Marshall University will host an Engineering Education Summit Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 4-6 p.m. at the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, 1676 Third Ave., Huntington.
The program is free and open to the public.
The summit will bring together K-12 and university educators with representatives of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Polymer Alliance Zone and Service Wire Company for a panel discussion about trends in engineering education and regional employers’ specific needs for skilled engineers.
Other scheduled speakers include Marshall President Gary G. White; Dr. Paul L. Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of Marshall’s College of Information Technology and Engineering.
Zatar said the overall goal of the summit is to get members of the community together to explore opportunities and challenges in training the regional engineering workforce needed to fuel economic growth.
“The opening of our new engineering complex in August was an enormous step forward toward the realization of our dreams and vision for our students, the university, the community and the state,” said Zatar. “Our students now have classes in some of the most advanced engineering and technology labs in the region. The education and experience they are receiving can help economic development right here at home, so we want to pave the way for future action to help ensure we are providing top-notch graduates to meet employers’ needs.”
Zatar said Marshall currently has approximately 730 students in undergraduate engineering, computer science and safety technology programs and graduate engineering, computer science, information systems, environmental science and technology management programs. The university anticipates the new building could help double that number of students in less than 10 years.
Anyone interested in studying engineering or other high-tech fields at Marshall is encouraged to attend the summit. The university’s Office of Recruitment will be on hand with information about available majors and prospective students will have the opportunity to network with current Marshall engineering students.
A reception will follow the program and tours of the new engineering complex will be available.
Advance registration is requested. To make reservations online, visit www.marshall.edu/murc.