500 Regional Students to Explore Engineering Design EXPO Thanks to Sponsors

Tuesday, April 29


MOSCOW, Idaho – April 29, 2014 – On May 2, the 21st Annual Engineering Design EXPO presented by the Micron Foundation at the University of Idaho will showcase senior engineering capstone projects which help launch engineering graduates into successful careers. Each year industry has partnered with EXPO to sponsor projects that address real-world problems as well as sponsoring the event as a whole. This year, EXPO sponsors are doing even more to acquaint younger students to engineering. 

This year the College of Engineering was able to garner additional support from industry partners to bring nearly 500 students to the University of Idaho campus, providing stipends to schools for transportation and meals.  Many of the students travelling to Moscow for the day would not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the University of Idaho campus.

“This year the College of Engineering has been fortunate to provide much-needed funding for schools to bring junior high and high school students to EXPO.  This is important to us because of the shortage of individuals going into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines,” said Christina Randal, College of Engineering development director.  "We are grateful to our sponsors for providing funding to support this endeavor, and would especially like to thank Micron and Avista for their increased support."  

Students will spend the day touring EXPO and learning about engineering fields and programs, and also will tour campus and talk to college recruiters to learn more about college life.  

“EXPO is an opportunity to show junior high and high school students the exciting world of engineering and other aspects of campus,” said Larry Stauffer, dean of the College of Engineering.  “They will see what a great experience they can have at the UI. And we hope they will be inspired by our students and see what they can do after only a few years as an engineering student." 

Among the almost twenty schools sending students to attend EXPO this year are high schools from Post Falls; West Valley, Wash.; LaCrosse, Wash.; Walla Walla, Wash.; Coeur d'Alene, Salmon River, Timberlake and Sandpoint.

In addition to the Micron Foundation, EXPO sponsors this year include: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Avista Utilities, Engineering Outreach at the University of Idaho, British Petroleum Alaska, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Idaho National Laboratory, Lochsa Engineering, Wagstaff and Best Western.

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Contact
Rob Patton
College of Engineering 
(208) 885-7511
rpatton@uidaho.edu



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