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Mar 14 2012

NYIT Engineering Students Celebrate Their Majors


Old Westbury and New York, N.Y.  (March 14, 2012) –  NYIT engineering students packed the lobby of Harry Schure Hall today to showcase robotics  projects, network, and join together in an afternoon dedicated to celebrating their majors. 

In Manhattan, a similar gathering at 1855 Broadway featured a presentation of senior design projects, advice from a working engineer, and a visit by NYIT President Edward Guiliano, who mingled with students before his own class began.
NYIT engineering student at Stay With It eventThe events were part of a “Day of Engineering,” capped with a live Facebook “Stay With It” webcast that featured panel discussions with corporate leaders and successful engineers from NASA, Intel, and Facebook, among other companies.  The celebration was sponsored by the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.  Intel Corporation, which has pledged to double the number of engineering internships in 2012, took a lead role in the event.  Chairman and CEO Paul Ottelini served as a panelist and the corporation donated laptops as prizes and providing campuses with funds to run the viewing parties.  
The panel experts encouraged engineering students across the country to stick with their majors despite the difficulty of most courses. Nationwide, there is a 40% attrition rate among engineering students.  Yet, experts say the job outlook is positive and engineers are needed to keep inventing and implementing technological advances.  
"We see challenges in a different way," said John Cameron, managing partner of his own firm, Cameron Engineering & Associates. "We like to see challenges, take them on, and develop solutions."
Dean of Career Services John Hyde told the students that more than 20 engineering or technology firms are scheduled to attend NYIT’s career fair on April 5.
In a pre-recorded segment of the webcast, President Barack Obama told the students “we need you to study hard and dream big.”Engineering student at Stay With It event in Old Westbury
As VEX robotic models whirred and swiveled in a makeshift arena in Harry Schure Hall, students socialized, collected raffle prizes, competed in a model paper airplane contest, and met with representatives of several campus chapters of engineering professional societies.  The groups included the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) and Engineers Without Borders.
“It feels great to be part of a nationwide effort to change the public perception about engineering, and show our students how important their degrees are for our society," said School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Nada Marie Anid.
Several students agreed with panel members that joining clubs, networking, mentoring, and internship opportunities help keep alive their engineering dreams, even in the face of difficult courses like thermodynamics or engineering chemistry.
“I think everyone has a brief moment of ‘why am I here,’” said Bernadette Connell, a third-year mechanical engineering student, who developed a passion for the subject when she discovered physics in high school.  “Later in life, I know I’m going to be much happier with engineering than doing anything else.”
Added senior John Koziatek:  “It’s nice to see everybody come together.”
To see the Stay With It video, click here.
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