Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Thirty-five students representing six states and 24 high schools will visit Marshall University’s Huntington campus Sunday, June 26, through Thursday, June 30, to take part in the 11th annual Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence (EEAE).

The Exploring Engineering: Academy of Excellence is a week-long, hands-on camp during which high school students have the chance to experience campus life while learning more about the engineering profession. Participants are instructed by professors from Marshall University’s College of Information Technology and Engineering, and are housed in the Marshall Commons residence halls.

Dr. William Pierson, chair of the Weisberg Division of Engineering and Computer Science at Marshall, said the theme of the academy’s activities is teamwork.

 “The theme is the importance of teamwork in planning and in working together to achieve a common goal,” Pierson said. “In addition, the academy is a good way to make students aware of the importance of engineering and computer science and what exciting opportunities these professions have to offer.”

 Students are selected for the camp based upon their interest in and aptitude for engineering. Grades, courses taken and letters of recommendation are taken into consideration. The camp is designed to attract rising high school juniors.

 Jerry Casto, an engineer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will give a presentation during the opening ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in Corbly Hall Room 105. Casto will speak about infrastructure maintained by the corps and the potential impact on the regional economy when problems occur such as a recent failure of the Greenup Locks and Dam. He also will talk about his recent engineering experiences in Afghanistan.

 The academy is made possible by grants from Chesapeake Energy and the Rahall Transportation Institute, as well as support from Marshall University and local businesses and agencies such as J.H. Fletcher, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, State Electric Supply Company and the Society of American Military Engineers.

 The 2011 camp participants include:

 Bruce Swiney of St. Albans, W.Va.; Austin Hammond of Tornado, W.Va.; Brendan Mullins of Charleston, W.Va.; David Holstine of Charleston, W.Va.; Lee Klocke of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Ann Larsen of Charleston, W.Va.; Brittney Lowers of Charleston, W.Va.


Peyton Smith of Falling Waters, W.Va.; Cody Legge of Culloden, W.Va.; Vivian Yau of Hurricane, W.Va.; Patrick Thomas of Hurricane, W.Va.; Jacob Houdyschell of Kenova, W.Va.; Jacob Parsons of Milton, W.Va.; Chase Nicholson of Point Pleasant, W.Va.


Jessica Hensely of Wayne, W.Va.; Luke Browning of Huntington; Michael DeRosa of Huntington; Jacob Maynard of Huntington; Kevin Dillon of Huntington; Anthony Reynolds of Huntington; Jesse Gorecki of Huntington


Max Pinion of Morgantown, W.Va.; Brenton Wyne of Fairmont, W.Va.; Jenna Hamlin of Peachtree City, Ga.; Madeline Glasheen of Plantation, Fla.; Shawn Effingham of LaGrange, Ky.; Taylor Toberg of Catlettsburg, Ky.; Charles Sexton of Grayson, Ky.


Ryann Conley of Grayson, Ky.; Allyson Brewer of Martin, Ky.; Elizabeth Walker of Parma, Ohio; Austin Conn of Cincinnati, Ohio; Damian Hughes of Kettering, Ohio; Stephanie Lee of Los Altos, Calif.; Van Lara of Mendocino, Calif.


Here is the complete schedule of events for the 2011 academy:


Sunday, June 26

2 to 3 p.m., check-in at Wellman Hall, Marshall Commons

3 to 5 p.m., welcome and presentation by Jerry Casto, United States Army Corps of Engineers:  Greenup Gate Failure, Ohio River Infrastructure and Afghanistan Experiences, CH105.

5 to 6:30 p.m., dinner at Fat Patty’s

6:30 to 9 p.m., icebreaker and team-building activities at the Marshall Recreation Center


Monday, June 27

8 to 9:45 a.m., civil engineering activities briefing at the Weisberg Engineering Lab


9:45 to 11:30 a.m., introduction to civil and environmental engineering: surveying, GPS, materials testing and environmental sampling at Buskirk Field and the Weisberg Engineering Lab

11:30 a.m. to noon, lunch in the Harless Dining Hall

12:30 to 4:30 p.m., introduction to civil and environmental engineering: surveying, GPS, materials testing and environmental sampling at Buskirk Field and the Weisberg Engineering Lab

4:30 to 6 p.m., recreation time

6 to 7 p.m., dinner at the Hall of Fame Café

7 to 8:30 p.m., activity – replicator at the Weisberg Engineering Lab


Tuesday, June 28

8 to 9 a.m., introduction to trebuchet design at the Weisberg Engineering Lab, Room 101

9 a.m. to noon, trebuchet design and construction at Buskirk Field

Noon to 1 p.m., luncheon with Society of American Military Engineers

members  at the Harless Dining Hall, Ed Grose Room

1 to 2 p.m., complete trebuchet construction

2 to 3 p.m., trebuchet competition

3 to 5 p.m., activity - roller coaster, Weisberg Engineering Lab

5 to 6:30 p.m., dinner -- pizza! pizza! (and, introduction to ITS, Weisberg Engineering Lab)

6:30 to 8 p.m., recreation time


Wednesday, June 29

8 to 9 a.m., introduction to computer science – GH206A

9 to 11:30 a.m., exploring encryption – GH206A

11:30 to 12:30 p.m., lunch, Harless Dining Hall

12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Finch Robotics Challenge – GH206A

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., visualization presentation – Visualization Lab, Weisberg Engineering Lab

4:30 to 6 p.m., recreation time

6 to 7 p.m., dinner, Fat Patty’s

7 to 8:30 p.m., concrete testing, Weisberg Engineering Lab


Thursday, June 30

8 a.m. to 6 p.m., field trips

8 to 9:30 a.m., travel to Toyota Plant in Buffalo, W.Va.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m., tour Toyota

11:30 am to 12:30 p.m., lunch at Golden Corral in Cross Lanes

12:30 to 1:45 p.m., travel to West Virginia Exhibition Coal Mine

2 to 4 p.m., tour Exhibition Mine

4 to 4:30 p.m., travel to New River Gorge Bridge overlook

4:30 to 5:30 p.m., tour NRGB Visitor Center

5:30 to 6:30 p.m., travel to Waves of Fun

6:30 to 9 p.m., dinner and pool party, Waves of Fun

9 to 9:30 p.m., return to Marshall


Friday, July 1

9 to 10 a.m., check out of residence halls

10 to 10:30 a.m., EEAE evaluation and wrap-up, MSC, Room BE5

10:30 to 11:30 a.m., awards presentation, MSC, Room BE5