Engineering welcomes incoming students

Photo of 2013 new student welcome in Zachry Lobby

More than 1,000 students flooded the Zachry Engineering Center lobby Aug. 21 for Engineering New Student Welcome.

The event was hosted by Dwight Look College of Engineering as a part of Gig ’Em week, a Texas A&M University event to welcome students to campus.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students visited resource booths that included all 13 engineering departments, a variety of engineering student organizations, industry mentors, the Career Center and the University Police Department. During the event Dr. Valerie Taylor, senior associate dean for academic affairs, and Dr. Prasad Enjeti, associate dean for undergraduate programs, held a question-and-answer session for the incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Photo of 2013 student welcomeStudents who preregistered were entered to win door prizes and one of 30 book scholarships provided by Spectra Energy, which generously donated funds for the event.

Class of 2017 mechanical engineering major Elissa Richard said she was pleased she attended the event.

“I’m really happy I attended to find out the opportunities available to me from leadership positions to internships,” Richard said. “I was really nervous, but this event helped me out a lot so I could figure out the resources that are available in engineering.”

The event ended with a Photo of Mike Fossum '80 with studentmeet-and-greet and presentation by special guest and Aggie astronaut Mike Fossum, a Class of 1980 mechanical engineering graduate. Fossum treated enthusiastic students to one-on-one conversations before his presentation. The students inquired about a variety of topics from Fossum’s time at Texas A&M to how it felt to travel at g-force speeds (which he said felt about the same as a person sitting on his chest).

Fossum spent more than an hour presenting and answering questions from students. He told anecdotal stories from space missions and even shared video clips from space. Fossum encouraged students to be persistent in their academic and professional careers and encouraged them as they began their engineering academic career.

“Engineers fix things. They make things better, they solve problems, they change the world for the better,” Fossum said. “But you don't do that because you got an A in a classroom. You do it because you learned something and you know how to put it to work."

The college of engineering welcomed approximately 2,300 new freshmen and transfer students to campus for Fall 2013, which began Aug. 26.