The New NY Bridge project was recently on full display at the 2017 Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo, where thousands of curious minds gathered to discover new career opportunities.
Seeking to inspire the next generation of engineers, representatives from the New York State Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) shared their insights with thousands of attendees at White Plains High School.
TZC engineer Lenny Lustrino described the expo as an amazing experience.
“It was great to see the incredible interest in the new bridge and share the engineering behind it,” Lustrino said. “It was fulfilling to speak to students and parents about the industry and what it takes to become an engineer.”
Lustrino participated in a panel discussion that focused on fundamental relationship between a solid education and a successful career in the field. He also described his experience growing up in Westchester County and his motivation to join his “home project” on the Hudson River.
The New NY Bridge project’s outreach team was also on hand to share details and answer questions about the new 3.1-mile twin-span structure.
The project’s educational outreach initiative has engaged more than 50,000 students since 2013, using the New NY Bridge project as a prime example of innovative design and engineering. Students of all ages learn the importance of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics—collectively known as the STEAM—through the project team’s animated presentation.
“The construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge provides local teachers a unique opportunity to show students that math and science doesn’t just live in the classroom,” New NY Bridge project spokesman Khurram Saeed said. “These lessons apply to real life. We hope the New NY Bridge project’s educational outreach program not only engages young minds but inspires them too.”
If you are interested in learning more about the project’s educational outreach effort, please contact the outreach team at NewNYBridge.com/contact.