Engineering Now .: Volume 3 - Edition 8 .: March 2007

Prospective students experience Western Engineering Plus at March Break Open House

By Audrey Korol

Prospective students learn about polymerization and how chemical engineering plays a role with toy manufacturing by creating their own "Silly Putty" in a tour lead by Chemical Engineering professor Lauren Briens.

High school students and their families visited Western Engineering during March Break Open House, looking for examples of Western offering the best student experience to engineering students. A task Western Engineering faculty, staff and students had no problem showcasing.

“We limit undergraduate student enrolment because we want to control the quality of education we offer students,” explained Western Engineering Dean, Franco Berruti. “Western Engineering is very unique because we offer concurrent programs to build a solid base for our graduates to have an edge over the rest.”

Western President Paul added, “At [Western Engineering] we offer the best student experience, and we’re really proud of that. We get the best students with the highest grad rates, we have an outstanding faculty who’ve won more 3M teaching awards than any other school, and we have an outstanding staff.”

Second-year Electrical Engineering student Julie Ladiges provided her perspective of Western Engineering, through the eyes of a current student. She discussed a range of topics from options in Co-op programs, Masters programs, Study Abroad opportunities and unique extra-curricular activities within Western Engineering.

“The main reason chose Western is because it’s such a close-knit community,” says Ladiges. “There are so many concurrent degree options available, which are a great way to broaden your education and diversify your experience.”

After Ladiges’ presentation and questions from the audience, visitors were free to explore Western Engineering’s four departments through student-guided tours.

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.: Allison Stevenson
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