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Friday, September 18, 2009

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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington hopes to recruit potential students for its next 50 years at Engineering Saturday on Sept. 26.

Engineering Saturdays is one of the special programs during the college's year-long 50th anniversary celebration. The first Engineering Saturday is Sept. 26. It is a free event geared to get school-age students excited about engineering. The other two Engineering Saturdays will be held Nov. 21, 2009, and April 3, 2010.

"We want to show students the fun and challenge of engineering," said Carter Tiernan, assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Engineering. "Our goal is to promote engineering to these students so they can make more informed choices as they go through school. We also will work to break down stereotypes about who does engineering and what it means to be an engineer."

Tiernan said the college wants to promote engineering to build stronger relationships with those students.

"The College of Engineering has a large number of summer engineering programs for students in grades 4 through 12," said "These fall and spring events give us more opportunities to interact with potential students."

The college also is looking for corporate sponsors and alumni to help give presentations during the event. Go online for volunteer or sponsor registration.

The event is broken down into three sessions: 9 to 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Students are divided into five age brackets ranging from below school age to high school. Student registration is available online. Parents are welcome also. They can attend the sessions with their children or a financial aid workshop.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Engineering has emerged as one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in North Texas and the nation. The college's eight baccalaureate, 13 master's and nine doctoral degree programs serve approximately 3,500 students, making it the fourth largest engineering college in Texas. With more than 21,000 alumni, the college provides the local, regional and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates. Research expenditures in the past year grew to more than $40 million, and the University will invest $160 million to add 295,000 square feet of facilities in the next three years. With a commitment to creating viable solutions to today's most pressing problems, the College of Engineering is helping to propel UT Arlington toward its goal of becoming a national research university.

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