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High school students learn about CEE careers

A few lucky high school students were given a head start on the college experience by participating in a week-long CEE career internship program this June.| Short Read
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The students looked behind-the-scenes at the innovative solutions that are being investigated to address some of America’s greatest challenges, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, waterborne diseases and man-made attacks.

The students broke up into four groups and took part in various activities to learn about the disciplines within CEE. At the end of each day the groups blogged about what they learned.

To learn about structural engineering they watched concrete mixing and cylinder breaking and they used West Point bridge software. “We learned a lot about the different structural systems used and actually got to implement these systems in building bridges on a computer program,” one group wrote.

To understand environmental engineering they toured the Northfield Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Ann Arbor Drinking Water Treatment Plant. “It was extremely interesting to see how much goes into making water clean enough to put back into the river, and also how much water the plants clean every day. I was definitely not expecting 750,000+ gallons every day,” one group wrote.

To study infrastructure systems and hydraulic engineering they were given an overview of the latest technologies used to measure water systems and had the opportunity to control a robotic boat at Gallup Park. “Today was very fun and informative,” one group wrote. “From learning about water treatment in Ann Arbor, something that affects us daily, to sampling water in Gallup with boats, we were able to expand our knowledge of the importance of engineering and water management.”

To learn about geotechnical engineering they flew a UAAV in the lab and learned about post-disaster reconnaissance, and they took in-situ seismic measurements. “It was exciting in a sophomoric manner because we had the chance to use the hammer and measure the seismic waves of our own strength,” one of the groups wrote about the seismic measurements. “Additionally, this activity gave us the opportunity to do our own calculations based on real data, which was a good way for our group to gain an understanding of the science behind the activity.”

To read all of the blog posts from the week, please visit the CEE Student Blog.

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