National Grid Supports Next Generation Engineering at Stony Brook

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Alexandrea Harriott soldering to begin her persistence of vision project.

Alexandrea Harriott soldering to begin her persistence of vision project.

International energy delivery company National Grid has awarded a sustainable grant to the Next Generation Engineering Programs at Stony Brook University, which promote engineering among diverse and high-needs populations and meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards.

These programs offer after-school, hands-on engineering activities for high school students as well as professional development for in-service teachers on engineering learning and workshops on STEM for school counselors. The program focuses on high-needs schools and underrepresented groups, and is led by Mónica Bugallo, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Angela Kelly, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

“The support from National Grid will be transformational in the development of newly designed engineering experiences for traditionally underserved students,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. “These programs are consistent with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences mission to attract and retain an inclusive academic community.”

Luis Godinez showing off his fully programmed arduino in his completed persistence of vision project.

Luis Godinez showing off his fully programmed arduino in his completed persistence of vision project.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the after-school program for students was successfully piloted at Central Islip School District. “The Stony Brook program has been fantastic,” said Central Islip Superintendent Craig Carr. “Our students are emulating your skills, work ethic and drive. “With your help, we have improved our sciences so greatly that of the 30 top students, 25 stated that they were following careers in the sciences.”

“Stony Brook University has a rich tradition of outreach and partnerships with K-12 schools throughout Southeastern New York,” said Keith Sheppard, director of the Stony Brook Institute for STEM Education. “The Next Generation Engineering Programs will develop innovative opportunities to attract a diverse talent pool of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.”

“We, along with other utilities across the country, are facing a looming shortage of engineers, so it makes sense for us to work with Stony Brook University in developing the next generation of talent needed to help support the nation’s energy delivery system,” said Mauri Myers-Solages, Corporate Citizenship Manager of National Grid.

For more information abut these programs, please call (631) 632-9750 or e-mail monica.bugallo@stonybrook.edu.

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