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Wayne State engineering students fueling STEM programs for youth

March 20, 2013

A growing number of Wayne State University College of Engineering students are dedicating their free time to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers to Michigan youth. "There's really no limit to what you can achieve with a STEM degree, especially in engineering or computer science," says Norman Dotson, senior industrial and systems engineering student and president of Wayne State's Engineering Student Faculty Board. "Our goal is to bring greater awareness to these fields and help middle and high schools students realize that they have the ability to excel." Wayne State engineering and computer science students have played significant roles in the Detroit-Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), WSU's Gaining Options-Girls Investigate Real Life (GO-GIRL) program, the Michigan Department of Transportation Youth Development and Mentoring Program (MDOT YDMP) and with the Department of Computer Science's summer camps. "Our students are outstanding," said Wayne State University College of Engineering dean Farshad Fotouhi. "They are energetic, intelligent and incredibly motivated. Their ability to connect with and educate area youth is remarkable. We are grateful to them for their continued efforts."