Engineering Now .: Volume 3 - Edition 4 .: November 2006

Fall Preview Day 2006

By Audrey Korol

A prospective high school learns about Mechanical and Materials Engineering from current Western Engineering students.

Over 6,300 high school students, friends and family got a sneak peek of what Western has to offer during Fall Preview Day 2006 – an annual event offers potential students the chance to see for themselves why Western provides the best student experience among Canada’s leading research intensive universities.

Students visiting the Faculty of Engineering were up bright and early to view program displays and meet with faculty, academic counsellors and students in the Leonardo Da Vinci Cafeteria.

Dean Franco Berruti officially welcomed all visitors and stressed the flexibility of Western’s Engineering program. “We teach much more than Engineering, giving our students a customized experience,” says Berruti. “This program provides students the skills to become leaders in Engineering”.

Western President Paul Davenport also made a brief appearance to explain why students should choose Western. “Western has one of the highest grad rates, in part because from day one, we take care of our students,” says Davenport. “We have a wide variety of professionals to help you succeed.”

Second year Electrical Engineering student, Julie Ladiges continued to stress Berruti and Davenport’s remarks with a 20 minute presentation outlining Western Engineering Plus’ innovative, flexible and research intensive programming.

During her presentation, Ladiges highlighted the advantages Western Engineering offers students including options for studying bbroad, Co-op, Concurrent degrees and earning a Masters Degree in just 5 years. Ladiges also discussed the various extra-curricular activities available to students including Engineers Without Boarders and the Women’s Engineering Group.

Ladiges concluded by emphasizing why she chose to study Engineering. “It can be challenging, yet very rewarding,” she explains. “Engineering is a profession that can take you from the depths of the ocean, to the far reaches of outer space, from within the human body, to the tops of the highest sky-scrapers.”

Visitors also toured Western Engineering’s four departments and labs including, Chemical and Biochemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical, Computer and Software, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

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