FAA speaker to open National Engineers Week celebration

The College of Technology at Indiana State University is leading the campus celebration of National Engineers Week, Feb. 21 – Feb. 27, with a weeklong series of events.

The celebration begins today with a presentation on unmanned aircraft systems technologies by guest speaker Christopher Nassif, program manager for UAS cellular technologies at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C.

“I am excited for our students, especially in the Unmanned Systems program, to learn from Chris’ background in operations, test, and evaluation, and program management,” said Stephanie Jeffers, Director of Outreach and Student Career Support at the College of Technology. “This is a great opportunity for students to get connected with an individual who is leading some of the most up-to-date developments in the Unmanned Aerospace Systems industry.”

The Technology and Engineering Education students, the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and the Center for Community Engagement collaborated on a Stop and Serve event to create STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] kits for 3rd through 5th graders at Oubache and Ben Franklin Elementary Schools. This is an example of how the College of Technology is collaborating on campus to work toward the promotion of STEM education to the local community.

Engineers Week is important to celebrate in order to recognize the achievements of our current College of Technology students as well as promote awareness and education of STEM programming to future generations,” Jeffers said. “We want to empower and encourage students to know that continued education and even a career in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics is possible. Education creates knowledge, builds confidence, and breaks down barriers of opportunity.”