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Each summer the Department of Textile Engineering hosts a week-long summer camp for the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. 20 cadets, rising juniors and seniors in high school who have reached a certain rank and are chosen by the national organization, explore engineering careers by participating in activities with several engineering departments, including aerospace, industrial, mechanical, materials, and textile. In the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering they investigate composite materials, then design and create air foils for testing in the aerospace engineering smoke tunnel. They visit with student teams (Baja, hovercraft, solar car, and solar house), Air Force ROTC, and tour behind the scenes at Maxwell Air Force Base and the Auburn-Opelika airport.
At the end of camp they have many new friends, vivid impressions of what engineers do, and fond memories of their adventures in the College of Engineering at Auburn University.
Cadet Brian Brenize, 16, from Spokane Washington cuts composite material he will use to cover his airfoil during the Civil Air Patrol Engineering Technologies Academy at Auburn University.
Cadets Michael Farage, 16, and Katie Broyles, 14, cut the carbon fiber they will use to cover their airfoils during a lab exercise at the Civil Air Patrol Engineering Technologies Academy at Auburn University.
Dr. Peter Schwartz, head of Auburn's Depart of Textile Engineering, discusses an engineering principle with Cadet Brian Brenize, 16, of Spokane, Washington, during the Civil Air Patrol Engineering Technologies Academy at Auburn University.
Cadet Ethan Price (right) inserts into a vacuum-seal bag the airfoil he designed at Civil Air Patrol's Engineering Technologies Academy at Auburn University. Cadet Brian Brenize (left) and Jeff Thompson (center) look on.
The 2004 E-Tech official group photo.