The Vaughn Engineering and Technology Department hosted its second annual STEM Day workshop for community college students on Friday, March 6. The participants, composed of students and faculty, traveled from Queensborough, Bergen and Passaic community colleges. 

Dr. Hossein Rahemi, chair of the engineering and technology department, began the workshop with a presentation of the College’s program offerings and student involvement in professional and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. 

Orchestrated by Professor Mudassar Minhas, participants were given tutorials in avionics with hands-on experiences with aircraft radars, communication and navigation systems. 

The workshop continued with introduction to 3D and surface modeling through the use of software systems such as Solid Works and CATIA as well as Vaughn’s computer numerical control and coordinate measuring machines. Participants were also able to witness the process that is building and manufacturing of drones through the “Build-A-Drone” segment of the workshop. 

Vaughn students volunteered to present their involvement in technical clubs and competitions, conferences and publications. This allowed participants to gain insight into how the College prepares their students for not only involvement in STEM fields but future career prospects.