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Delphi Engineers Help Encourage Teens toward STEM Careers through Explore Engineering Program

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Engineer demonstrates automobile electronics to a student.

Encouraging Youth: Keenan Estese, a systems engineer with Delphi Electronics & Safety, shows an Explore Engineering member the advanced technology inside a vehicle of the future. Joining Estese at the session were Eric Fenelon, a power electronics engineer and 2006 electrical engineering alumnus; and Theron Nelson-Mercer, a software engineer, and 1993 electrical engineering alumnus.

Delphi Electronics & Safety engineers made recent presentations at Rose-Hulman to showcase innovations in automated driving and encouraged Wabash Valley teens toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Providing technical talks to members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student chapter were Keenan Estese, Delphi systems engineer; Eric Fenelon, a power electronics engineer; and Theron Nelson-Mercer, a software engineer. They shared information about voice recognition vehicle controls, developments in active safety sensors, and recent advances in power electronics technology.

Then, the engineers showcased how these innovations were implemented in a vehicle displayed at this year's Consumer Electronics Show-as featured speakers at the winter meeting of Rose-Hulman's Explore Engineering program. Estese joined with volunteers from the institute's Blue Key Honor Society to help youths build and test automotive radios.

"We were fortunate to have the support from these professional engineers who are helping Delphi develop cutting-edge automotive technology," says Blue Key President Thomas Foulkes, a senior electrical engineering student. He had an internship with Delphi Electronics & Safety during the past two summers. "Rose-Hulman students and Explore Engineering students enjoyed the opportunity to learn the role engineers have had in implementing these innovations."

Rose-Hulman's Explore Engineering program allows students in the sixth through 10th grades to explore their STEM interests through hands-on activities. A STEM Fair on April 28 will allow students to explore various STEM fields with dozens of hands-on activities and demonstrations. The event is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m., starting in Room M-137 of Myers Hall on campus.

More information about the Explore Engineering program, including registration forms, is available by contacting the Office of Admissions.