I had the honor to participate in a Webinar hosted by the AEOP Apprenticeship Programs. I shared my experience in outreach programs and provided some advice for the future generation of scientists.
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)
Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
I had the honor to participate as judge in the MESA National Engineering Design Competition (NEDC) teams. The teams use their critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork to deliver an engineering-based solution to a heart warming challenge. I was impressed by the quality and impact of the proposed work.
I had the honor to participate in two consecutive times as an advisor for the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)'s Summer Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP), a program that places talented high-school students from groups historically under-represented and underserved in research apprenticeships at U.S. colleges and universities.
I mentored three outstanding high school students: In 2017, Lilia Yousefian worked on a project fabricating advanced oil filters for spills and cleanups. We designed and evaluated different oil filters showing their absorption responses.
(Left) Lilia presenting her research results to the program managers and general public. (Right) Mentor-Mentee memory.
In 2016, Anna Pizzano and Shawn Abraham (2016), on a project to design, fabricate, and test novel dental resin composites with anti-caries agents.
(Left) High school students Anna and Shawn prepare novel materials for dental applications in the lab. (Right) The team of advisors and students during the graduation ceremony after a fantastic presentation of the experience.
More information here: http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/reap/