Full steam ahead! College supports local high school students in Zoo Train Challenge

In September, 50 Milwaukee-area high school students and their teachers visited the college and attended workshops on ergonomics and process engineering presented by Madiha Ahmed, industrial engineering lecturer and researcher. The students are participating in the Zoo Train Design Challenge, a community collaboration that is helping the students gain real-world engineering experience. The challenge centers on improving efficiency, safety and site design for the coal handling process for the Milwaukee County Zoo’s steam locomotives.

“Workshop attendees shared what they learned with classmates, observed the setting at the zoo and asked questions of the train operators,” says Chris Beimborn, STEM Outreach Specialist.

The college is a partner in this collaborative engineering experience spearheaded by LearnDeep MKE. In December, the college will host the student teams when they present their conceptual designs and engineering students will provide them with feedback.