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National Grid Sponsors Summer Engineering Camp for HS Students at Stony Brook University

Jun 13, 2013 - 12:00:00 PM

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A student links fiber optics at last year's Engineering Summer Camp.
STONY BROOK, NY, June 13, 2013
- National Grid, an international energy delivery company, has awarded $15,000 to the Stony Brook University Engineering Summer Camp, a two week residential camp for students interested in computer and electrical engineering, for materials and the financial assistance of students.

“This program supports National Grid’s Engineering Our Future initiative, designed to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers,” said Mauri Myers-Solages, Corporate Citizenship Manager of National Grid. “We, along with other utilities across the country are facing a looming shortage of engineers so it makes sense for us to work with Stony Brook University in developing the next generation of talent needed to help support the nation’s energy delivery system.”

During the camp, 20 high school students, who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2013, live on the Stony Brook campus for two weeks where they explore the dynamic fields of electrical and computer engineering. Among other activities, they build a radio, make a metal detector, create sound effects and fabricate a fiber optics voice link. They also make new friends with similar
Students attending last year's Engineering Summer Camp are pictured building an AM radio.
interests and experience college living. The culmination of the camp is an awards ceremony where students display their creations to faculty, students, parents, and friends.

The Stony Brook Engineering Summer Camp was started in 2009 by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Monica Bugallo, who co-directs the camp with Professor Emre Salman from the same department.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in mathematics, science and engineering to participate in hands-on experiences that can increase their interest,” said Dr. Bugallo. “The students are a joy to be around, bright, motivated, and curious. I do not worry about the future of our country when I see the creativity of our next generation.”

Yacov Shamash, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University strongly supports the camp. “Engineering is a profession that literally shapes our future, and we need to educate and mentor the future engineers of America, who will create solutions for our nation’s challenges,” said Shamash. “It is encouraging that National Grid recognizes and tangibly supports this need.”

“Stony Brook University has now created residential programs for high school students in science, mathematics and engineering,” said Keith Sheppard, Director of the Stony Brook Center for Science and Mathematics Education. “Stony Brook University has an expanded vision of its role in the community and will continue to develop new opportunities for our next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.”

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About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it "joins everything up." In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country. National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. For more information please visit our website: www.nationalgridus.com, Follow us on Twitter, Watch us on You Tube, Friend us on Facebook, Find our photos on Flickr.

About Stony Brook University
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 24,000 students and 2,200 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation and Kiplinger named it the 22nd best value in public colleges for in-state students and 9th for out-of-state students. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.


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