EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut - Two East Hartford-based Research Center engineers, Luis Arnedo and Hayden Reeve, recently participated in East Hartford Middle School's annual Career Day, sharing their respective professional experiences with more than 75 8th-graders to encourage student interest in engineering careers.
Reeve, who volunteered to be a guest speaker in order to "demystify what engineers and scientists do," said he enjoyed interacting with the students and helping them to understand the types of technical and non-technical skill sets necessary to succeed in the scientific world.
"They were amazed to learn that jet engines are designed and built right here in East Hartford, and that virtually every aircraft in use today is outfitted to some degree with UTC products," he said. Shown right:
Inspiring the students to be more curious about -- and less intimidated by -- science and math while underscoring the importance of a solid education was Arnedo's goal for Career Day.
"I felt it was important to impress upon the kids the wonderful things education can bring to their lives," he noted, "especially if they develop strong skills in math and science."
He added, "I found it especially challenging to draw the girls in each classroom into the discussion. Most were initially far less interested than the boys -- until I emphasized the tremendous impact of UTRC's female scientists in terms of their contributions to the Research Center and UTC, in general. Once it was clear this career path was open to them, as well, they joined right in. It was very rewarding to see."
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