MWRTBA Executive Director Mike Sakata and Phelps ACE High School students.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA   

Members of ARTBA’s local affiliate, the Metropolitan Washington Road & Transportation Builders Association (MWRTBA), attended the Dec. 6 “Engineering Day” at Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering High School.

The Washington, D.C., school encourages students to choose careers in engineering and engineering technology, focusing on increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities. Several ARTBA and MWRTBA members are community partners in the school, including AECOM and SKANSKA USA Civil Southeast.

At the annual event, MWRTBA’s Executive Director Mike Sakata and members of the ARTBA Foundation-run National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse spoke to students about engineering careers in the transportation construction industry.

MWRTBA members also recently helped launch the Francis L. Cardozo High School “FLEX-ACE Lab”, an immersive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational environment that allows teachers to instruct through real-world gaming scenarios. The lab was established through a partnership with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.