James Madison University

'Girls Exploring Engineering Program' Visits JMU

PHOTO: Chantilly Group Visits Engineering

On Saturday, November 12, the JMU Department of Engineering hosted 15 high school girls for a day filled with hands-on and minds-on activities, including a structural design challenge, a wind power design challenge, and a biomedical engineering experiment.  These young ladies are enrolled in Chantilly High School’s Girls Exploring Engineering Program, which is one of few programs nationwide to offer a girls-only high school course on engineering exploration.  The event was hosted by Drs. Pierrakos, Watson, and Kolvoord with the help of seven JMU Department of Engineering female students (Kritika Vayur (’13), Christen Rhodes (’12), Leslie Bland (’12), Christina DiMarino (’12), Sara Bethel (’13), Emily Cummings (’13), and Paulina Hoang (’13) from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) group.



  • September 12
    6:00 p.m.
    ICCE Event: Innovation, Collaboration, Creativity, Entrepreneurship
    Festival and Student Conference Center
  • September 19
    12:15 p.m.
    MADE Professionalism Seminar Series:
    Construction Engineering and Cover Letters that Sing
    HHS 2003
  • September 19-20
    Capital One/JMU Hack-a-Thon 
    ICE House
  • September 29-30
    Fall Career and Internship Fair
    11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Festival Ballroom
  • October 3
    12:15 p.m.
    MADE Professionalism Seminar Series:
    Engineering Study Abroad Opportunities
    HHS 2003