The MU College of Engineering’s drive to educate future generations of engineering leaders isn’t contained solely to college students. Maria Fidalgo’s lab has been giving students from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia the chance to work on meaningful environmental engineering projects for the last three years.
Fidalgo, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has done extensive work in the areas of membrane processes and improving water quality. Three years ago, she was contacted by a teacher at Rock Bridge about developing an internship program for high-achieving students with the goal of them to gain engineering experience in a hands-on manner. Meanwhile, the College benefits by helping potentially foster a love of engineering in high school students, some of whom have gone on to start their journey as future engineering leaders at MU.