About 150 students from five local high schools got an inside view of STEM-related career and educational opportunities, including tours of Hofstra’s high-tech labs and a lecture from a Lockheed Martin executive, at the first DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science Career Day on May 15th.
The day began with a presentation from Jonah Schachner, advanced systems and analysis manager at Lockheed Martin, who stressed the importance for engineers to be creative and work collaboratively.
Philip Coniglio, director of Hofstra’s Co-op Program also spoke about the numerous career options available to students with undergraduate degrees in engineering and computer science.
Following the presentations, the students from Bethpage, Half Hollow Hills, Lynbrook, Massapequa and Huntington, toured DeMatteis School labs, including the Big Data Lab, Aerodynamics and Transport Phenomena Lab, Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Lab and the Engineering Materials Lab.
Julian Wisniewski, a sophomore at Massapequa High School, said: “I thought the tour of the Big Data Lab and learning about ethical hacking was great. It made me more interested in a career in cyber security.”
Freshman Lucas Seely of Bethpage enjoyed being on a college campus. “I was really impressed with the small, intimate class settings,” he said “The day also helped me understand more about careers in computer science and engineering.”
In fall 2016, Hofstra launched Computational Methods in Engineering (ENGG 010), a college level course designed to introduce high school students to engineering. Bethpage High School was the first to offer the course. Four other Long Island high schools are expected to offer the course this coming fall 2017. Students who take ENGG 010 receive three transferrable Hofstra credits.
Phil Coniglio, director of Hofstra’s Co-op Program, organized this year’s Career Day. “It’s never too early for students to start exploring career options and opportunities,” he said. “The DeMatteis School Career Day and college level engineering course that we are now offering at local high schools are part of our effort to encourage students to explore opportunities in STEM as early as possible.”