The Herff College of Engineering is committed to providing service and participating
in community outreach activities. Many of these outreach programs are aimed at inspiring
pre-college students to pursue careers in engineering. Recruiting the next generation
of engineers at a young age is crucial to the future of engineering. Some of the
outreach programs that have been offered by the college include:
Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to
help feed hungry people. Competing teams of high school students showcased their talents by designing sculptures
made entirely out of canned foods. At the conclusion of the exhibit, all of the food
was donated to the Memphis Food Bank.
Since 2007, this competition has raised more than 50,000 pounds of food for the Mid-South
Food Bank, which is equivalent to over 40,000 meals for people in need in the area.
Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) is a summer program designed to encourage more young women to become engineers, sponsored
by the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Currently, women make up only 11
percent of the country's engineers and only 20 percent of undergraduate engineering
Through hands-on projects, middle- and high-school girls discover what engineers do
and how skills like creative thinking, problem-solving and communication can contribute
to their future success. Practicing women engineers also participate in the program,
sharing information about their educational paths and careers.
E-Day Open House is held each November on the Friday before Thanksgiving. During E-Day, the Herff College of Engineering opens its doors to middle and high
school students and the community, where displays, demonstrations, lab tours, competitions
and more reveal the wide world of engineering.
Make plans to join us for Engineering Open House E-Day 2012!
Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science. The Herff College of Engineering is one of 100 colleges and universities nationwide
that locally host this annual competition. This fun and real-life engineering challenge
for the adventurous is an annual, one-day competition where groups of high school
students nationwide synthesize key concepts in math, science, and physics and apply
them to solve real-world engineering problems. Sponsored by the Junior Engineering
Technical Society, JETS.
Transportation Engineering Career (TREC) is an interactive, fast-paced program designed to inform participants of career opportunities
in the transportation engineering field, as well as to give them hands on experience
with practical problems transportation engineers face daily. The program will cover
transportation engineering fundamentals, with particular emphasis on sustainable practice
and design. Participants will meet transportation professionals, tour transportation
facilities, and will participate in activities designed to demonstrate how transportation
engineers make a difference in our communities. Join us for an exciting exploration
of career possibilities in transportation engineering!