Feb. 5, 2004

Female high school students discover diverse world of engineering

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Participants in the Women in Engineering Experience work on a project.

Hamilton, ON - Creating innovative biomedical devices. Designing golf courses. Exploring new methods to make drinking water safe. Engineers do these things and more.

More than 250 high school students are expected to attend the second annual McMaster Women's Engineering Experience on Saturday, Feb. 7 to learn more about the diverse fields of study engineers engage in.

The students, who are coming from areas such as Belleville, Newmarket, Mississauga and the greater Hamilton area will learn about the engineering design project led by civil engineering professor Sarah Dickson, engineering risk management issues from civil engineering and management graduate Cathy Taylor '82 and chemical engineering topics from chemical engineering professor Lisa Crossley.

They will also have the opportunity to meet current engineering students and other alumni to discuss engineering at McMaster and explore possible career options for women in engineering.

The ever-popular Fireball Show, which highlights some of the exciting processes and theories in engineering studies, will take place at 2:45 p.m.

Media are invited to attend. For more information, go to http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/women.htm.

What: Second Annual McMaster Women's Engineering Experience
When: Saturday, Feb. 7
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Where: John Hodgins Engineering building Room A114
(Lunch at McMaster University Student Centre, CIBC Hall, third floor)