Tuesday, July 26, 2016

[010] MTSU ACE Camp recruits future builders, designers

MURFREESBORO — One of 17 high school students attending the MTSU ACE Summer Camp, Dylan Akers obtains his love for building and design through DNA.

His father, Chris Akers, is a civil engineer with Littlejohn Engineering Associates, an S&ME company, in Nashville. And the passion flowed to Dylan, 17, a rising Franklin (Tennessee) High School senior.

The ACE Mentor Program camp, which is free to participants and the only one in the U.S. this summer, brings students from Atlanta, Birmingham, Brentwood, Nashville, Murfreesboro and elsewhere to learn about architecture, construction and engineering — hence the ACE acronym.

To view video about the camp, visithttps://youtu.be/7jP3pr1WXUM.

“It’s a high school mentoring program that encourages students through mentoring and scholarships to pursue careers in these disciplines,” said Tom Gormley, associate professor in the MTSU School of Concrete and Construction.

Led locally by Jack Tipton and Dan Ryan and facilitated by MTSU faculty, ACE mentors, whose companies helped pay half of the students’ camp fees, hope their recruiting efforts attract the teenagers after finishing college. Tipton is director of ACE regional programs for the Southeast and Ryan is ACE Mentor Program of Greater Nashville vice president.

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