Mentoring an Aspiring Young Engineer in DC

Posted by Rachel Tyler on March 6, 2018
engineering shadow day
On 22 February, SGH’s DC office participated in the fourth annual Engineering Shadow Day, which pairs high school students from Washington, DC’s Phelps Academy of Engineering with local area professionals. We were pleased to host ninth grader Queen Ogunshakin, who joined us for the day to learn about structural and building enclosure engineering and share her excitement for our profession.  
 
This year, the program paired more than eighty students with local volunteers across the industry – including contractors, architects, airport facility managers, federal government officials, and all types of engineers – who spent the day showing the students various aspects of their job and answering questions. 
 
phelps shadow day
I created this program four years ago to engage the next generation of engineers in the area and continue to help organize the annual event with Phelps NAF Director Olatundun Teyibo and the school’s network of support partners. Together, we have offered more than 300 shadow experiences to these students. We are very proud of the results we have seen so far and look forward to continuing to grow this great program. The students have a great time each year, and we have heard from parents and teachers that the event helps some students focus on their studies and show more motivation and ambition. 
 
I want to give special thanks to Queen for joining us last month, and also to our engineers who spent time with her: John Karras, Nicholas Piteo, Sarah Rentfro, Gabriella Simundson, and Emily Wychock.
Categories: Community, Culture
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