Engineering Fair an opportunity to network for students, companies

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Faculty of Engineering will hold an Engineering Fair at Driftmier Engineering Center on the UGA Campus Nov. 7. The fair will begin at 9:30 a.m. and feature representatives from twenty companies in the engineering and consulting industries. The event is an opportunity for these companies in search of design engineers to connect with soon-to-be graduates. All UGA students are encouraged to attend.

Many of the companies involved with the fair will be represented on campus by alumni, an extension of what has become a successful job pipeline for UGA engineering graduates. “Students find jobs by building a professional network,” says Tim Foutz, professor and coordinator of undergraduate engineering programs at UGA. “The career fair provides our students the opportunity to meet practicing engineers and better understand what entry level jobs will require.”

Today’s technology-focused industry wants engineers with the comprehensive education needed to understand the impacts of their design decisions. University of Georgia engineering graduates are increasingly attractive across the industry for their global perspective and ability to communicate across multiple disciplines. A solid curriculum and balanced experience across the traditional engineering fields produces a versatility to go with the fundamental background that is increasingly unique in the field.

“It is important for our students to learn how to interview and to get exposure to companies that have job openings,” Foutz says, “Getting the companies to come to campus is the best way to do this.” Bringing companies to campus also allows the industry to meet rising third- and fourth-year students looking for contacts to co-op positions, summer jobs and internships. Undergraduates are encouraged to post their resumes online at www.engr.uga.edu. For a list of companies participating in the engineering fair, please contact the engineering academic office.