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For Travis Griffin, Director of Engineering Diversity Programs, making a difference means “starting a new trend of events.”
“You never know if the next engineer walking into your lab is going to make an impact on medicine or innovation.”
“The amount of engineers we’re pumping out every year is quite insufficient to keep up to the technological innovations we need maintain,” said summer program counselor Brandon Hambrick, who is also a UT student majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. The program for pre-college students, he added, “gives them insight into the importance of science and the importance of engineering in the modern day world and just how many far reaching effects that has.”
Another UT student, Samira Ibrahim, decided to spend her summer working for Pre-College Engineering program, rather than seeking an internship with a corporation. Ibrahim said she valued making an impact on the kids more and wanted to inspire them to pursue something they love and are interested in.
“It’s great to witness everything they’ve learned and them improving their communication skills, which is not only a good skill to have as an engineer but also any workforce they choose to enter.”
Pre-College Summer Program in Engineering was nominated as a Partnership that Makes a Difference. Click here to read more.