Society of Women Engineers to meet Sept. 28

The Society of Women Engineers will celebrate the chartering of its local chapter at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 in Mendenhall Great Room #1.

The chapter was officially recognized this summer by the national chapter. The group supports women in engineering, a field that has traditionally included only about 20 percent female students and a smaller percentage of women engineers in practice.

The chapter also serves to highlight ECU’s engineering program, which enrolled its first students in 2004. More than 450 students are enrolled in the program in fall 2012.

For more details about the organization, visit http://www.ecu.edu/news/womenengineers.cfm.

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ECU engineering program receives $600,000 NSF grant

A $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will fund scholarships for East Carolina University engineering students and underwrite critical student research and collaboration with national scholars.

The 5-year NSF grant is a milestone for a 7-year-old engineering program, said Dr. Hayden Griffin, department chair for engineering. It will be an asset for the program, helping address financial need and open additional academic doors for students, he said.

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