‘Exploring the World of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast’ Planned for March 17


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 23, 2006 — The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University is inviting counselors, directors, principals and instructors who teach math, science, computer and industrial technology related subjects to attend a program March 17 entitled “Exploring the World of Industrial and Engineering Technology @ 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 run through 2 p.m.  Educators who participate, for a fee, will have the opportunity to earn one hour of graduate credit or .5 CEU. Participants also may attend the event for free and elect not to earn credit.

Amanda Eller, academic advisor for 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.”

The program will include two live demonstration sessions in areas including construction management and design, electronics, graphics and manufacturing. Each area will break down into more specific demonstrations of what students would encounter in various majors.  For example, the construction management and design demonstration will highlight project management, residential and commercial architectural drafting and bidding/estimating; electronics will demonstrate telecommunications, computer networking, digital electronics, and power and motor control; graphics will include demonstrations on multimedia, print graphics and video; and manufacturing will focus on plastics, machining, robotics and material testing. 

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 10.