Engineering Exploration Week 2020

Educators Edition

Open to Colorado high school and community college educators and professionals

Calling all educators!

February 16, 2024
Lory Student Center

Join the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering for a free professional development event for teachers, guidance counselors, community college advisors, and other educational professionals, to learn how to best support students with interests in engineering majors.

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Thanks for a great 2024 event!

Thank you to all of the high school teachers, counselors, and educators who took time away on a busy day, and during a winter storm, to attend our event!

Watch our recording of Dan Baker’s keynote address, along with a download of his featured slides. 

Dan Baker speaks to a moderately-sized room full of high school educators, CSU staff, and faculty. The screens showing his PowerPoint slides bear an image of a calculator, and the words "Another way to think about LLMS: Large Language Models are calculators for words." Banners flanking Baker on the stage read "Engineering Exploration Day" with a stylized light bulb, and bear the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering logo and CSU Ram's Head logo.

Read Engineering Source author Jana Crouch's article about AI, Baker's talk, and how she tested AI for her own notes.

Watch Dan Baker's keynote address

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Spring 2024 Schedule

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Learn about our wholistic review process, our academic controls, and when the application deadlines are.

Facility Tours

Join our student ambassador team to check out our state-of-the-art facilities and where our students practice hands-on learning.

Department Major Overviews

Interact with current faculty and staff to learn about each engineering major that we offer and how to advise students on which path might fuel their passion.

Meals Included!

Breakfast and Lunch will be served

Lab Demonstrations

Led by our dedicated team of lab engineers, experience some of the hands-on fun that our students get to enjoy!

Interactive Learning Sessions and Workshops

Topics include: scholarships, placement tests, summer bridge programs, study abroad programs, diversity programs in engineering, transferring college credits, and interactive student panels.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Check-In, Breakfast, & Resource Fair for Educators

Never No Summer Ballroom / University Ballroom

Check In starts at 8 a.m. at the north entrance to the Lory Student Center, third floor, outside of the Never No Summer Ballroom. Please use this time to enjoy breakfast and get to know the different resources Colorado State University has for educators. 

Concurrent sessions:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome, Admissions and Major Overviews

Never No Summer Ballroom

Welcome to the Educators Edition! We’ll give you an overview of our engineering majors, and what we’re looking for when it comes time for your students to apply for college. 

Returning Educators Morning Mingle

Lounge area outside University Ballroom

We invite returning educators to join mechanical engineering Associate Professor Sam Bechara for morning coffee & tea to discuss the results of his college math pilot and share how you implemented strategies from last year’s Math Workshop in your schools.

Break, 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Panel Sessions

15 minute break between sessions; same information each session

Learn about resources for graduating seniors attending CSU in the future such as our residential learning communities on campus, summer bridge programs, diversity programs in engineering, scholarship resources, and Scott Scholars program.

Panelists: Claudia Hernandez, Emily Valerioti, Betty Sims, Laura Wynkoop
Moderator: Melissa Burt

Colorado State University has a large network of outreach educational resources for educators to bring their students to or have their students attend and visit, including Summer Programs in STEM, K-12 programs offered during the school year, school group visits, educational resources and guidebooks, STEM events and opportunities throughout the school year.

Panelists: Mike Estergard, Heather Michalak, Doug Fankell, Adam Smith
Moderator: Matthew Rogers

Talk with our academic advisors on how students are supported once they enroll at CSU, as well as strategies for helping students apply to engineering programs. Advisors will explore transfer credits, placement tests, credit requirements, major changes, study abroad opportunities, and more.

Panelists: Claire Lavelle, Shannon Miller, Chase Jackson, Toni-Lee Viney
Moderator: Brett Beal

Learn from our Career Education Manager, faculty, staff, and alumni about how students discover what career opportunities are available in engineering.​ Explore how students are using their experiences in engineering outside the classroom.

Panelists: Fabiola Pascual Luna, Courtny Olsen, Bert Vermeulen, Evan Ronzone
Moderator: Vincent Paglioni

Learn from current students about why they choose CSU and engineering as their major. Ask questions about their student experience, coursework, campus life, and plans for the future.

Panelists: Reece Moellenhoff, Madi de Vries, Mitchell Morasco, Richie Park
Moderator: Rebecca Atadero

11:30 a.m. –
12:45 p.m.

Daniel Baker, Research Scientist, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, July 30, 2013

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Never No Summer Ballroom
Unlocking the Power of AI: A Playbook for Students and Educators
Dan Baker, Teaching Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize education, but like any new technology, it can be challenging to know where to start. This talk will provide you with practical ways to apply AI to expand your productivity and enhance student learning.

Break, 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

1 – 1:45 p.m.

Lab Tours and Demonstrations

Engineering Building & Scott Bioengineering Building

Join the Mechanical Engineering lab team as you fire up a jet engine to explore the common principles taught through our hands-on approach to mechanical engineering at CSU. Tour the industrial mechanical engineering lab, EMech labs, and our Idea-2-Produce 3D printing lab.  

Electrify your interest in Electrical & Computer Engineering by joining our ECE Support Engineer, Brayan Trejo, & our Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Elaine Linde, to explore demonstrations in Sensor-based Object Identification, Artificial Intelligence, and Aerospace Communications.

Join our Civil and Environmental Undergraduate Laboratory Support Engineer, Todd Atadero, to talk about materials in civil engineering, with a focus on concrete and fluids. Test the strength of concrete by breaking cylinders in the concrete lab, and test fluid momentum in the fluids lab.

Tour the Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building with our Biomedical Engineering Lab Manager, Ellen Brennan-Pierce, and explore the state-of-the-art research labs, our Problem Based Learning Lab, and demonstrations on the bone mechanisms of an arm. 

Break, 1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

2 – 3 p.m.

Associate Professor Sam Bechara, mechanical engineering


Never No Summer Ballroom
Embracing the Leap: Cultivating a Fail Forward Mindset in Education
Led by Associate Professor Sam Bechara, Mechanical Engineering

In today’s academic environment, the fear of failure often looms large in the minds of students, creating barriers to innovative thinking and learning. This workshop aims to reshape our approach to education by highlighting the importance of failure as a powerful learning tool.

Through engaging discussions and practical strategies, we will explore how educators can foster a ‘fail forward’ mentality, encouraging students to embrace challenges and learn from their setbacks. This approach not only enhances resilience but also cultivates a culture of perseverance and continuous improvement in our classrooms.

Discover the transformative power of viewing failure as a steppingstone to success. Learn to empower your students with the confidence to take risks, experiment, and ultimately, grow from their experiences. This workshop is more than just a conversation; it is a movement towards nurturing a generation of fearless learners and innovative thinkers.

Join us and be part of this crucial shift in educational mindset. Let’s turn the fear of failure into a foundation for future success!

3 – 3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Never No Summer Ballroom

Break, 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Social Networking Hour

University Ballroom
Food Sponsored by CSU Energy Institute

Find your way around campus

Located to the southwest of the Lory Student Center and west of Morgan Library

The LSC website provides maps of each floor of the building. Most sessions take place on the third floor/300 level.

Previous Events

Watch our recording of Professor Hussam Mahmoud’s 2023 keynote address, along with a download of his featured slides. 

CSU Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hussam Mahmoud stands in front of an experiment, holding a piece of metal.

Professor Hussam Mahmoud talked with Engineering Source on how educators could be successful in transitioning their students to college and beyond.

Mahmoud is the George T. Abell Professor in Infrastructure in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He is a recipient of various awards, including the Meroney Family Chi Epsilon Teaching Award, and recently spoke at the international COP27 convention in Egypt.

He obtained his BSc and MSc in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

He has taught different undergraduate and graduate courses at CSU while placing emphasis on multi- and cross-disciplinary knowledge, including for example how crack growth models for connections in steel bridges can be used to evaluate crack growth in hard human or animal tissues such as teeth and bones.

Mahmoud’s research is focused on sustainable and resilient infrastructure and communities with emphasis on developing structural engineering models to predict damage under extreme events and socio-physical models to capture the recovery of systems as influenced by human behavior and socio-economic policies. He authored over 250 publications and has given more than 120 presentations including 100 invited talks at national and international conferences and workshops.

He has chaired and served on numerous technical committees, including the ASCE Committees on Fire Protection and on Multi-hazard Mitigation. Dr. Mahmoud is an Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEED) Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute. He is a recipient of various awards, including the Meroney Family Chi Epsilon Teaching Award, the American Institute of Steel Construction early faculty career award, the American Iron and Steel Institute Robert J. Dexter Memorial Lecture award, and the Air Force summer faculty fellowship award.

He has recently been selected by the NASEM among the 22 New Voices Cohort from across the U.S to engage outstanding early and mid-career Science, Engineering, and Medicine, leaders to provide new perspectives on issues and public communication modes for the National Academies.

He has been invited to various symposia by the U.S. National Academies, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. His research has received media coverage through citations and interviews in numerous venues, including Nature Climate Change, The U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNN.

Watch Professor Mahmoud's keynote address

Play Video about Video thumbnail of Engineering Exploration Day: Educators' Edition keynote speaker Hussam Mahmoud.
  • 0:00 – Slide 1 (Introduction)
  • 0:40 – Side 2 (Background, U. of Minnesota and Lehigh U.)
  • 1:30 – Slide 3 and 4 (Background, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • 2:03 – Slide 5 (Background, Colorado State University)
  • 2:53 – Slide 6 (Outline of the Presentation)
  • 3:43 – Slide 7 and 8 (Motivation for STEM, logic and analysis tools)
  • 4:28 – Slide 9 (Motivation for STEM, economic competitiveness)
  • 5:00 – Slide 10 (Motivation for STEM, addressing complex problems)
  • 6:02 – Slide 11, 12, and 13 (Trends in STEM, addressing complex problems)
  • 7:23 – Slide 14 (STEM Education Trends in Research, vulnerability to wildfires)
  • 7:45 – Slide 15 (Trends in Research, wildfires as a global problem)
  • 8:09 – Slide 16 (Trends in Research, stages of wildfire events)
  • 8:34 – Slide 17 (Trends in Research, wildfire propagation, Games in STEM)
  • 10:20 – Slide 18 (Trends in Research, wildfire propagation)
  • 10:51 – Slide 19 (Trends in Research, community fire propagation)
  • 12:53 – Slide 20 (Trends in Research, community fire propagation)
  • 14:09 – Slide 21 (Trends in Research, community fire propagation)
  • 14:42 – Slide 22 (STEM Education Trends in Research, recovering from extreme events)
  • 14:53 – Slide 23 (STEM Education Trends in Research, recovery from disasters)
  • 15:25 – Slide 24 (STEM Education Trends in Research, recovery from disasters)
  • 15:31 – Slide 25 (STEM Education Trends in Research, recovery from disasters)
  • 16:21 – Slide 26 (STEM Education Trends in Research, interdependence)
  • 17:15 – Slide 27 (STEM Education Trends in Research, recovery of ports)
  • 18:31 – Slide 28 (STEM Education Trends in Research, recovery of hospitals)
  • 19:40 – Slide 29 (STEM Education Trends in Research, holistic view of the problem)
  • 21:31 – Slide 30 (STEM Education Trends in Research, the need to defy the norm)
  • 22:41 – Slide 31 (STEM Education Trends in Research, Gotham city as a testbed)
  • 23:58 – Slide 32 (STEM Education Trends in Research, recovering from social disruption)
  • 26:56 – Slide 33 (STEM Education Trends in Research, potential impact)
  • 27:39 – Slide 34 (Characteristics of Future Engineers, what else is missing?
  • 28:04 – Slide 35 (Characteristics of Future Engineers, insight from NASEM New Voices)
  • 28:51 – Slide 36 (Characteristics of Future Engineers, expanding knowledge)
  • 29:18 – Slide 37 (Characteristics of Future Engineers, expanding knowledge)
  • 29:38 – Slide 38 (Characteristics of Future Engineers, why knowledge expansion)
  • 30:49 – Slide 39 (Characteristics of Future Engineers, why knowledge expansion)
  • 32:22 – Slide 40 through 44 (Final thoughts and Acknowledgements)

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