The 14th annual engineering evening, “Engineering... in a Roundabout Way,” will be held at Defiance High School on Tuesday. The intended audience includes high school and junior high school students, parents, relatives, teachers, professionals, etc., who can explore options in the engineering and technology fields.

Activities are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Guest speaker is Waterville resident Raymond Luk, P.E., senior project manager and the Ohio transportation group manager for the Mannik & Smith Group, Maumee.

Luk graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He has been part of the design and construction teams advancing mobility and safety throughout Ohio and Michigan for more than 25 years.

Project highlights include the Ohio 66/Palmer Drive roundabout, McCord Road roundabout in Lucas County, the $160 million U.S. 24 Fort to Port project and Toledo’s Veterans’ Glass City Skyway and ProMedica Parkway.

Additional local projects include the U.S. 24/Ohio 66 interchange, the North Clinton Street project and Rosewood Avenue. The Mannik & Smith team is currently designing the Ottawa and Cleveland avenue intersection project.

Tom Mutchler, CAD instructor, relayed that a question-and-answer forum is scheduled with professional engineers and college representatives from two- and four-year programs. An engineering/technology college fair also will be available. The event sponsor is the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers/Maumee Valley Chapter.

“I think attending this event allows students and parents to not only interact with professional engineers, but college representatives who offer career pathways to engineering,” said Mutchler. “Many students are at a crossroad in terms of deciding on what direction to go in terms of high school classes to take if interested in engineering careers, and also whether engineering is even something they would like to pursue. As always, all are welcome regardless of school system or age level.”

For more information, contact Mutchler at tmutchler@defcity.org; or Sam Manz, counselor, at smanz@defcity.org, or call 419-784-2777.

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