Nuclear engineering students attend the AREVA-sponsored IndyCar race

There was plenty of enthusiasm at the recent “Careers in Energy” event hosted by AREVA Inc. North America and the Texas A&M University nuclear engineering department. The crowd of Aggie Nukes and engineers at the event included students from the Texas A&M American Nuclear Society (ANS) chapter and the Society of Mexican American Engineers & Scientists (MAES).Areva Race 1

Two Aggies also won tickets to watch AREVA-sponsored IndyCar race car driver Simona De Silvestro pilot the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy race car to a podium finish in the Houston Grand Prix —but more on that in a moment.

First, “Careers in Energy” presenters delivered career guidance and resources on a number of topics:

  • Did you know—Of the 4 million ninth-grade students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) courses, only 4.2% will graduate college with a STEM degree? AREVA’s Director of Talent Acquisition Natalie Martin-Smith discussed STEM statistics, the value of hiring a diverse workforce, and the commitment from AREVA to support STEM education. Students were also asked to rise to the challenge and help promote STEM education to the next generation of students.
  • AREVA’s University Relations Manager Nikki Harris talked to students about AREVA’s intern and early career programs
  • NA-YGN AREVA Charlotte Chapter president and Texas A&M alumni Adam Howell talked about the importance of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear’s (NA-YGN) role in STEM and “a day in the life” moving from the big state of Texas to Charlotte, N.C.
  • AREVA engineer Jonny Abendano, a Texas A&M MAES member and Texas A&M alumni, talked about the AREVA experience and gave students advice on interviewing and transitioning from being an A&M student in College Station to becoming an AREVA employee in Charlotte.
  • AREVA Operational Excellence intern Carter Shields fired up the students about AREVA’s support and awards program for innovation and incubator projects.

Areva Race 3Now, back to the race …

During the “Careers in Energy” event, AREVA drew names for two Aggies and their guests to attend the Houston Grand Prix—and the winners were:

  • Suhaeb Abdulsattav, nuclear engineering student
  • Matthew Kappes, nuclear engineering student
  • Connie Rodriguez, civil structural engineering student (MAES)
  • Eliash Trejo, nuclear engineering student (MAES)Areva Race 2

These four winners joined Texas A&M ANS Student President Lance Merchant and VP Katie Rochelle for an incredible day at the Houston racetrack. They met AREVA-sponsored IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro and her team, toured the KV Racing Technology garage, learned how the high-performance engineering race team promotes STEM education and careers, and better understood the importance of clean air nuclear energy.

According to the Aggie Nukes, it was a good thing they were at the race, since Simona’s historic second-place finish was solely due to good ole Aggie luck and “strength in numbers.”

Courtesy of the AREVA blog