‘Exploring the World of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast’ Planned for March 27

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 11, 2007 — The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University is inviting counselors, directors, and instructors who teach math, science, computer and industrial technology related subjects to attend a program March 27 entitled “Exploring the World of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast.”

The event will be held in the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building on the Southeast campus, with registration beginning at 9:45 a.m. The event will include lunch and run through 2:30 p.m.  Educators may participate in the event for free, or they have the opportunity to earn .5 CEU for a fee.

Amanda Eller, coordinator of Special Programs and Services in the School of Polytechnic Studies, said the department is hoping educators take back a better understanding of what the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology has to offer potential students, including information on its majors and high-tech facilities. 

“We want them to understand the math and science in our discipline and how students can better prepare for such programs and careers,” Eller said.  “We also want to educate them on the difference between engineering, engineering technology and industrial technology.  We focus on applied engineering and technical management – preparing graduates for quality career opportunities.  We’re very proud that all of the bachelor of science degrees are accredited in the Industrial and Engineering Technology Department.”

The program will include two live demonstration sessions in areas including construction management and facilities management, electronics, computer graphics and mechanical and manufacturing systems. Demonstrations of experiences students get in each of these majors will be available at each live session.  The construction management and facilities management area will highlight project management, residential and commercial architectural drafting, construction techniques and survey practices and facilities management information. In the electronics session, demonstrations will be offered on telecommunications, networking, digital electronics, and power and motor control. In the computer graphics session, demonstrations will be available on multimedia, Web design, animation, graphic design, photography and video. The mechanical and manufacturing systems session will focus on plastics, materials testing, robotics and mechanical design using the latest software and prototyping technologies. 

The hope, Eller said, is that by reaching educators, a larger population of students might be reached who, otherwise, might not consider a major in the School of Polytechnic Studies. 

“Too often, students and educators hear the name of our school and don’t understand what we have to offer students – great majors for great career opportunities,” she said.  “We educate our students in the high-tech areas of computers, graphics, engineering technology, management and networking — just to name a few.”

Those interested in participating are asked to contact the School of Polytechnic Studies Advising Center at (573) 651-5930 or polytech@semo.edu by March 20.