I have a personal passion in sharing what I do as an engineer with students. I did not have the opportunity to gain exposure to the true work of an engineer until I was about to enter college, during a college orientation. I believe that it is very critical for engineers to educate our next generation on the value of engineers' roles in society and continue to fill our talent pipeline. Our society thrives on the ability for our next generation to be able to be innovative in solving tomorrow's problems in an ever-changing environment.
Besides helping out at the Engineers Week event at the University of Houston (since 2006), I have had great experiences speaking to aspiring science/engineering students at the Energy Venture Camp this summer. Energy Venture is an intensive week-long career orientation summer camp dedicated to teaching middle and high school aged students about opportunities available in the field. It was wonderful to see the students' enthusiasm and interest in engineering, problem solving and being able to make a difference.