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GSU and Herty to participate in Girl's Engineer It! Day

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The annual Girl's Engineer It! Day has two new participants for this year's event.

Georgia Southern University and the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center will participate in the event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at Woodville Tompkins High School in Savannah.

The event, hosted by the Savannah Coastal Empire Section of the Society of Women Engineers and other engineering organizations, educates middle and high school girls about opportunities
available in engineering professions.

While at Girls Engineer It! Day, students in grades six through 12 will have an opportunity to meet with Georgia Southern and Herty engineering professionals to discuss engineering degree programs and careers.

This will be the first time that both of them have participated in the program.

Georgia Southern is home to the nation's newest College of Engineering and Information Technology. The college has offered engineering technology degrees in the past, but now boasts civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering degrees since 2011.

"Georgia Southern continues to develop strong programs in a number of engineering disciplines that are preparing students for jobs, many of which are here in Savannah." said Dr. Maria Alba-Flores, professor of electrical engineering, in a press release.

Herty is a unique research and development center located in Savannah that supports and encourages new ideas while helping to unlock commercial opportunities from companies around the world.

"Engineering is a rewarding career for both men and women and yet there are still very few young women pursuing this profession, and we would like to help change this," said Alexander Koukoulas, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Herty, in a press release. "Events like these can break down the stereotypes and barriers that are keeping young women from this profession and demonstrate to them that careers in engineering, science and technology can be fulfilling and provide them with tremendous career growth opportunities."

Admission for high school and middle school students is $5 each, while admission for a group is $10, max 10 students. Adult admission is free.

For information on the event, visit http://swesavannahandcoastalempire.onefireplace.com.

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