UL Engineering is offering an NSF Marine Tech workshop for teachers, “STEM Preparation through Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Experiences.”

The 2-day workshop  will be held June 14-15, and is a collaborative project between Old Dominion University and UL.  Dr. Suren N. Dwivedi, UL Professor of Mechanical Engineering is one of the organizers.

The purpose of the workshop is to increase awareness about careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workforce and to attract students towards shipbuilding careers. The workshop is open to high school faculty members will take place in Room 101 of Oliver Hall (formerly known as ACTR Building), 301 E. Lewis Street. Registration and breakfast will be offered each day from 8:15 to 9 a.m. There is no fee for attending this workshop, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Monday’s activities include a welcome by Dr. Suren Dwivedi, Professor and Director of the Virtual Reality and Product Realization Laboratory in UL Lafayette’s College of Engineering, and a project overview by Dr. Alok Verma, Professor and Director of the Lean Institute at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Participants will study 4 marine kits focusing on the areas of Shipyard Operations, Ship Construction, Ship Stability, and Ship Disaster Investigation and related Marine Tech instructional modules.

Tuesday will feature more information about instructional modules. In addition, Jerome Eymard, Manager of Human Resources at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, will give a talk on “Shipbuilding and Skills Needed for the Future Workforce.” Subsequent sessions on “Using CAD-CAM for Shipbuilding-Related Products,” “Virtual Reality Application in Education,” and “Implementation of Lean: A Case Study” will be offered.

Workshop attendees will implement the teaching modules within their own classrooms and then will augment that learning by taking their students to a Marine Center Day planned for 2011 at an as yet undetermined shipbuilding company. Project costs are covered by NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) fund.

All high school and middle school teachers are invited to attend the presentations and lectures at no cost and with no need to pre-register. Anyone wishing to participate in the project should contact the workshop coordinator, Dr. Suren Dwivedi, by phone at 337-482-5361 (office) or 337-654-5712 (cell) or by e-mail at dwivedi@louisiana.edu.


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