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Spring break didn’t include sand, sun or beaches, but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the College of Engineering’s freshman learning community to explore Seattle’s engineering industry.
The group toured Henningson, Durham and Richardson Inc. (HDR), Boeing’s large commercial aircraft facility and Microsoft headquarters. Students also participated in a Titan business simulation competition that required them to assume the role of a CEO and operate their own manufacturing companies.
The learning community met with members of the Dean’s Advisory Board and local alumni. Board president Bob Brightfelt, ’65, ’67, hosted the trip.
Between tours and meetings with industry leaders, the group visited the Seattle Space Needle, toured the Port of Tacoma, went on a Puget Sound dinner cruise and watched a Supersonics basketball game.
The college has had a freshman learning community for eight years. Students live in Abel Hall, take core classes together, participate in events with faculty and industry representatives and organize social activities. Seventy students are participating in the program this year.