NSPE's president & MSU engineering researcher advises JCJC students

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-10-23 13:10:48

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s engineering students had the rare opportunity and privilege to have the President of the National Society of Professional Engineers as a guest speaker for its Student Engineering Club. Robert Green is also Mississippi State University’s undergraduate coordinator and a veteran research engineer. The new NSPE president emphasized the importance of networking, getting licensed and learning how to communicate with everyone.
“If I can’t communicate I won’t do well because I won’t be able to understand the other party I’m working with on a project. It’s a global economy. Learning a foreign language is also recommended because you end up learning a culture,” said Green. “Learning to work with others is preparing you to be a professional.”
Green, who also serves as a captain in the U.S. Navy explained, the classes a student chooses and educational goals are important. He said for example, a calculus based physics class gives students a better understanding of how things work, which often leads to the invention of something practical, while enhancing other skills. Getting a doctorate degree ,or planning for the highest educational degree, can also prepare the student to be the best engineer possible. 
“Leadership skills are honed while pursuing a doctorate degree and some of you will end up doing something we don’t even know about yet,” said Green. “Operating with that mindset, you’ll be preparing yourself to do anything. Your leadership skills will separate you from everyone who makes good grades in engineering.”
The MSU professor said there are almost three-thousand students majoring in one of the ten specialties within the engineering field. Being in Phi Theta Kappa honor society and interning will give JCJC students an advantage in the future he said. JCJC’s physics and engineering instructor and Student Engineering Club sponsor, Mary Boleware noted that the number of JCJC students majoring in engineering has grown in the last two years and MSU heavily recruits her students.
“It’s very exciting to have the national president of the NSPE sharing his insights with our Jones students,” said Boleware. “Speakers like Robert Green and the wisdom he shares with our students, inspires them to work harder and be persistent in preparing themselves for a future career in this competitive field.” 

JCJC electrical engineering student and president of the JCJC Engineering Society, Ike Armour said he is taking Green’s tips to heart. 
“Having Mr. Green speak recently assisted our group of engineering students in gaining more perspective for where we are going in our field. I’m re-examining my goals because he especially emphasized the value of achieving excellence in our studies by aiming for a Ph.D. in our field of engineering. It is always good to hear from those who are already out there who can shed light on our path!”


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