David M. Granger


AUBURN -- Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will host as many as 2,000 high school and junior college students on Friday, Feb. 23, for E-Day, the college's annual showcase of its departments and programs.

This year, E-Day will showcase transportation --- one of Auburn's Peaks of Excellence programs. Peaks programs are promising special research initiatives identified by the university and approved for special funding.

"We chose transportation because of its visibility and growing emphasis as a Peaks of Excellence program, but also because it encompasses multiple engineering disciplines," said Bob Karcher, student services director for the college. "Civil, mechanical, aerospace engineering -- all of these are somehow related to the field of transportation."

Students from every high school and junior college in Alabama and several selected out-of-state schools have been invited to attend the day-long event. Karcher says most students come from Alabama, but past E-Days have drawn students from 13 different states, including one from as far away as Michigan.

"What we try to do through E-Day is expose these students to the field of engineering," he said. "Some of them really don't know a lot about the field and we hope to educate them and excite them about the possibilities of a career in engineering."

Each of AU's nine engineering departments -- aerospace, agricultural, chemical, civil, computer, electrical and software, industrial and systems, mechanical and textile -- will provide faculty and students who will be available to answer questions from prospective students. The event will also include tours of the Auburn campus and engineering departments. Admissions and financial aid representatives will also be available to answer questions.

E-Day begins with registration in AU's James E. Foy Student Union at 8 a..m. All visitors will receive an E-Day notepad. T-shirt commemorating the event will also be for sale.

"This event is the single best opportunity for students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at Auburn to acquaint themselves with our programs, our students, our faculty and our campus," Karcher added.

For more information on E-Day or the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University, call 334/844-4310, visit the college's Student Services office at Ramsay Hall, Room 104 or visit via the Internet at www.eng.auburn.edu .

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CONTACT: Bob Karcher, 334/844-2311.