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Career Day 2000
About Career Day
The UW Department of Electrical Engineering's Career Day is a once-a-year chance for talented high school students to get a feel for what a typical day in college life is like - including labs, classes, homework, and social activities. The department hosted this group of students with the intent of recruiting them into engineering and hopefully, to the University of Washington.
Interested students participate in a competitive application process to be paired with an undergraduate or college professor for the day. This year most of them were seniors; however, some ambitious sophomores and juniors were there as well.
This was our first annual Career Day. It is the intent of the department and college to expand it college-wide in 2001, with at least 150 students volunteering from across the various engineering departments. This year Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Bioengineering provided student volunteers, in addition to Electrical Engineering from which the majority of volunteers came.
This Year's Participants
The students were given the chance to interact with a panel of talented engineers and EE professors. Industry panelists included Eric Blom, Senior Engineer at TelaWave Technologies; Gary Garrabrant, Senior Digital Signal Processing Engineer with Palm Computing; and Jeff Silverman, System Administrator of EE's Research Computing Services. EE faculty members on the panel were Professors Dave Allstot, Chen Ching Liu, and Greg Zick.
Future Career Day Plans
Student feedback was positive overall about the experience. Some requests were made for design competitions, further introduction to engineering, instructions on how to apply, etc. However, since the intent of Career Day is primarily to expose students to typical college life, in all likelihood we will, in the future, keep the tag-along activity simple and straightforward.
Per student's request, during next year's Career day we will provide an introduction to engineering CD and a video to engage the visual right brain of these students.