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Meet Wendy Peng: Materials Engineering Student

A little piece of red tape – and discovering she had diabetes – changed Wendy Peng’s career plans. Learn how her dreams changed from becoming a Wall Street business woman to a materials engineering major at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

“To be honest, I’ve always wanted to be a business woman since I was in grade seven. I always dreamed that someday in the future I would become one of the most influential women on Wall Street. The reason why I wanted to be a business woman is simple: I wanted to make MONEY. However, things changed dramatically in my 9th grade summer.

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Bye, Bye Blues?

Millions of people get the blues during winter. It’s called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and current treatment requires shining a light in the sufferer’s face for up to two hours a day. But Finnish start-up Valkee has a better idea: directing light into sufferers’ ears.

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Summer Programs: U. Illinois, Grades 9-12

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers two week-long residental programs in June and July: Exploring Your Options introduces high school rising juniors and seniors to the field of engineering; Discover Engineering is for rising sophomores interested in math and science to work on projects incorporating different aspects of engineering.

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Essay Contest: Middle and High School, Richmond, VA

In celebration of National Engineers Week, the Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council (RJEC) is conducting two contests for Middle and High School students in the Richmond/Petersburg area, the annual essay contest and a new technology contest. Submisssion deadline: Jan. 20, 2010.

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