel Bridge team and find out! The competition requires that the students construct their bridge in under 30 minutes. Watch the team construct their bridge in record time. The team will answer questions about the national competition and what makes a bridge endure a variety of stress and strain.
With a growing need of Systems Engineers (SE) all over the world, Systems Engineering remains a branch of engineering not as widely understood as other disciplines like Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. This talk introduces the young aspiring engineers to the exciting field of Systems Engineering. It provides examples of System Engineering problems ranging from space exploration to healthcare systems. It highlights the contributions of SEs in solving engineering problems. The talk informs the students of the skills required to pursue a career in SE and the preparation required to get into a SE degree program.
Current transportation modalities (such as Air, Vehicular, Train and Ship) systems are moving to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), where human driven, semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles use radio signal and other sensory devices such a RADAR, LIDAR and Camera systems to navigate themselves in intelligent pathways. These systems provide an integral component of Smart Cities.
A step-up from traditional radios, current systems can be programmed using software, commonly referred to as Software Defined Radios (SDRs). These radio system can be designed using popular programming languages and libraries. We show how such radio systems can be programmed for ITS systems and how their security can be enhanced. Having such system enhances safety of ITS systems.
Bioengineering is an exciting interdisciplinary field involving the application of engineering concepts and tools to solve problems in biology and in medicine. Through this hands-on workshop, you will create new knowledge and learn about technology that interfaces between engineering and bioscience to improve human health. Topics include Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Computational neuroscience, Medical Imaging, Neuroengineering and Tissue Engineering.
BioInformatics is an emerging field with integration of concepts and ideas from the biological sciences, medicine, engineering disciplines, and computer science. Learn about some award winning Innovative projects in BioInformatics and we will guide you to come up with your own idea to apply Computer Science to solve a real world medical problem. Register as a team or individual.
A human cell is a complex structure made up of several proteins and enzymes that interact with each other and react to external stimuli in multiple ways. Massive amounts of data representing these interactions in a cell can be represented as a graph and analyzed using computer software.
In this hands-on workshop, we will be investigating the intricate facets of protein networks in the cell using a web-based software tool called 'GraphSpace.' Students will gain exposure on how scientists analyze these networks to better understand how they behave in healthy cells and how they can become disrupted to cause human diseases including cancer.
Learn how robots make decisions using basic programming skills using an Arduino board.
Small groups of students will assist the instructor in performing a destructive tension test. After the specimen is installed into the apparatus, the specimen will be pulled to failure. Microscopes will be available to take a close look at the failure surfaces.
Students are encouraged to make the tallest tower out of 50 straws, 50 pipe cleaners, and 25 paperclips to determine how long the tower can withstand a golf ball.
George Mason's SciTech Robotics Team demonstrates the capabilities of their VEXU robots and talk about robotics and engineering.
Each group is to build a bridge made from spaghetti and marshmallow. The objective is to construct a bridge that will carry the heaviest load while still meeting specifications. Bridges will be loaded until they fail.
Students will learn the forensic science behind reconstructing a motor vehicle accident. With velocity, momentum, and inelastic/elastic collisions in mind, each group will analyze small-scale motor vehicle accidents, prepare a final report, and present their findings to their peers.
Web browsers have become the primary tools we use to access the Internet. In addition to retrieving content, browsers provide an interface for adversaries to compromise the security and privacy of their users. To protect their users, browsers have several built-in security and privacy features. In this workshop, we will first explore how browsers use digital certificates to authenticate a remote server and enable secure browsing. Next, we will introduce cookies and describe how Ad Networks use them to track users. Finally, we will discuss several measures and tools (such as NoScript and Tor browser) that the users can employ to prevent online tracking.
Come back soon to read more below about our accomplished guest speakers:
New Business Lead,
Aerospace Engineer, Technologist, Project and Program Manager,
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Senior Advisor for Internet Policy
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Department of Commerce
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