Outreach and Recruitment
The School of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) offers outreach programs to visiting high schools, middle schools, teachers and counselors, parents of prospective students, and industry professionals, as well as to Georgia Tech students. The majority of the outreach is geared toward recruiting students into MSE as well as to educating the public about the career opportunities the program provides.
High School Outreach
Yearly, high school students and their parents are invited to campus for the annual MSE Career Day. They hear presentations on materials, tour the labs, are informed of current research initiatives, and interact with faculty and current students. Participants receive free football tickets to the Tech game played on the day of the event.
Participation in On-campus Outreach Events
MSE’s enrollment office takes part each year in Tech's Engineering and Computing Conference, all Connect-with-Tech Sessions, Girls’ Night Out, Family Affair, Futures, President’s Scholarship Weekend, and Welcome Weekend as well as entertains visits from interested prospective Tech students and their parents.
The Georgia High School Outreach for Science and Technology Program (GHOST) is designed to teach high school students about materials science and give them a new perspective on engineering. Through the GHOST program, graduate students in materials science and engineering (MSE) at Georgia Tech are able to visit high school classrooms in metro-Atlanta, and give hands-on demonstrations about a range of topics in MSE, including metals, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials, and nanotechnology. These interactive demonstrations are meant to highlight how exciting studying science and technology can be and to get the students interested in pursuing studies in MSE or other science fields.
In addition to promoting MSE within high school classrooms, MSE students also offer guided tours of their labs on the Georgia Tech campus to several student groups from the local Atlanta area. During their trip to Georgia Tech, high school students tour a variety of MSE labs with each tour consisting of relevant demonstrations pertaining to that lab’s research and discussions of its applications. The objective of both programs is to reach all types of students, both those highly motivated and those less interested in science, and to ignite their enthusiasm for learning about science and technology.
The School has organized a series of workshops for the carpet industry with input on topics from carpet industry representatives. Each spring MSE sponsors a workshop on recycling of carpet, textile, and polymer fibrous waste in Dalton, Georgia. This workshop has been ongoing for nearly a decade and is well-attended and well-received by approximately one hundred industry participants.
Prominent Lecture Series
The School sponsors the annual Brumley-Pritchett Lecture series, inviting a researcher of national prominence to campus to present to faculty, students, and staff.