Marshall Academy, GMU School of Engineering to Host Youth Conference

School News
February 10, 2020

In recognition of National Engineers Week (February 16-22), Marshall Academy, a Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy and George Mason University’s (GMU) Volgenau School of Engineering will host the fourth annual National Engineers Week Youth Conference on Sunday, February 16, at GMU’s Fairfax campus. The conference will feature keynote speakers: Atif Qarni, Virginia Secretary of Education; Diane G. Miller, director, Northrop Grumman InfoSec Operations and Identify Management and Global Cyber Education and Workforce Development; and Deborah Crawford, GMU vice president for research.  Conference workshop sessions include a wide range of engineering fields including: bioengineering, civil, mechanical, systems, as well as cybersecurity and computer science and technology. Attendees will get insider tips on how to succeed with pursing an engineering degree and network with guest speakers and future engineers and IT professionals. Hands-on activities include opportunities to design and build structures, wearable technologies, digital archaeology, artificial intelligence, designing electric-propelled ships, and concepts from nanotechnology to prosthetics. Participants will apply computer science to solve problems in medicine, develop cybersecurity strategies that keep devices safe, and robots and drone demonstrations. Online registration is available. Parents must register with their child under the age of 18, as minors must be accompanied by their parents. Conference sponsors are AWS and Northrup Grumman. Contact Shelli Farquharson at 703-714-5581 or smfarquharso@fcps.edu or Kammy Sanghera at GMU at 703-362-2474 or ksangher@gmu.edu.