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UTSA electrical engineering lecturer Matthew Joorden with high school
students in internship program

Engineering internship program prepares students

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 12, 2008)--Fifty-five area high school students were welcomed this week to the UTSA College of Engineering as part of the second annual summer internship program at the 1604 Campus. The program offers students the opportunity to learn about research in UTSA's advanced manufacturing and robotic and intelligent machines laboratories and exposes them to the demands of studying engineering.

Over the summer, 35 students will complete 48 hours of laboratory observation with an assigned mentor. Students completing the internship will receive $900. Those who enroll full time at UTSA could earn $3,600 to assist with finances in their freshman year.

The remaining 20 students will enroll in the new "Just In Time Math" program; upon completion of the summer program, they can begin taking engineering classes at UTSA in the fall.

"Before students are able to take engineering classes, they have to complete calculus classes, and this program will help prepare them for the required engineering course load," said Mehdi Shadaram, UTSA mechanical engineering professor and summer internship organizer.

The summer internship program is supported by nearly $500,000 in funding from the Department of Education's Math, Science and Engineering Initiative and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Youth in Technology program.

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