AREVA Inc. Executive Shares Career Path with Local Students
March 13, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 13, 2015 – Students at the Charlotte Engineering Early College (CEEC) welcomed Lee Williams, AREVA Inc. senior vice president, to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus recently to learn how he built a rewarding career in engineering and the skills they need to succeed. The discussion was part of AREVA Inc.’s National Engineers Week activities.
Williams, a 35-year veteran of the nuclear industry, stressed the importance of having a broad view of engineering disciplines and knowing how to work within a team in order to succeed.
“Engineers need more than just technical skills to succeed,” said Williams. “They also need organizational and people skills. The most successful engineers are those who can work as a contributing member of a team.”
AREVA Inc. is a proud supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the Charlotte community. In addition to Williams’ discussion at CEEC, AREVA volunteers visited the Vance High School Academy of Engineering to talk about engineering careers and to host an engineering challenge activity with students. They also visited Patriots STEM Elementary in Cabarrus County to talk about interesting engineering careers with second graders.
AREVA's Lee Williams spoke to more than 50 students from the Charlotte Engineering Early College at UNC Charlotte. Williams discussed his career path – from math teacher to civil engineer to engineering executive – and the skills needed to be successful.
Following a discussion about engineering careers with AREVA volunteers, Vance High School Academy of Engineering students were challenged to build the tallest, strongest tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows.