Education Opportunities (AIE, etc.)


The ASMDA Adventures in Engineering Committee is responsible for coordinating with the Junior Achievement of Northern Alabama, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama A & M, and Calhoun Community College to advertise, plan and execute the annual Adventures in Engineering Day.

As part of the ASMDA Sponsorship process, the committee is responsible for soliciting a $1000 sponsor for the event. In return for their sponsorship donation, the sponsor will have their company logo on: 1. All marketing and informational material; 2. Event t-shirts; and 3. Bus transportation.

The purpose of the program is to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines as a career choice to high school juniors and seniors from 23 area high schools and homeschool organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Normally scheduled during the month of September each year, the program arranges for students to visit a multitude of organizations, meet with employees and participate in a variety of demonstrations at various sites on Redstone Arsenal. During the visits, students are giving the opportunity to observe what engineers do on a daily basis, provide them with hands-on knowledge, and encourage their pursuit of a science profession in the Tennessee Valley.

Participating organizations normally include the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC), NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT), Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Lockheed Martin, and the Reagan Test Site Operations Center.

The event starts and ends at the University of Alabama in Huntsville's (UAH) University Center. The students assemble at UAH in the morning and board buses that carry them to the various visit stops on the Arsenal. The day's events include speakers from a variety of areas, hands-on exhibits, outdoor displays, and lunch. The program ends at UAH in the afternoon where engineering professors from participating Universities (normally UAH, Alabama A & M, and Calhoun Community College) present overviews of what engineering students experience during their time in college.

High school juniors and seniors register to attend the event through their school counselors. Registration is required to be completed by the end of the first week in September to secure participation. All participants, students, and chaperones are required to be U.S. citizens. The number o f students selected will be based on bus transportation availability.

Within 14 days of completion of the Adventures in Engineering event, the chairman of this activity will provide a paragraph, and possibly pictures to the ASMDA President and the Website Committee Chair for publication on the ASMDA website.

 Committee Chair Committee Members
 Julie Schimacher Pete Weiland
  Mike Malone
  Loretta Spencer
  Al Kemmet
  Dave Diaddario
  LaFreeda Jordan