LAUREN MENTORS AND EDUCATES ENGINEERING STUDENTS
Halle Norris, Vice President, Lauren Manufacturing, is named to Kent State Tuscarawas Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board
Halle Norris, Vice President of Manufacturing at Lauren Manufacturing, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board at Kent State University Tuscarawas.
Norris is an honors graduate of Kent State Tuscarawas with a bachelors of science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. As a student, her counselor was Dr. Kamal Bichara, director of the Engineering Technology department and founder of the advisory board.
Dr. Bichara was very much a mentor to me as I earned my bachelors degree, Norris said. He talked me into studying engineering, as opposed to a more traditional field. I wanted to serve on the advisory board to pay back to the community and the campus what I felt was given to me.
The Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board at Kent State Tuscarawas is a liaison between the campus and the engineering community. Board members inform faculty, staff and students about changes and needs in the industrial market, and further help arrange field trips and identify resources such as guest speakers related to the engineering profession.
According to Dr. Bichara, Board members help evaluate the program of instruction, suggest technical information for the program, assist in recruiting students, provide internships, and place qualified graduates in appropriate jobs.
Dean Gregg Andrews, the Engineering Technology faculty, and I work very closely with the board to gain constant feedback about community and industrial needs, in order to move in the best direction that assures the quality and success of our programs, he added.
Dr. Bichara is pleased to have Norris serving as a member of the universitys Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board. For years, I have known Halles personal commitment in support of engineering and manufacturing, as well as her interest in promoting engineering as an a...
Dr. Bichara is pleased to have Norris serving as a member of the universitys Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board. For years, I have known Halles personal commitment in support of engineering and manufacturing, as well as her interest in promoting engineering as an attractive career choice for high school girls.
To further her involvement with future engineering students, Norris was a guest speaker during a February 1st event at Kent State Tuscarawas called Women in Engineering. The goal of the event, attended by 32 female high school students, was to introduce young women to engineering and science.
The comments and clearly articulated advice that Halle gave to the students were very effective in presenting to them the unique opportunities for young ladies in engineering, said Dr. Bichara.
Those who attended the Women in Engineering event said that Norris presentation was inspiring and gave them a positive image of the opportunities and the role women play in the engineering and manufacturing sector, he added.
Published by Lauren Manufacturing on 21 May 2013
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