Monday, August 4, 2014

Calling All Engineers: UNO Gears Up for Second Annual Engineering Forum

University of New Orleans engineers are now preparing for the University's second annual Engineering Forum, which will be held in tandem next month with the 5th Southeast Symposium for Contemporary Engineering Topics.

More than 250 participants and 25 company sponsors are expected to participate in the joint event, said Parviz Rastgoufard, who hopes to see more alumni, students and staff in attendance.

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The 2nd Annual UNO Engineering Forum and concurrent 5th SSCET will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at the Lindy C. Boggs on the University's Lakefront campus. President Peter J. Fos will open the forum at 8 a.m. Engineering Dean Norm Whitley will introduce luncheon speakers.

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"Last year we added a special table for UNO Alumni with a plan to bring more of them back to campus and help to forge personal relationships and professional connections," said Rastgoufard. "This year we will do the same and we plan to add a table where all visitors can receive handouts and further information on the work we are doing in UNO Engineering Research."

The day will cover engineering topics in seven parallel tracks offered as part of the curriculum in the UNO College of Engineering: power systems engineering; civil, coastal and environmental engineering; mechanical engineering; naval architecture and marine engineering; management, education, and ethics of engineering; systems engineering and innovations; communications engineering. Topics will also address engineering issues related to microelectronics and energy, he said.

Students and faculty from presenters from participating universities and industries will deliver presentations and introduce individual projects, Rastgoufard said. Participants can earn up to six professional development hours.

"The faculty of the College of Engineering is dedicated to the education of students," Rastgoufard said. "The result of this dedication can be seen in practical programs which provide a strong theoretical base and a strong design component that runs throughout the curricula. The UNO Engineering Forum directly benefits students in our programs."

The SSCET, now in its fifth year, promises to bring a broad range of industry sponsors, practicing engineers, faculty and students from participating universities and UNO Engineering alumni for presentations, student and practicing engineer interactions, exhibitions and well-known keynote and lunch speakers.

Last year's patrons included: Entergy, Shell Oil Company, Siemens Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Laitram, Mahl and Associates, Inc. Consulting Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the UNO International Alumni Association.


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