By Henry DeVries
''It’s never too late to fall in love with science and engineering,'' says Steve Briggs, a plant biologist and faculty member at UC San Diego, who started out as an English major until a botany class convinced him to switch his focus.
Briggs has also served as the chief scientist for The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering (formerly known as the San Diego Science Festival), which features interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering.
For those interested in science and business careers, the festival offers a free career development week. There will be three free open house information events sponsored by UC San Diego Extension from 5 to 8 pm March 26-28. The events take place at the UC San Diego Extension University City Center, 6256 Greenwich Drive, near the Governor Drive exit off I-805.
Tuesday, March 26 will be Life Sciences and Healthcare Night. The event will feature a recruiter’s roundtable on the life sciences and healthcare industries. There will be panels on careers in substance abuse counseling, healthcare IT, clinical research and regulatory affairs, industrial biotechnology, biostatistics and case management.
Wednesday, March 27 will be Business Night. There will be panels on careers in business management, project management, fundraising, finance, facilities management, human resources, six sigma, sustainability and accounting.
Thursday, March 28 will be Information Technology and Engineering Night. There will be panels on careers in digital arts, computer and cyber security, systems engineering in medical device product development, mobile software development, industrial and environmental engineering, energy efficiency and building automation systems and data mining.
To find out more or to register for a career development night, visit the website at http://extension.ucsd.edu/events/openhouse/
Because there is a nationwide shortage of college graduates entering science, technology, engineering and math careers, the mission of The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is to inspire San Diego’s youth and career changers to get involved in these rewarding fields. Through interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and engaging speakers, the festival shows people of all backgrounds that they have the potential to become tomorrow’s leading innovators.
More than 55,000 kids, parents, scientists, educators, job seekers and community members participate in annual festival events. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations present more than 35 events throughout the county March 16-28, highlighted by an Expo Day at Petco Park from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, March 23. Details are on the website at www.sdsciencefestival.org.