Thirty-seven students and professors from Missouri University of Science & Technology, Saint Louis University and Washington University spent Saturday, April 4th at an all-day workshop to learn about real-world applications of engineering. It was the second hands-on workshop sponsored by the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG) and Geotechnology, Inc. at the firm’s headquarters in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Students studying geological engineering, geology, civil engineering, geophysics, and structural engineering spent the day learning how to collect soil and rock samples using a drill rig, perform laboratory soil tests, and perform geophysical surveys. Two of AEG’s members plus 11 (four are also members of AEG) of Geotechnology’s engineers, geologists, geophysicists, lab managers, and drillers shared what they do and what part they play in making a project work.
The goal of the workshop is to help students understand how the academic information learned in the classroom is used on engineering and construction projects for clients, while giving them an idea of what they could possibly do in the future with their degrees.