Event to celebrate the role of engineering in society

Mechanical Engineering Technology professor Neil Walker will speak at the March 21 event.

Mechanical Engineering Technology professor Neil Walker will speak at the March 21 event.

March is National Engineering Month, and Niagara College is marking the celebration by hosting an information night on March 21 to celebrate the role of engineering in society.

Called ‘Engineering Our World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ the event is open to the college community and the public. It will highlight ways that engineering shapes the world and leadership roles that engineers play in our society, as well as encourage students to get involved in this exciting field.

The speaker for the event will be Neil Walker, a full-time professor in Niagara College’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program and a licensed professional mechanical engineer. Walker, who has a background in aerospace testing and related technology, spent 10 years as senior test engineer at Goodrich Landing Gear in Oakville (now operating as UTS Aerospace Systems). He has delivered PLC and fluid power training in the United States and Ghana, as well as a paper on landing gear testing for the Airbus A-380 to the Canadian Aeronauts and Space Institute (2005).

“Engineering technology is an extraordinarily broad and arguably fascinating field, but its practice takes place largely outside the public eye,” said Walker. “Unlike law, medicine, science, finance, policing, journalism, politics, midwifery, fishing, ice-road trucking and cookery, engineering is without colourful recognizable personas. This makes it hard for an outsider to understand what lives in engineering are like.”

The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the College’s Welland Campus (The Core). A question and answer period will follow the speaker’s presentation. The event will also include door prizes and awards, as well as refreshments.

Event sponsors include National Engineering Month Ontario, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), the Niagara College School of Trades and the College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

The event is free, but an RSVP is required via email to deecortes@gmail.com.

View event information here: http://nemontario.ca/events/niagara-college-2016-1/

Through its Media, Trades and Technology division, Niagara College offers engineering technician and technologist programs in computers, civil engineering, construction, electrical and electronics, mechanical, motive power, photonics, renewable energies and welding.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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