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Minorities in Engineering Are On the Rise National Engineers Week – February 17-23
SME Education Foundation celebrates Meredeth Griffin, engineering technician at Peake Fuel Solutions, and other high-achieving young minorities who work to solve issues on a global scale.
After graduating from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Meredeth began her professional career as an Engineering Technician at Peake Fuel Solutions, an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corporation. At Peake Fuel Solutions, she works as part of a team helping to introduce alternate fuel systems to the long-haul trucking industry. The team works to install natural gas conversion kits onto heavy duty trucks in an effort to reduce emissions as well as fuel costs while helping America rely less on foreign oil.
Encouraged by her mother, father and other family members, Meredeth began her journey as an engineer when she was enrolled in the Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy (http://www.francistuttle.edu/
The Pre-Engineering Academy at Francis Tuttle Technology Center (FTTC) is a college preparatory program that prepares students for success in collegiate engineering pathways. A fully realized STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum allows students to complete mathematics courses through Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC and science courses that include Advanced Placement Chemistry and calculus-based (AP) Physics. Project Lead The Way engineering classes are taught as well. These classes allow for the integration of academics and add the very important component of relevance to advanced math and science.
The Advanced Manufacturing Career Training Programs at Francis Tuttle are specifically designed to deliver the knowledge and skills necessary for students to go directly from classroom and labs to a career. Equipment and facilities reflect the workplace, and curriculum is developed with advisory committee input from employers and business owners in each respective industry.
In 2011, Francis Tuttle Technology Center (FTTC), was named one of six exemplary schools by the SME Education Foundation as part of its PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program, a community-based approach to manufacturing education and creating strong partnerships between exemplary schools, businesses and organizations.
Through its PRIME program, SME Education Foundation makes it possible for schools like Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy to offer young minorities like Meredeth, the opportunity to fully explore advanced manufacturing and engineering - a matter of fundamental importance to the economic strength of the United States.
About National Engineers Week:
The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. For more information, visit www.eweek.org. Information about all of the New Faces of Engineering College Edition can be found at www.eweek.org.
In 2011, the SME Education Foundation launched PRIME (http://www.smeef.org/
About SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org. Also visit www.CareerMe.org for information on advanced manufacturing careers and www.ManufacturingisCool.com, our award-winning Website for young people.
Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation, (313) 425-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
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