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Freshmen build community in engineering workshops

October 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

You have one minute: Rant on the topic of “Pockets.” Go! It was just one of the activities freshman engineering students tackled in Excellence in Engineering, a series of six workshops covering everything from resume-building to handling stress and public speaking. The workshops, led by engineering students, also are designed to build a sense of community in the department.

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Girl Powered event: Sugar, spice, everything STEM

October 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

They programmed robots, made battery motors, concocted some gooey gak and, more importantly, got in touch with their inner scientist. Fourth- through eighth-grade girls were all about science, technology, engineering and math at the Girl Powered STEM Workshop on Saturday in the Engineering Building. The event, a partnership between the GCU Robotics Club and Strategic Educational Alliances, was inspired by VEX Robotics’ Girl Powered Initiative, which aims to redefine the face of STEM.

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Want a forever career? Cybersecurity is IT

October 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Cybersecurity expert Mark Pribish said that retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA, told an international cyber audience in 2017 that when it comes to cyber threats: “Here’s a fact. You can’t stop it,” at least not 100 percent. With the news of data breaches, identity theft and the like always making headlines, the possibilities of building a career in the cybersecurity industry are strong. He was the first speaker in the Dean’s Speaker Series in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, talking this week to technology students about “Cybersecurity Career Opportunities Outside of IT.”

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Adding a minor to degree plan has major implications

October 03, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Increasingly, students at Grand Canyon University are adding minors. These extra concentrated courses give students deeper knowledge in a branch of their major, an increased skill set, a complement to their major, or a completely different academic area to explore.

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First engineering cohort on the job at recruitment fair

October 01, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University will hit another milestone in 2019, when its first engineering graduates will walk the stage. But before then, those students are busy brushing up their resumes and getting connected with industry, such as at Friday’s Engineering and Technology Job/Internship Fair at GCU Arena. Students spoke with companies such as Paradox, whose flagship product is an artificial intelligence human resources tool named Olivia, as well as Kroger, which was looking for engineers for its project management team, and Benchmark Electronics, which is developing an Engineering Center of Excellence in Tempe.

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Professor talks nanotechnology, power of Scripture

September 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Rice University synthetic organic chemist Dr. James Tour’s research spans from nanomachines that can drill into cells, such as cancer cells and super bacteria, and kill them, to graphene nanoribbons used in spinal cord repair. But his College of Science, Engineering and Technology One Foundation talk on Friday also focused on his faith and how it has played the biggest role in his life and his scientific success.

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Assessment helps CSET engineer stronger students

September 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology is taking a unique approach in helping their freshmen engineering students “find their God-given purpose,” as CSET Dean Dr. Mark Wooden calls it. As part of their curriculum, those students take a comprehensive personality and career assessment called the Indigo Assessment. “We were looking for something that would help incoming students determine early on whether their choice of an engineering major was truly in line with their internal motivators and capitalized on their unique strengths,” said Wooden.

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Guinness World Record honor thrills Robotics Club

September 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Little did GCU’s Robotics Club members know what competing at a recent event would lead to. Not only did the Thunderbots bring home the Judges’ Award from the VEX Robotics World Championship in the spring in Louisville, Ky., they also received certificates of participation from Guinness World Records. The event recently was certified as the world’s largest robotics competition.

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First day of class makes the grade

August 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is always evolving, with new buildings rising up and offices and colleges moving to new spaces. All the change makes for an interesting first-day of class. The GCU News team fanned out on Monday to talk to students, professors and even the Success Patrol and Academic Career Excellence Centers, who there there to make sure students found their classrooms.

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In high-tech and old school, Game Night wins big

August 22, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In the Technology Building, students played games via the glow of computers powered by tons of RAM and sharp graphics. Meanwhile, across campus, gaming took on a different look at the Modern Board Gamers Guild’s Game Night, where old-school tabletop board games was the call of the day. Either way, students networked and connected with each other during Welcome Week through high-tech and old-school gaming.

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