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MEDIA CONTACT: Cheryl Halle
561-297-1399, challe@fau.edu

FAU Hosts Engineering Scholars Program for Local High School Students

BOCA RATON, FL (July 13, 2012) – More than 125 high school students came together this summer as part of Florida Atlantic University's Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The three-credit, dual-enrollment program in engineering and computer science is for high achieving high school students in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Suncoast High School, located in Riviera Beach, donated $15,000 to partially fund the program as part of its mission to provide challenging, innovative programs to students.

"The College of Engineering and Computer Science is dedicated to educating young people who will help lead the way in accomplishing the technological priorities of the future," said Ali Zilouchian, Ph.D., associate dean for academic affairs in FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science. "Our ESP has been a sustainable program in the college for the past 14 years."

The ESP engages students in challenging educational activities not available in high school and provides them with opportunities to explore engineering and computer science as possible career choices. Instruction was provided by FAU engineering and computer science faculty. Team projects were emphasized and completed utilizing the state-of-the-art laboratories in the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science buildings. Current FAU upper-division and graduate engineering and computer science students served as mentors and assisted ESP students with the transition to college-level work.

The three-week summer program took place on the FAU Boca Raton campus. Students chose one course from a selection of five and received three semester hours of academic credit upon completion of the program. Classes were offered in electronic design and operational amplifiers, innovative materials for infrastructure, an introduction to ocean engineering, mobile applications on Google's Android and solar energy applications.

The program's team members included: Zilouchian; Amir Abtahi, Ph.D., FAU's department of ocean and mechanical engineering; Edgar An, Ph.D., FAU's department of ocean and mechanical engineering; Zvi Roth, Ph.D., professor and associate chair, FAU's department of computer and electrical engineering and computer science; Ravi Shankar, Ph.D., professor, FAU's department of computer and electrical engineering and computer science; Khaled Sobhan, Ph.D., associate professor, FAU's department of civil, environmental and geomatics engineering. Student teaching assistants included: FAU graduate students Thomas Bennett (electrical engineering) and Lillian Gonzalez (mechanical engineering); FAU undergraduate students Craig Aoles (mechanical engineering), Matthew Herland (computer engineering), Richard Vallejo (ocean engineering) and David Vasquez (computer science).

For more information, contact Cheryl Halle at 561-297-1399 or challe@fau.edu.

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About FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science:
Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to providing accessible and responsive programs of education and research recognized nationally for their high quality. Course offerings are presented on-campus, off-campus, and through distance learning in bioengineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, geomatics engineering, mechanical engineering and ocean engineering.  For more information about the college, please visit www.eng.fau.edu.

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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