aspiring engineers will visit the MSU Texas campus this summer as part of the
annual YES Camp (Young Engineer Summer Camp) sponsored by Arconic Foundation.
The University’s McCoy College of Science, Mathematics & Engineering will welcome
the group of motivated high school students to its learning center June 24-28.
Students of the
weeklong camp will spend time in the McCoy School of Engineering and
participate in a tour of Arconic’s Wichita Falls facility.
thankful to Arconic for their support of MSU,” said Camp Director and MSU
Associate Professor Salim Azzouz. “It is through their generosity that we are
able to provide this annual summer camp.”
company that specializes in lightweight metals for engineering and
manufacturing, operates a plant in Wichita Falls and partners with MSU Texas in
many ways, including the youth camp. YES Camp began in 2010, and this will be
the seventh year of support from the Arconic Foundation. In the seven years as
co-sponsor, Arconic Foundation has provided $220,000 to support the engineering
“The goal of
this weeklong summer camp is designed to enhance a participant’s interest in
engineering as a potential career, and to develop analytical skills needed for
college-level courses,” said Marcie Williford, a Monoshell Business Unit
Process Owner for Arconic.
“The YES camp
is always exciting being it brings opportunities to learn more about STEM
careers to students thinking about the future,” said Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden,
the dean of the McCoy College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering. “There
is a high demand for engineers in the world today, and these students have a
lot of potential to be highly skilled and capable members of that important
worked with the camp since 2014, and assumed the director’s role this year. He
believes the camp is a benefit for all involved. He said he loves seeing teens
who are “really interested in what’s going on in the world, especially with
energy, engaged in the discussion. I would say most of them ask good questions.
They are interested in climate change and energy and they pay attention to
that. It’s interactive. I challenge them to think and ask very challenging
a frequent question from young people involved is “how much do engineers make?
That is always a great motivator for them to pursue an engineering field,” she
said. “That question is usually followed by what does it take to get an
engineering degree? It is a great lead into the need to work hard and study
because it is worth it.”
Not only do MSU
Texas engineering students work at Arconic in Wichita Falls, but also many
graduates have moved on to work at other Arconic locations. The company said it
enjoys connecting with students even before YES Camp with tours each year for
junior high and high school students.
State University and Arconic work closely together on various projects in
addition to YES Camp,” Williford said. “MSU is our No. 1 source for our
engineering talent.” Williford said the plant employs two engineering co-op
students who participated in previous YES Camps.