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Female Engineering Students Get a Glimpse of Professional Possibilities
September 20, 2013

The U.S. Navy’s Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) hosted six newly admitted female engineering students from Old Dominion University on July 18, offering the aspiring engineers an opportunity to shadow members of the NSSA engineering department.

Earlier this year, the university and NSSA signed a memorandum of agreement to promote a partnership focusing on the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). That led to a natural partnership with ODU’s Engineering Early Advantage Program (EEAP).

Begun more than a decade ago by the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, the EEAP program offers admitted female engineering students – who will be entering an academic discipline in which females have traditionally been greatly outnumbered – a summer program where they can get acclimated to their academic studies before starting the fall semester.

While at NSSA, the students were given a tour of the command’s facilities, which included many of the technical spaces and labs where engineers were on site troubleshooting problems.

NSSA is a command within the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) enterprise. NAVSEA has made a continuing effort to recruit, develop and retain a diverse world-class workforce that sustains the naval advantage in technical capabilities. NSSA has developed this approach into a staple pillar of its current strategic plan and is focused on a sustainable workforce proficient in the areas of STEM.

NSSA partners with several universities and technical schools in Hampton Roads, teaching the skills needed to be successful at a naval command. NSSA believes it is important that students at these institutions be given the opportunity to meet its engineers to ask questions and get feedback on real-world experiences working in and around the fleet.

This article reprinted from materials provided by Old Dominion University.

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