Twenty promising students from Bridgeport high schools are getting a taste for college life and studies at the Computing Education Academy (CEA), a year-long Saturday program through the School of Engineering.
The program aims to excite students about the wonders of engineering, a critical factor in bolstering the country’s scientific future, said Dr. Bruce W. Berdanier, professor and dean of the School.
“It’s so vital to get young people in the United States interested in areas like computing and software engineering, because they’re going to grow up to be our next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators,” he said. “This endeavor complements our strategic goal to enhance student interest in engineering and to increase the visibility of the importance of engineering to society through a student-centered approach.”
Funded by grants from various corporate organizations, including ASML and the United Illuminating Company, CEA provides opportunities for students to learn key computing concepts and basic computer programming through hands-on activities.
Dr. Amalia Rusu, associate professor of software engineering, and Dr. Wook-Sun Yoo, chair of Software Engineering, are codirectors.