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Celebrate Awesome - E-Week 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 2:11pm

Dr. Zaria O'Bryant, Accelerate Program Administrator, spent a few days participating in activites celebrating engineering week in the state. She shares what inspired her during the week.

"Celebrate Awesome" was the theme for E-week (Engineering Week) - February 17-23, 2013. And what an awesome time it was! On Sunday afternoon, I started the week by participating in a workshop for Delta GEMs that focused on planning for college and careers. Delta GEMs are high school girls that are mentored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I shared with them my story - how I started as a student at Keenan High School, majored in Engineering at Clemson University, then pursued my careers in engineering and education. This path has led me to my current position as the Accelerate Program Administrator.

On Friday, I spent the day at Paul Knox Middle School in North Augusta assisting my sister, Rana O’Bryant with a Teach-In. Rana is a Chemical Engineer with the Savannah River Site, who volunteers her time to share engineering with middle school students by conducting Teach-Ins. We shared videos, personal stories, and interactive, hands-on activities.

On Saturday, the Augusta chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) hosted a Technical Forum for over 100 students ranging from 4th-12th grade. The theme was “The Sky's the Limit”. The forum featured a keynote speaker who connected the work ethic he learned as a child to his academic success as a Mechanical Engineering student at Clemson, and then to his career as a Vice President at GE.

I am very fortunate to have been able to share in so many diverse experiences that had a far-reaching affect on so many students. Learn more about E-Week here.

Guest Blogger
Dr. Zaria O'Bryant
Accelerate Program Administrator

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