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UA to Offer Engineering Day at Perry County School

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s 57 Miles Initiative and The College of Engineering will host Engineering Day for high school students from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Francis Marion High School in Perry County.

The event, which is open to high school students from Alabama’s Black Belt region, will feature presentations by UA students to showcase engineering’s various disciplines. In addition to discussing the significance of engineering in society, students will participate in small experiments and learn about possible career paths.

“Engineering is such an important field, especially in a world that is increasingly focused on science and technology,” said David Wentworth, a freshman engineering student at UA. “It plays such a significant role in our society. However, it can be confusing to understand or know what an engineer does because it is such a broad field.”

Campus groups assisting with this event include the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), and the University Hovercraft Team.

For more information on the event, contact Chris Joiner at or 850/698-9175.

Within the University of Alabama’s Honors College, the 57 Miles Initiative allows University students to work within Perry County. Advancing The University of Alabama Honors College’s vision to provide a holistic experience for students through multiple points of engagement, 57 Miles invites students to explore a new culture, to develop their talents, and to be challenged in new and unanticipated ways.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.