Oregon Institute of Technology celebrates STEM occupations

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations can earn an average of $64,650 per year. Individuals who wish to pursue careers in this field may benefit from enrolling at the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech).

The school aims to promote STEM careers, particularly those in engineering. In honor of events such as National Engineering Month, Oregon Tech hosts a celebration dinner and several presentations from faculty and industry professionals.

"February is National Engineering Month and we thought we would expand it and celebrate all the disciplines within our college," said Charlie Jones, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Management. "It's a nice opportunity for our students, faculty and alumni to get together, network, talk about careers, our fields and enjoy each other's company."

Charles Riley, assistant professor of civil engineering, was the keynote speaker at the event. His presentation featured a plan to create an outdoor teaching space that reflects the aspects of steel connections.

Also presenting was David Gilroy, of the Simpson Strong-Tie Company. His organization creates structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes.

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