Engineering students gathered on Sept. 6 between Building 9 and the CLA building for their Fall Kickoff and Club Fair.

Presented by the College of Engineering, the Maximizing Engineering Potential Center (MEP) and the Engineering Student Council, the event’s purpose was to help incoming freshmen and transfer students become familiar with the department and get involved with the engineering community on and off campus.

Students roam the Fall Kickoff and Club Fair, where campus clubs, organizations and even businesses set up shop. (Sabrina Zelaya | The Poly Post)

Different engineering clubs came out to recruit members.

The Association of Energy Engineers, the Cal Poly chapter of the Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers, Engineers with Borders and more all had booths out.

Shannon Sharma, fifth-year computer engineering student and student assistant of Cal Poly Pomona Women in Engineering, said outreach was her main focus.

“What I hope to get out of this event is just to let everyone who’s a female engineer know what our club stands for and what we love to do for our students on campus,” she said.

Student projects were also showcased at the fair, including the Cal Poly Human Powered Vehicle and the Cal Poly Universities Rose Float.

Members of SAE Motorsports, Cal Poly Pomona’s racing team, network with fellow engineering students. (Sabrina Zelaya)

Various engineering industries also came out to recruit students for internships and other positions.

AT&T, Google, UPS, Western Digital, PepsiCo, Union Pacific, Boeing and more set up stalls to interact with students, in hopes of them considering their companies upon graduation.

“We have industry reps giving information to the students, engineering companies that are here trying to recruit also,” said Cynthia Casado, administration support coordinator.

As incentive for getting involved, the event offered students food and a 20 percent off coupon at the Bronco Bookstore for collecting five stickers at the fair.

To obtain a sticker, students had to interact with different clubs and club representatives who would sign off for them. The fair also provided participation credit for EGR-1000 students.

The MEP is offering tutoring for engineering students through fall semester. To schedule appointments, students should contact meptutoring.acuityscheduling.com. For other questions, they can email mep@cpp.edu and check out @ecouncil.cpp on Instagram for more updates on future events.

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