High school students attend STEM empowerment summit at WashU

The School of Engineering & Applied Science recently hosted two unique groups of middle and high school students to empower them to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Frank Wilson, who earned a master of construction management program from the School of Engineering & Applied Science in 2010, coordinated the events with Joseph O’Sullivan, professor and dean of the University of Missouri-St. Louis/Washington University in St. Louis Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program and the Samuel C. Sachs Professor of Electrical Engineering at WashU. Wilson, who owns BFW Construction Co. and is an adjunct professor in the UMSL/WashU Joint Program, and O’Sullivan brought 100 high school students in foster care to campus March 15, where they heard from alumni, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs.

On March 16, nearly 170 students from seven area high schools took part in a STEM Youth Empowerment and Leadership Summit, during which a variety of business people, engineers and elected officials participated in presentations and discussions. In addition, 40 WashU students from the Engineers in the Community course held during Spring Break, teamed with groups of the high school students at lunch to talk and to answer questions, as well as to give tours of the Engineering and science buildings and labs.