RENO — The University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering, rated among the best engineering colleges in the country, was part of an inaugural celebration of the White House’s “Stay With It” campaign to graduate 10,000 more engineering students each year nationwide. The event Thursday was a “Facebook Live” viewing broadcast from Georgia Institute of Technology to top universities around the country.
About 100 engineering students attended the mid-day event, which included serving pie in celebration of Pi Day — 3.14 — in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center.
Corporations such as Intel, Google and Comcast have been working with the White House through the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to build the program that encourages engineering students to “Stay With It” and graduate with engineering degrees.
At the viewing party, students heard about a variety of opportunities available within their degree in engineering, and personal stories, to motivate them. They were invited to join the program — a national online community — to help them graduate and start a successful career in engineering. A special message from President Obama was also played.
The College of Engineering has graduated more than 1,500 students in the past five years. There are 2,000 students currently enrolled. U.S. News and World Report just announced its new college rankings and the College of Engineering did very well, with civil engineering being ranked 47th in the nation and environmental engineering ranked 65th. Mechanical engineering also appeared high on the list.
For an interview with Dean Maragakis on the University of Nevada, Reno’s engineering program accomplishments, visit: http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2012/engineering-in-the-room-hpf.