SMC engineers aspire to impress at Industry Day

first_imgThe Career Center’s Engineering Industry Day drew more than just corporate representatives to campus Tuesday, namely, engineering students from Saint Mary’s. The Engineering Industry Day (EID) event brings engineering companies and students together through a variety of events at the Joyce Athletic and Convention Center. Azunne Anigbo, a chemistry major at Saint Mary’s and chemical engineer at Notre Dame, said last year’s EID Fair helped her advance her career goals. “I went to the Industry Fair last year, and it was really good,” Anigbo said. “I met with a lot of people [and] got an interview out of it.” Saint Mary’s chemistry professor and engineering program administrator Dr. Toni Barstis said like the Notre Dame Career Expo, the EID Fair hosts companies looking to hire students in specific fields. The Fair gives students the opportunity to network with recruiters while researching and applying for positions. Jenna Troppman, a Saint Mary’s math and Notre Dame civil engineering major, said she was pleased by the variety of businesses at the Fair and found some firms with which she would like to intern. “It was very enlightening, seeing all the companies and all the different [things] that they do and all the different locations,” Troppman said.  Barstis said the Saint Mary’s engineers met with career exploration specialist Laura Flynn from the Career Center on Thursday in order to prepare for the EID Fair. Flynn worked with the students to improve their resumes and interview skills. Saint Mary’s junior Mary Kate Hussey, a chemistry and chemical engineering double major, said working with Flynn prepared her for her future job search. “I think that it really helps make you aware of what you need to do in the future at interviews and other career fairs,” she said. In addition to the Fair, Engineering Industry Day included a dinner for minority engineers, a breakfast for chemical engineers, a civil engineering lunch and other, major-specific events. These activities enable students to meet engineering companies in a more intimate environment that provides ample opportunities for networking and learning more about a specific industry, Barstis said. Haley Gordon, a chemistry and chemical engineering major, said most of the EID events were during class times, which made it difficult for Saint Mary’s engineers to participate.  Neverthless, Chanler Rosenbaum, a math and mechanical engineering major, and some other Saint Mary’s engineers managed to attend. Rosenbaum said after attending a event specific to her major Monday, she was excited about the EID Fair. “I went to the Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering Night [on Monday],” Rosenbaum said.  “I thought it was a great experience. I learned about the different departments that were most interesting to me in each company. I talked to a few companies … and will talk to them [at the Fair] to show that I am very interested in interning at their company.” Saint Mary’s alumna Megan Gin, a chemist and cellular biologist representing British Petroleum (BP) at the Fair, said the dual-degree engineering program made her an asset to her employer. “It’s a very challenging program, to say the least, but it is something that’s very rewarding in the end,” Gin said. Gin said when she was a student, the dual-degree engineering program was in its early years. “I think the program was still growing,” Gin said. “I think as more and more people become aware of the program and understand it, each year it gets a little bit bigger and it gets a little bit better.” Chemist and cellular biologist Madeline Powell, another Saint Mary’s alumna, represented the SPX corporation at the Fair. She said the dual-degree program gave her an analytical understanding of what it takes to work in a lab as an engineer and a scientist. The senior composition experience at Saint Mary’s also gave her confidence and an advantage when presenting in professional and technical environments, she said. “I was able to experience a technical degree in a small setting like Saint Mary’s but also able to experience the large lectures at Notre Dame,” Powell said. “That was invaluable.”last_img read more

Spreading H1N1 virus claims 19 more US children

first_imgOct 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The H1N1 influenza virus is now widespread in all but two states and has claimed the lives of 114 children, 19 more than the toll a week ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in an update today.”Essentially what we see is more virus, more vaccine, and more deaths,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said at a press briefing.An online CDC update says 22 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported this week, of which 19 were due to confirmed H1N1 infection and 3 were due to influenza A strains that were not subtyped. Since April, 114 pediatric deaths have been confirmed as H1N1-related and another 12 were from non-subtyped influenza A.More than two thirds of the 114 children who died had underlying health conditions that increased their risk, said Frieden.He said the national trend in H1N1 cases continues upward, though there have been decreases in a few areas, particularly in the Southeast. The only two states not included on the CDC’s online list of those with widespread flu are Hawaii and South Carolina.Recent CDC survey data indicate that many people at risk for severe H1N1 cases have not sought treatment when sick, Frieden reported.”One thing we’re surprised to see is that even among people who have an underlying condition, only half sought care for flu-like illness,” he said. Those with health conditions that put them at risk should seek treatment promptly, he added. The CDC has been stressing the importance of early antiviral treatment for such patients.To relieve spot shortages, the CDC is releasing the remaining 234,000 treatment courses of liquid oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for children in the Strategic National Stockpile, Frieden reported. The agency had released 300,000 courses on Oct 1.Some of the supply was held in reserve awaiting a clearer picture of the needs around the country, he said, adding, “It’s now clear that it’s best to release all we have and get more from the manufacturers as soon as they can provide it.”Delivery of more liquid oseltamivir is expected from the manufacturers early in 2010, he said. In the meantime, pharmacists can make a liquid formulation by using adult capsules and a syrup, he noted.On the H1N1 vaccine supply, Frieden said the cumulative total of doses available (including doses already distributed) has reached 26.6 million, which is 10.5 million more than a week ago. CDC officials recently predicted that the supply would reach about 28 million doses by the end of October.As for vaccine uptake, some “very preliminary and partial information” is that about half of the doses are going to children and half to adults, Frieden reported. Only about 1% to 2%, he said, is going to people aged 65 and older, who are not a priority group because they seem less susceptible to the virus than younger people.He said the CDC is just beginning to get information about the results of school-based vaccination programs. Because of logistical challenges and the need for parental consent forms, “We are encouraged if we see half or more of the kids get vaccinated in school; we don’t expect to see anything like 80% to 90%.”In other comments, he said 89 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine have been distributed, out of about 115 million doses expected this season. The vast majority of doses have been administered, and the vaccine remains in short supply, he said. The CDC has not seen any seasonal flu strains circulating so far.See also: CDC H1N1 update read more