The High School Engineering Academy (HSEA), an innovative Saturday morning program at Fairfield University’s School of Engineering, is working to create a pipeline of young science and engineering talent. It’s an important mission considering that fewer American college students are choosing to study math, science, technology and engineering in comparison with the needs of the nation. For the United States to continue to be competitive within the global economy, according to E. Vagos Hadjimichael, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering, it is vital that young people pursue careers in the sciences and engineering.
The HSEA program is in its second year. It had gained overwhelming popularity among area high school students and their parents during the first year of its operation, in 2008-09. This year, approximately 40 students from the five Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Bridgeport participate in HSEA. Members of the School of Engineering faculty teach in the Academy.
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