On Friday December 3rd, BAE Systems in coordination with SHPE-NYC hosted SHPE college students at the BAE Systems facility in Wayne, NJ for an event called Operation Explore. The purpose was to host an event focused on enabling students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career opportunities in the defense industry. Students interacted directly with engineers and technologists who are leading the development of many innovative products.
Students showed great determination just to get to Wayne, NJ. They drove over 1.5 hours from Stony Brook University and Rutgers University. Some came from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Students even took a public bus from the City College of New York (CCNY).
The event kicked off with lunch and informational videos, provided by the host Juan Alvarez, BAE Systems, which showcased lines of businesses as well as specific products relating to BAE Systems. The participants were then taken to the manufacturing floor where they had the opportunity to see live circuit card assembly work. They were also able to tour the environmental testing lab where BAE Systems products are placed through extreme environmental conditions.