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Local Engineers Test…

All are welcome to visit a first of its type hands-on exam at San Antonio’s newest college-level pre-engineering program this week.
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Local Engineers Test SPC Pre-engineering Students

All are welcome to visit a first of its type hands-on exam at San Antonio’s newest college-level pre-engineering program this week.

When the 12 students in St. Philip’s College’s new pre-engineering program present computer and 3-D graphics capstone projects that consist of using Auto CAD to design their own objects and building those objects for display using a 3-D printer, the students will not be evaluated by college engineering program faculty who assigned the test.

Each of the students will be evaluated by four or five of the leading engineers in the city. The program takes place Dec. 1 from 9-11 a.m. in Lab Room 201 of the college’s William C. Davis Science Building at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive in the city’s Denver Heights neighborhood (Building marked as "9" on the interactive map http://alamo.edu/spc/imap-mlk/).

Within the college’s mathematics department, Darrel Dolph is the engineering coordinator who devised the innovative test that both engineers and engineering students are excited over.

“I’ve relinquished my role and as teacher and turned it over to my Engineering Advisory Board members, all of whom are engineers,” said Dolph. “They will present and show the final product, and they will receive their evaluation from four-or-five engineers who are actually evaluating each student over a two-hour period,” Dolph said.

“I’ve assigned the project, but I'm not evaluating the projects,” Dolph explained. “We're having the local engineers evaluate the students. I'm turning it over to the professionals in the community. The students and the engineers, they can hardly wait,” said Dolph. For the students, they will get a taste of the engineering experience, early in their careers as students,” Dolph said.

After checking in with Dolph, all are welcome to observe as much of the process as they would like. Dolph is ready to recruit new students who can enter the program in January or in fall of 2018, he said.

“The first step in creating the engineering program was developing the pre-engineering courses. The second step was creating an Engineering Advisory Board this year. The next step is creating community awareness of our program and recruitment. We are ready to go,” said Dolph.

For details on the program, contact Dolph at 210-486-2485, ddolph@alamo.edu.

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