PITTSBURGH--Westinghouse Electric Company continues its 130-year legacy by leading innovation and educating students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based careers. In 1893, George Westinghouse hired Bertha Lamme, the first female electrical engineer in the U.S. Today, Westinghouse works diligently to ensure that all students, with a focus on young women, are aware of STEM opportunities.
Three recent events underscore this commitment to such initiatives and the importance of exposing students to STEM-related education.
Penn Trafford High School and Westinghouse partnered for the annual Penn Trafford Engineering Fair. Highlights include student interactions with Cindy Pezze, Westinghouse chief technology officer, hands-on science demonstrations during which more than 40 students explored nuclear science with tools used in Westinghouse projects, model nuclear fuel assembly components, fuel pellets and much more.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering, now in its 14th year, exposes high school girls to engineering careers and gives them a glimpse of what a day in the life of an engineer is really like. Westinghouse’s Cranberry and Churchill facilities recently completed two separate sessions, with a third planned for November in Madison, Pa. In 2016, 62 students and 19 school districts toured working labs and conducted hands-on experiments to learn more about engineering applications within Westinghouse.
Westinghouse Electric Company and the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh partner together for the “Nuclear Power – Tour Your Future” workshop where small, intimate learning sessions are held for girls aged 12 and up. Recently, Westinghouse offered a tour of the AP1000® nuclear power plant simulator, giving the girls an up-close opportunity to see how nuclear power plant command centers operate. During the tour, students learned about the many safety mechanisms in place throughout a nuclear power plant and interacted with the instrumentation and models.
To learn more about Westinghouse Electric Company and our 130-year legacy of innovation visit www.westinghousenuclear.com.