Local students learn about engineering careers at Fayette campus event

More than 30 middle and high school students -- boys and girls -- and some of their parents came to Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus recently to learn about careers in the nuclear energy industry.

Guest speaker Louis Grobmyer, a consulting engineer with Westinghouse Nuclear Services, explained how a nuclear reaction produces energy that we can harness to produce electricity. Grobmyer said that the demand for electrical energy will double or triple in the next 50 years, and that 50 percent of the engineers currently working in the industry will be eligible to retire within the next 15 years -- creating many opportunities for students interested in engineering careers. Many kinds of engineers are needed in the nuclear industry, he said, and he encouraged the students to take lots of math and science classes in order to prepare for college and a successful engineering career.

The presentation was part of Penn State Fayette’s celebration of National Engineers' Week.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010