Staff and Housing
Participants stay on the University of Evansville campus in Evansville, Indiana. The modern, air-conditioned residence halls all have kitchen facilities which enable participants to enjoy snacks, hot or cold. Meals are served in the residence hall and/or in the campus cafeteria located in the Ridgway University Center. Other campus facilities (gym, pool, and intramural fields) may be used for some group activities.
Boys Camp Director: Mark Randall
Mr. Mark Randall, P.E. has been the director for the Boys Camp since 2009 and has taught many of the camp courses over the years including “In Home Wiring”, “Circuits”, and “Scribbler Robots”. Mr. Randall is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at UE, and has been teaching since 2010. Mr. Randall received the 2016 Dean’s teaching award in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. In addition to teaching Mr. Randall serves as the faculty advisor for both the IEEE robot and Fire Fighting robot teams. Outside of the University of Evansville, Mr. Randall is a Cub Scout Den leader, and has served on the St. Philips Catholic School board. Mr. Randall has a love for engineering and believes that it is important that young men are given opportunities such as this camp to show them how important science, technology, and math classes are to their future.
Girls Camp Director: Dr. Jessie Lofton
Dr. Jessie Lofton began her involvement with the UE Engineering OPTIONS Program in 2006 as a counselor, and has been involved nearly every year since. In 2016, Dr. Lofton assumed her role as Camp Director for the Middle School and High School Girls’ camps. She is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UE and an academic advisor for the University of Evansville Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She is also a member of Tri-State Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (twiSTEM). Dr. Lofton is excited to encourage young women to pursue interests in STEM and looks forward to planning the hands-on learning experiences for each year’s camps.
Coordinator: Kimberly Higgins
Coordinating the UE Engineering OPTIONS program is the Assistant to the Dean, Kimberly Higgins. Kimberly is dedicated to year-round planning and preparation for the continued success of the UE Engineering OPTIONS summer camps. If you have questions, contact Kimberly at 812-488-2651 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counselors: Student Counselors
Student Counselors add fun and engineering know-how to our programs. Our counselors are current and past engineering students at the University of Evansville.