5th Annual AIST Midwest Chapter High School Engineering Seminar

Written by Kelly Dallas of ArcelorMittal USA

AIST MC HS Seminar Group Photo

The fifth year of the AIST Midwest Chapter High School Engineering Seminar was held on Wednesday November 7, 2012 at Purdue University Calumet. Fifteen high schools attended; 200 students and 17 faculty members.

The following High Schools were in attendance: Chesterton, Crown Point, East Chicago Central, Gavit, Griffith, Hammond, Hammond Academy of Science & Technology, Highland, Hobart, Lake Central, Lowell, Marquette, Morton, Munster, and Valparaiso.

The following universities, industries, and engineering firms participated: Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University – West Lafayette, Valparaiso University, ArcelorMittal USA, NIPSCO, United States Steel Corporation, AIM Machinery, CET, Inc., EQ Engineers, SNC Lavalin – Capital Engineering, and Superior Engineering.

Also in attendance were members of the AIST Midwest Chapter, along with students and faculty volunteers from Purdue University Calumet and the CIVS Center.


Michael Peterson – Lowell MS PLTW: “Thank you for accommodating our unique situation. Ryan really enjoyed the day’s activities. I hope that next year a larger contingent will attend representing the high school. It was a very enlightening and informative session.”

Kendal Smith – Lake Central High School: “Thanks again to you and your colleagues in AIST.”

Theresa A. Knipe – Science, Hammond HS: “First of all I would like to say my students really enjoyed the seminar. The pace and activities were really good. The only suggestion they had is to have more booths (mfg/schools..) to visit in the beginning.”

Drew Martin – Mathematics and PLTW Instructor, Hobart High School: “Thank you for the invite. Our kids loved it. Look forward to coming back next year.”

Chandramouli Viswanathan – Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Purdue University Calumet: “I wish to thank you for such a wonderful effort. It was an amazing effort.”

Nasser Houshangi – Professor & Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, Purdue University Calumet: “Thank you for leading this excellent and important program as we need more students to be interested in Engineering.”