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Find your place in one of the many School of Engineering student organizations. Apply your classroom learning in a team environment while gaining valuable communication and leadership skills. These experiences will benefit your studies and your future career.

School of Engineering Solar Car Team Makes Presentation to the SIU Board of Trustees

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, three students from the School of Engineering’s Solar Car team presented their work to the Board of Trustees.

Presenting to the board were Amy Sunderlin, electrical engineering graduate student; Lisa Smith, electrical engineering junior; and Zach Crawford, mechanical engineering senior.

In the 10 minutes they were allocated to speak, the team:

  • Provided information about the domestic and international racing opportunities available to collegiate teams.
  • Described how the solar car works from harvesting energy from the sun to converting it into energy the car can use or store.
  • Explained the role of a solar car team member and how students benefit from the experience.
  • Illustrated how the team was unique in designing and constructing their own solar array.
  • Communicated how the team has improved since they formed despite the challenges they face and are working to overcome.
  • Demonstrated how SIUE benefits from solar car activities.

2nd Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

SIUE and The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted nearly 150 middle school-age girls for the second annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The event was Sat., Feb. 22, in the SIUE School of Engineering Building and offered young girls exposure to the engineering field.

Activities included small groups using teamwork to design and create miniature roller coasters, Ferris wheels and slingshots. The attendees also managed balance with marshmallows and designed robot commands.

An approximately 60-member volunteer group comprised of professional women engineers and SIUE students supported and guided the participants. Following the completion of each activity, the volunteers offered analysis.

“We discover that as the girls get more comfortable with each activity and their team, they become more competitive and produce the best structure,” said Sofia Chkautovich, chair of the SWE event committee and a junior civil engineering major. “They move from being intimidated or afraid to being interested. They lose that protective cloak and see the result of teamwork and bonding.”

Parents were also included as SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim and female engineers spoke to them about future career paths for their daughters.


Each year, engineering student organization members dedicate hundreds of days preparing and competing in various design competitions. Join a student organization and compete with some of the top engineering schools in the country.

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