PITTSBURGH, April 21, 2016Westinghouse Electric Company continues its 130-year legacy by leading innovation and educating students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based careers. In 1893, George Westinghouse hired Bertha Lamme, the first female electrical engineer in the U.S. Today, Westinghouse works diligently to ensure that all students, with a focus on young women, are aware of STEM opportunities.

Three recent events underscore this commitment to such initiatives and the importance of exposing students to STEM-related education.

Penn-Trafford High School and Westinghouse partnered for the annual Penn-Trafford Engineering Fair. Highlights include student interactions with Cindy Pezze, Westinghouse chief technology officer, hands-on science demonstrations during which more than 40 students explored nuclear science with tools used in Westinghouse projects, model nuclear fuel assembly components, fuel pellets and much more.

 Penn-Trafford High School Junior Ryan Bippus, 17, looks at an encased fuel pellet model during a Westinghouse Engineering Fair Friday, April 15.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering, now in its 14th year, exposes high school girls to engineering careers and gives them a glimpse of what a day in the life of an engineer is really like. Westinghouse’s Cranberry and Churchill facilities recently completed two separate sessions, with a third planned for November in Madison, Pa. In 2016, 62 students and 19 school districts toured working labs and conducted hands-on experiments to learn more about engineering applications within Westinghouse.

Obama Academy High School students from right, Sabria Davis, 16, and Amina Newsome, 16, ready some zirconium rods for a demonstration inside Westinghouse Electric Company's Churchill site during "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" event Tuesday.

Westinghouse Electric Company and the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh partner together for the “Nuclear Power – Tour Your Future” workshop where small, intimate learning sessions are held for girls aged 12 and up. Recently, Westinghouse offered a tour of the AP1000® nuclear power plant simulator, giving the girls an up-close opportunity to see how nuclear power plant command centers operate. During the tour, students learned about the many safety mechanisms in place throughout a nuclear power plant and interacted with the instrumentation and models.

 Students learn about how nuclear power plant control operations are simulated at Westinghouse headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pa., during “Nuclear Power – Tour Your Future” – a workshop partnership between Westinghouse and the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh.

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