Engineering firms hosting students as part of international exchange
As part of the ongoing programs of Fort Sister Cities, 17 engineering students and 2 professors from Toluca, Mexico’s TEC de Monterrey University are visiting engineering firms in Fort Worth to further their education this week.
In its third year, this engineering mentorship program gives students an opportunity to learn about possible careers they could have in the field of engineering. While in Fort Worth the students will visit Freese & Nichols, UTA’s Robotics Institute, TCU, XTO, BNSF Railway, Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin.
“I think that hosting students from another country is a great way to give back to our profession and to communities outside our country. It certainly shows how global our profession has become, “said Bob Pence, President and CEO of Freese and Nichols. While in Fort Worth the students will be home hosted by Sister Cities members and also visit the cultural district, Stockyards and Sundance Square.
The goal of the program is to provide the students information on engineering careers ranging from architecture, automotive and aerospace and provide them a practical application to what they have been studying in school. It is also an opportunity for them to make contacts for networking as they develop their eventual careers in the field of engineering.
“This exchange has become very popular with our university partners in Toluca and we are appreciative of the participation of our local engineering companies and universities who welcome these students and host them,” said Brad Mahon, Chairman of the Sister Cities Board. “Sister Cities does this to create meaningful people-to-people exchanges and to create better understanding between our countries.”
Sister Cities since 1998, Fort Worth and Toluca have experienced numerous other exchanges including middle and high school partnerships; municipal and economic forums; tourism exchanges; language immersion; health care exchanges; and municipal police training programs.