Past Events

5th Annual Spring 2018 STEM Day on Southern Wake Campus (PLM Plaza)

Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 11:30am-1:30pm

This event will feature STEM-related exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on learning activities.

Come out and support a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sponsored by the WTCC Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Division

"I Got In" Celebration

Northern Wake Campus Building D 360
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  
&
Southern Wake Campus SC 212
Thursday, April 26, 2018 
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Girls in STEM Summer Camps
 

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G.R.I.T.S - Girls Raised
In The Sciences Summer Camp

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4th Annual Fall 2017 STEM Day on Northern Wake Campus (atrium area of NE)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 10:30am-12:30pm

This event will feature STEM-related exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on learning activities.

Come out and support a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sponsored by the WTCC Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering Division


Spring 2017 STEM Day

Come explore the awesome side of STEM and join the fun by attending STEM Day!

Southern Wake Campus PLM Courtyard
Thursday, March 30, 2017  
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Activities and demonstrations include:
3D Printer Demo
Engineering Games
Brian Teasers
Chemistry Demos
Mentos and Diet Coke Experiment
Chance to Walk on Water


"I Got In" Celebration

Northern Wake Campus Building D 360
Thursday, April 27, 2017
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  
&
Southern Wake Campus LE 212
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Northern Wake Campus Building E Auditorium 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


In conjunction with the NC Science Festival, Wake Tech is hosting a one hour talk by scientist, artist, and author, Dr. Goodsell followed by a reception with light refreshments. This event is free but participants are being asked to register for this event using the link posted above.  David Goodsell is an Associate Professor of molecular biology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Dr. Goodsell is an expert in the structure of biomolecules, and uses computer simulations to illustrate molecular organizations and interactions.

As an official 2017 North Carolina Science Festival event, The Artistic Side of Science: An Evening with Dr. David Goodsell is among hundreds of community-based events that are showcasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities for the citizens of North Carolina.

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States.  Through a two-week series of community-based events each spring (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational and cultural impact of science in North Carolina.

“Science is fun, science is everywhere, science is for everyone — that’s what the North Carolina Science Festival is all about,” said Jonathan Frederick, Festival director. “In 2017, we have a special focus on ‘Art and Design’ with events from April 7 through April 23.”

The North Carolina Science Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.

Wake Tech Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering Division
Engineering Department Hosts

Dr. Cricket Bonnetaud 
Director of Transition Advising 
UNC Charlotte, College of Engineering

UNC Charlotte Engineering Programs 
Transfer Advising Session

Friday, March 18, 2016 ▪ 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Pucher-LeMay Hall, Room 220 
Northern Wake Campus: Building ND, Room 401

Dr. Bonnetaud will provide information on UNC Charlotte’s Engineering programs. 
She will also be available to answer questions about admissions and advising for students wishing to transfer.  


Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering Division
LHC STEM Speaker Series presents

Dr. Anne M. Spuches 
Associate Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry 
East Carolina University

“The Roles of Metals in Biology”

February 25, 2016 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Northern Wake Campus: Building ND, Room 125

 

Metals play many important roles in biology and all organisms require metal ions to carry out very specific functions. However, many of the essential metals such as copper and iron are highly toxic unless tightly regulated.  Dr. Spuches will discuss how certain metals, both toxic and essential, are trafficked within the cell.


EAST (Engineering Advising for Student Transfers) group advising sessions are available to all Engineering students. In these group sessions, students can learn about the Associates in Engineering degree, work on the Engineering advising form, and receive information on the transfer process.  

 If you have any questions about EAST advising sessions, please feel free to contact Susan Meardon at [email protected].


 Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering Division
Engineering Department Hosts
Fall 2015 Engineering Competition

December 5, 2015 ▪ 9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Student Services Conference Center

Each semester, EGR 150 (Introduction to Engineering) has a final project that is designed, built, and tested with specific criteria by a team of students. Using the engineering design process to build the project, approximately 66 teams (comprised of 300 students) compete for cash prizes! This year, students will construct a “Rube Goldberg” device with the end goal of popping a balloon. 
The teams sometimes include students from other local community colleges.

Sponsored by: 
Mulkey Engineers and Consultants and S&ME 


EAST (Engineering Advising for Student Transfers) group advising sessions are available to all Engineering students. In these group sessions, students can learn about the Associates in Engineering degree, work on the Engineering advising form, and receive information on the transfer process.  

 If you have any questions about EAST advising sessions, please feel free to contact Bill Hulette at [email protected].


Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering Division
LHC STEM Speaker Series presents

Dr. Mohammad W. Ahmed
Associate Professor of Physics
North Carolina Central University & Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory

“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): 
Global Needs and Opportunities”

December 3, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Technical Education Building, Room 112

Dr. Ahmed will review national security needs in light of trade, economics, geopolitics, and national resources. Possible solutions to some of the national security challenges from the basic sciences will be presented. Dr. Ahmed will also discuss the role students can play, and the opportunities available to students who might be interested in careers in national security. 


Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering Division 
LHC STEM Speaker Series presents

Dr. Fred Gould
Distinguished Professor of Entomology
North Carolina State University

 “Genetic Engineering in the 21st Century: Current Technologies and Ethical Issues”

 November 18, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Technical Education Building, Room 105A

In the past 20 years, genetically engineered foods (GMOs) have become major components of the U.S. diet. In the next 20 years, citizens will be interfacing with genetic engineering in other dimensions of their lives ranging from pests engineered for their own demise, engineering  of humans to alleviate inherited diseases, and engineering of pets to be more appealing to us. Dr. Gould will describe some of the technologies that are coming and will also discuss how we, as a democratic society, should be making decisions now that will influence this coming genetically engineered world. 


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division 
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Dr. Cricket Bonnetaud 
Director of Transition Advising 
UNC Charlotte, College of Engineering

UNC Charlotte Engineering Programs Transfer Advising Session

Monday, October 12, 2015 ▪ 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Pucher-LeMay Hall, Room 220

Dr. Bonnetaud will provide information on UNC Charlotte’s Engineering programs. 
She will also be available to answer questions about admissions and advising for students wishing to transfer.  


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division 
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Dr. Joe Busby 
Teaching Associate Professor, STEM Education 
North Carolina State University

NCSU Graphic Communications Program Transfer Advising Session

Friday, October 16, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Northern Wake Campus: Building ND, Room 440

Dr. Busby will provide information on current options in the Graphic Communications program
at North Carolina State University. He will also be available to answer questions for those Wake Tech
Engineering and Engineering Technology students who may be interested in transferring.   


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series presents

Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt
NASA Astronaut, Apollo 17 Moon Mission

Southern Wake Campus:  
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 
Student Services Conference Center

11:00 a.m.  “Field Geology on the Moon”  
Dr. Schmitt will discuss how the Moon was made, the science behind it,  
and the samples that were taken as part of his experience on the Apollo 17 mission.  
admittance with a free eventbrite.com ticket

3:00 p.m.  “A Look at the Moon”  
Dr. Schmitt will discuss the history of the moon and its relationship to Earth  
as well as his experience on the Apollo 17 mission.  
admittance with a free eventbrite.com ticket

After each talk, Dr. Schmitt will be available to sign copies of his book, Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the pre-conference area. The cost of the book will be $25 plus tax. 

This event is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, grant GEO-1107916.

Sponsored by the Wake Tech Geology Department


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division

STEM Center Reception

Join us as we celebrate the re-opening of our Perry Health Sciences Campus STEM Center in its new location!

Thursday, September 24, 2015  ­ 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
PHS Campus: Allied Health Building, Room 212

Light refreshments will be served.


On September 16, 2015, Wake Tech students, faculty, and staff attended STEM Day on Southern Wake Campus. Attendees were able to explore the AWESOME side of science, technology, engineering, and math through exhibits and activities that provided opportunities for hands on learning. 

Congratulations to the following students who participated to win one of three gift cards:

Jeffrey Moore – Statistics and Probability Activity

Shakira Ward – Estimation Game (Guess the Number of Dice in the Jar)

Brittany Williams – Registration 

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get current information on STEM activities, events, and resources.

A big thank you to Student Activities for sponsoring this event!!! 


STEM Volunteer Opportunity Available!

Wake Tech students have the opportunity to mentor elementary school students. Make a difference and have fun! For more information, visit https://orgsync.com.


    Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division

STEM Stars Competition

Hey STEM Students! Got an idea?...Work with a mentor....Compete to win $500!

Applications due by midnight on September 21, 2015

APPLY NOW!


For the fourth summer in a row, Wake Tech geology students participated in summer research projects at NC State University as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to increase the number and diversity of undergraduates pursuing geoscience degrees.  Wake Tech geoscience faculty identify students who display an interest and aptitude in our introductory geology courses, and provide the students with individual mentoring on education and career opportunities in the geosciences.  Some of these students are selected to participate in paid summer research internships at NC State, culminating in a poster symposium at the end of the summer where the students present their research findings.  This year's symposium was held on July 29, 2015, in the Talley Student Union at NC State.  Sixteen Wake Tech students participated in research projects this summer.  

  • Event Photos

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Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
Hosts

Fall 2015 STEM Day
 Come explore the AWESOME side of STEM and join the fun by attending STEM Day!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 ▪ 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Courtyard Outside Pucher-LeMay Hall

       Join the fun by participating in the following activities and demonstrations:
*3-D Printer Demonstrations 
*Rube Goldberg Device Exhibit
*Math Estimation and Probability Games
*Trebuchet Exhibit
*Food, chance to win gift cards, and giveaways
*Live Demonstrations of the Mentos and Diet Coke Experiment      


Engineering Club Meeting 
 Interested in meeting other Engineering students? 
Join the Engineering Club!

Northern Wake Campus: Friday, September 4, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Building ND, Room 440

Southern Wake Campus: Friday, September 11, 2015 ▪ ­ 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  Engineering Technology Building, Room 230

Visit the Engineering Club website for more information. 


Engineering Club Meeting 
 Interested in meeting other Engineering students? 
Join the Engineering Club!

Friday, August 28, 2015 ▪ ­ 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Technical Education Building, Room 101S

Visit the Engineering Club website for more information.


EAST (Engineering Advising for Student Transfers) group advising sessions are available to all Engineering students. In these group sessions, students can learn about the Associates in Engineering degree, work on the Engineering advising form, and receive information on the transfer process.  

 If you have any questions about EAST advising sessions, please feel free to contact Susan Meardon at [email protected].


Interested in NASA and Space Exploration?

Are you interested in having a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics career? Would you like to work on projects and share ideas with NASA engineers, educators, and scientists? Become a National Community College Aerospace Scholar (NCAS) and explore YOUR future! 

 Who is eligible to participate?

To participate, you must be:

  • A US Citizen.
  • At least 18 years of age and a high school graduate.
  • A registered community college student for either the summer and fall or spring semesters during the application process and project.
  • Have at least a cumulative of 9 hours in a STEM discipline.
  • Able to commit to 12-14 weeks working with NASA.
  • Able to access the internet.

 Applications are due on June 24, 2015. If you have questions, send an email to: 
[email protected].


STEM Speaker Series
Dr. Mohammad W. Ahmed
Associate Professor of Physics
North Carolina Central University and Triangle Universities Laboratory

"Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) and National Security"

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 ▪ 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Pucher-LeMay Hall, Room 141

Dr. Ahmed will review national security needs in light of trade, economics, geopolitics, and national resources. Possible solutions to some of the national security challenges from the basic sciences will be presented. Dr. Ahmed will also discuss the role students can play, and the opportunities available to students who might be interested in careers in national security.      


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
Hosted 

"I GOT IN!" CELEBRATION
A CELEBRATION OF STUDENTS AND THEIR SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER TO A 4-YEAR INSTITUTION

 Are you transferring to a four-year college?
Come share your excitement and be recognized by faculty and peers for your educational accomplishments!

Northern Wake Campus:
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 ▪ 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. 

  Building D, Room 360

Southern Wake Campus:

Thursday, April 30, 2015 ▪11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Library Education Building, Room 212

Stop by and be sure to sign the poster board containing your transfer school logo and let everyone know what program you were accepted into!


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Elizabeth Elliott
Cytogeneticist

“Deadly Algae Blooms and the Search for Holistic Medicines”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 ■ 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Engineering Technology Building, Room 115

Hear Ms. Elliott discuss her work in a natural products laboratory developing new medicines from deadly algae to combat cancer and other deadly diseases.

 Ms. Elliott is a lead bioassay, cell culture developer, and microscopy expert .She obtained her M.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

 Sponsored by the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Learning Community 


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
Hosts its

1ST ANNUAL STEM DAY

 Want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a fun, interactive way?

Join the fun by attending Wake Technical Community College’s first ever STEM DAY celebration!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 ▪ 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
Northern Wake Campus: Building C, Rooms 124/126

Come Join Us for the Following Activities:

*3-D Printer Demonstrations & A Rube Goldberg Device
        *Reproduce given graphs by walking at the “Go-Motion” table
*See how many drops of water you can put on the face of a penny
 *Learn about Trebuchets and see one in action
*Use a microscope to learn more about Microbiology
*Test your luck at estimation to win one of 2 Sheetz gift cards!!

and last, but not least….

*See live demonstrations of the Mentos and Diet Coke experiment!


NEED HELP PAYING FOR COLLEGE?

The Wake Tech Foundation awards scholarships to curriculum students in good standing. 
Awards are based on financial need, academic performance, and other criteria established  by scholarship donors. 

APPLY TODAY!!

Applications are accepted
March 1-April 30 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Access the online application at 
foundation.waketech.edu/scholarships


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

                                     MR. ELDON GATH                                        
 “NATURAL HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND RISK ASSESSMENT”

Friday, April 17, 2015 ▪ 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Pucher-LeMay Hall, Room 241

Mr. Gath will discuss the methodology of hazard map preparation for use by city and county governments for land use planning, hazard mitigation, and loss prevention.  Examples will be shown for several southern California cities and counties, including active fault and seismicity, landslide and slope instability, flooding, wildfire, liquefaction, tsunami, and other types of hazard maps.

 Mr. Gath is the 2014-2015 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology  


EAST (Engineering Advising for Student Transfers) sessions are now available to all Engineering students. In these sessions, students can meet with an advisor, work on the Engineering advising form, and get information on the transfer process. Peer Engineering students will be available to assist and answer questions. See below for locations and times.

Southern Wake Campus: 
Dates: March 23rd and 30th 
          April 6th and 20th
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Location: ETB 230

Northern Wake Campus:
Dates: March 24th and 31st
           April 7th and 21st 
Time: 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Location: BD 440

If you have any questions about EAST advising sessions, please feel free to contact Susan Meardon at [email protected].


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

 Dr. Elin Ulrich
Research Chemist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“The Rise of Women Professionals in Today’s Job Market: A Female Perspective”

Thursday, March 26, 2015 ▪ 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Engineering Technology Building, Room 214

Hear Dr. Ulrich discuss her experiences as a female professional in today’s workforce. She will also discuss the range of career possibilities available in a chemistry field.

Sponsored by the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Learning Community


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Dr. Jimmy Reeves
Professor of Chemistry
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

"What's Different about Science?"

Monday, March 9, 2015 ▪ 12: p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus: Student Services Building, Room 215

Dr. Reeves' work focuses on the application of technology to improve and extend chemistry instruction at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Current projects include revising Kitchen Chemistry laboratory experiments for general chemistry distance learners, developing on-line lectures in physical chemistry, and promoting the UNCW Mobile Learning Environment centered around Tablet personal computers.


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

“The College Transfer Experience: A Discussion with Recent Wake Tech Grads”

Northern Wake Campus: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Building C, Room 406

Are you thinking about transferring to a four-year college?
Get advice and ask questions from students who have gone through the process.    


Women in STEM Learning Community
Book Club Hosts

 A Discussion of The Slight Edge
By Jeff Olson

March 5, 2015 ▪ 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus ▪ Pucher-LeMay Hall ▪ Room 252 

Can eating one hamburger ruin your health? Probably not, but what if you eat one hamburger every day for years? In this session, we will continue to explore how the little decisions you make on a daily basis can compound over time and can negatively impact your life. In subsequent sessions, we will explore how processing information in a different way can lead to greater success and happiness.

Reading of the book is encouraged, but not required.

Light refreshments will be served.  


 Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

 “The College Transfer Experience for Engineering Students: A Discussion with Recent Wake Tech Grads”

Northern Wake Campus:
March 6, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Building C, Room 124

Are you an Engineering student who is thinking about transferring to NC State?
Get advice and ask questions from students who have gone through the process.

 This event is sponsored by the Engineering Club.
Refreshments will be served.  


EAST: ENGINEERING ADVISING STUDENT TRANSFER

EAST (Engineering Advising Student Transfer) sessions are now available to all Engineering students. In these sessions, students can meet with an advisor, work on the Engineering advising form, and get information on the transfer process. Peer Engineering students will be available to assist and answer questions. See below for locations and times.

Southern Wake Campus:
JANUARY 26TH AND FEBRUARY 23RD
4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
LOCATION: ETB 230

NORTH CAMPUS:
JANUARY 27TH AND FEBRUARY 24TH
3:00 p.m.  - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: BD 440

If you have any questions about EAST advising sessions, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected]


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

“The College Transfer Experience: A Discussion with Recent Wake Tech Grads”

Southern Wake Campus:
Monday, February 23, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
 Ready Hall, Room 207

Northern Wake Campus: Canceled
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Building C, Rooms 124/126

Are you thinking about transferring to a four-year college?
Get advice and ask questions from students who have gone through the process. 


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Canceled - We are hoping to reschedule this event. Please check back for more information.

Dr. Sara Grimm
Bioinformatics Scientist
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

“From College to Career: A Discussion on Career Choices and Keys to Success”

Thursday, February 26, 2015 ▪ 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Northern Wake Campus: Building B, Room 361

Hear Dr. Grimm talk about why chose a career in Bioinformatics and what she feels are her keys to success.

Dr. Grimm has experience working as a Bioinformatics Scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and governmental agencies. Her work includes the use of computational analysis to better understand protein and genomic data.

Sponsored by the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Learning Community 


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Dr. Roger Azevedo
Professor of Psychology
North Carolina State University

“Measuring and Assessing Self-Regulated Learning in STEM”

Friday, February 20, 2015 ▪ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus: Pucher-LeMay Hall, Room 262

Dr. Azevedo’s research deals with helping students to better understand how they learn. 
Join us for an interesting discussion on self-regulated learning.

Dr. Azevedo joined North Carolina State University in August 2013 as a Professor in the Department of Psychology in the area of Human Factors and Ergonomics. His main research area includes examining the role of cognitive, metacognitive, effective, and motivational self-regulatory learning processes during learning with computer-based learning environments. He received his doctorate from McGill University in 1998 and completed his postdoctoral training in Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. 


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Ms. Thusheeta Sivayogan
Physics Instructor, Math and Physics Department

"From College to Career: My Experience Running an Observatory"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pucher-LeMay Hall, Room 241

Do you ever wonder what you will do with your degree after you graduate? Do you want to use your degree to do something exciting and challenging? Hear Ms. Sivayogan discuss her experience running an observatory where she was able to use her degree in Physics to bring the wonders of the universe to life for everyone. Ms. Sivayogan will also discuss the challenges she faced as a female professional trying to balance work, family, and social life.

Sponsored by the Women in STEM Learning Community


Women in STEM Learning Community
Book Club Hosts

 A Discussion of The Slight Edge
By Jeff Olson

January 20, 2015 ▪ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus ▪ Library Education Building ▪ Room 204 

Can eating one hamburger ruin your health? Probably not, but what if you eat one hamburger every day for years? In this session, we will explore how the little decisions you make on a daily basis can compound over time and can negatively impact your life. In subsequent sessions, we will explore how processing information in a different way can lead to greater success and happiness.

Reading of the book is encouraged, but not required.

Light refreshments will be served.  


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Dr. David L. Roberts
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
North Carolina State University

“Computer Science Research Has Gone to the Dogs!”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus: Student Services Building, Room 215

Can computers talk to animals? Hear Dr. Roberts discuss his work on
developing a “smart harness” for dogs that can be used to improve disaster response and animal training.

 Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing in 2010.
His research interests lie at the intersection of statistical machine learning and psychology.
His work has been covered in mass media outlets such as the Huffington Post, NPR, PBS,
and it has been presented at the White House.   


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
WiSTEM Learning Community Presents

Benita I. Clark
Associate Vice President for Human Resources and
Title IX Coordinator, Wake Tech Community College

“Assertiveness is Not Just for Men!”

Thursday, November 20, 2014 ■ 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Southern Wake Campus, Pucher-Lemay Hall, Room 341

Benita Clark is a human resources professional with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. As Associate Vice President of Human Resources for Wake Tech, Benita is the leader for the HR function and is based on the Southern Wake Campus in Montague Hall.  Her role includes coaching, succession planning, human resource planning, recruitment and selection, job classification and compensation, performance measurement and conflict resolution.  She has developed a training module in “Assertiveness” because she feels that it is important to have a voice. Come join us to hear this lively and interesting talk! 


STEM Stars Competition

Students in science, technology, engineering, and math classes showcase their ideas for new products, processes, or technology enhancements.  The top competitors have been chosen and have been paired with mentors who have been helping to develop their ideas over eight weeks. The grand prize is $500. Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus
TE Building, Room 105B


Women in STEM Learning Community
Book Club Hosts

 A Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot

November 14, 2014 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus ▪ Pucher-LeMay Hall ▪ Room 330 

In this session, we will continue to discuss the scientific, ethical, and societal contributions of HeLa cells (the first cancerous cells grown in a laboratory).

Reading of the book is encouraged, but not required.

Light refreshments will be served. 


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Guest Speaker Cheryl Alderman
Associate Director for NC State Engineering Programs at UNC Asheville

Interested in mechatronics? Come to an open discussion and learn more about this topic.

Friday, November 7, 2014 ■ 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Southern Wake Campus, Engineering Technology Building, Room 123

  Cheryl Alderman has been the Associate Director for NC State Engineering Programs at UNC Asheville for the past 25 years.  Previously, she worked as a geophysicist for Chevron USA in oil and gas exploration.  She earned a B.A. in Geology from Mount Holyoke College, a M.S. in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Engineering degree with a Concentration in Industrial Engineering from NC State University.  She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Art from UNC Asheville (just for the fun of it).

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by The Engineering Club


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Dr. Anthony Atala
Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

“Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends”

Thursday, November 6, 2014 ▪ 10:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m.
Perry Health Sciences Campus: Health Sciences 2 Building, Rooms 149-152

Imagine a world where you could order a spare body part to replace a
diseased or dysfunctional one. Could this ever become a reality? Dr. Anthony
Atala believes it can. Dr. Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute
for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of
the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. He is a
practicing surgeon and a world-renowned researcher in the area of
regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human
cells, tissues and organs.


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

 Dr. W. C. "Rusty" Riese

Ethics and Climate Change

 Southern Wake Campus:
        Wednesday, October 29, 2014
              Technical Education Building, Room 105A

                                           1:00 p.m. "Ethics, Oil Spills, and Society: Where the Responsibilities Lie"                                                                            4:00 p.m.  "Climate Change: Facts and Fictions

Northern Wake Campus:
      Thursday, October 30, 2014
      Building C, Rooms 124/126

                                            9:00 a.m. "Ethics, Oil Spills, and Society: Where the Responsibilities Lie"                                                                            11:00 a.m. "Climate Change: Facts and Fictions

Dr. W.C. “Rusty” Riese is a geoscientist based in Houston, Texas. He is widely experienced, having worked both in minerals and petroleum as a geologist, geochemist, and manager during more than 40 years in industry. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1980 and is a Certified Professional Geologist and a Certified Petroleum Geologist. He is a Licensed and Registered Geologist in Texas and South Carolina.


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

 The College Transfer Experience
       A Discussion with Recent Wake Tech Grads

Are you thinking about transferring to a four-year college?
Get advice and ask questions from students who have gone through the process.

 Thursday, October 30, 2014 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Northern Wake Campus: Building D, Room 360

Light refreshments served.


Women in STEM Learning Community
Lunch and Learn Career Pathways Presents

 “So, what does a research scientist do anyway?”
Presented by Drs. Jackie Swanik and Rachael Walsh

 October 23, 2014 ▪ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus: Pucher-LeMay Hall, Room 252

In this session, we will discuss the educational requirements, the job duties,
and the rewards associated with being a research scientist.

Light refreshments will be served.


 Women in STEM Learning Community
Book Club Hosts

 A Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot

October 10, 2014 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Northern Wake Campus ▪ Building D ▪ Room 360 

In this session, we will continue to discuss the scientific, ethical, and societal
contributions of HeLa cells (the first cancerous cells grown in a laboratory)
as seen in Part 1 of the book.

Reading of the book is encouraged, but not required.

Light refreshments will be served. 


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Speaker Series Presents

Dr. James Minchin
Post-Doctoral Associate, Duke University

 “The use of zebrafish as a model organism to understand the genetic 
and environmental basis of obesity”

Friday, September 19, 2014 ■ 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Southern Wake Campus, Student Services Building, Room 215

 Hear Dr. Minchin discuss his work on obesity and other research
being conducted at Duke University’s Rawls Lab.


Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
STEM Stars Competition

Hey STEM Students! Got an idea?...Work with a mentor....Compete to win $500!

Applications due September 17, 2014
APPLY NOW!


  Women in STEM Learning Community
Book Club Hosts

A Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot

 September 12, 2014 ▪ 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus  Library Education Building  Room 212

In this session, we will discuss the scientific, ethical, and societal contributions
of HeLa cells; the first cancerous cells grown in a laboratory.

Reading of the book is encouraged, but not required.

Light refreshments will be served.


Women in STEM Learning Community Meet and Greet

  Come Join Us for a Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Meet and Greet
 Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Southern Wake Campus ■ 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ■ Library Education Building Room 212
 Northern Wake Campus ■ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ■ Building D Room 360

 Join us to learn more information about the WiSTEM Learning Community and Available Opportunities

 · Lunch and Learn  · Book Club
· Women Only Classes · Women Only Study Groups
· Volunteer Opportunities


 Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
 STEM Speaker Series Presents

Guest Speaker Anne Polesnak

Interested in Volunteering? Come learn more about volunteer opportunities available with the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

 Friday, September 5, 2014 ■ 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Southern Wake Campus, Library Education Building Room 11

 Anne Polesnak is the Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Anne has 3 years of experience with volunteers and created the Cary ReStore volunteer program as her first project for Habitat Wake. Her 12 years retail experience prepared her for the excellent customer service and organization necessary to coordinate 13,000+ volunteers the past few years. She loves to engage new groups to share Habitat's mission in general and more specifically what impact we have on affordable housing in Wake County.

Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by The Engineering Club


Summer 2014 – Open Advising for Engineering Students in College Transfer Only

Northern Wake Campus: Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Building D, Room 440 
Southern Wake Campus: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Engineering and Technology Building, Room 230  


 Wake Tech Mathematics and Sciences Division
 STEM Speaker Series Presents

GUEST SPEAKER DR. GREG HEMPEN
“HELLO??? ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG ONE?”

 
March 28, 2014 ▪ 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Southern Wake Campus, Technical Education Building Room 112 

Dr. Hempen will discuss the application of research obtained from studying the 1811-1812 
earthquakes on the New Madrid Fault zone. Using past earthquakes, scientists have produced 
models that can help warn of the hazards and risks future earthquakes may pose.

Dr. Hempen will be available after the talk for an informal discussion about geology careers. 

Dr. Hempen is the 2014 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology.


 

Elin Ulrich received a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, with a minor in Environmental Science from Indiana University in 2000. She currently works as a research chemist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her research has focused on analytical method development for pesticides and biomarkers, and applying these methods to human exposure concerns. Dr. Ulrich is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and has served as a founding member and chair for SETAC’s Chemistry Advisory Group.

Dr. Ulrich visited Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus, as well as, Wake Tech’s Southern Wake Campus on November 6, 2013 where she discussed the range of possibilities of careers in a chemistry field.

 


 

 Sharon Allred Decker, NC Secretary of Commerce
presented insights into the future of jobs in North Carolina.

• How is the economy of NC changing?

• What industry sectors will be supplying future NC jobs?

• What will employers be looking for in skilled workers?

• How will the work environment change for younger workers?

 

 


  Dr. David N. McNelis conducted a series of public talks sponsored by Duke Energy Progress across North Carolina to promote energy literacy.  Professor McNelis has more than 45 years of environmental sciences and engineering experience in federal government, university and industry settings. He served in research and research management positions with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Environmental Protection Agency; with the Department of Energy's prime contractor for the Nevada Test Site; and with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

ENGINEERING STUDENTS COMPETE TO SOLVE TRAFFIC DILEMMA 

- Wake Tech and Durham Tech students faced off today in an engineering design contest to solve an actual traffic problem.

 

 

 


BIOLOGY STUDENTS GET CREATIVE AT WAKE TECH -

More than 150 students in biology classes at Wake Tech and Wake Early College put their creativity on display today at Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus.