Program Synopsis: High Tech Academy (HTA) is a 2 year pre-engineering/college-prep program where students are registered for advanced, dual-credit math and science courses receiving up to 28 college credits from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) (as listed below). Students also take a two-year sequence of high school engineering courses. All classes are reflected as honors level on the high school transcript. There is no charge to the individual for the dual-credit hours; tuition is paid by Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS).
HTA (First & Second Year Courses): VCU Pre-calculus (4 credit hours), VCU Calculus (8 credit hours), VCU Chemistry (8 credit hours) and VCU Physics (8 credit hours), Introduction to Engineering Advanced Engineering.
Dr. Ulises Reveles was born in Mexico City and graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry by the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute.
His teaching experience includes a range of courses in Chemistry, Math, Physics, Science and Technology, and General Education in High School and College. He enjoys running and biking, listening to classic music (Bach is his favorite), and learning about science simulations, videos, and experiments, that he uses in his classes to engage students and to develop their critical thinking.
Dr. Steven L. Herr graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. degree, double major in Mathematics and Physics. Continued studying Physics at the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics. This was followed by a three year Post-doctoral position at the University of Florida studying high Temperature superconductors and seven years teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor of Physics before teaching physics at Henrico County Public Schools.
Desired Aptitudes: Students should have a strong interest and background in math and science. Completion of Algebra II (preferably honors) is a required prior to admission.
Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):
|Aerospace Engineers||Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles.||$97,480|
|Agricultural Engineers||Agricultural engineers—also known as biological and agricultural engineers—work on a variety of activities. These activities range from aquaculture (raising food, such as fish, that thrive in water) to land farming to forestry.||$71,090|
|Architects||Architects plan and design buildings and other structures.||$72,550|
|Biomedical Engineers||Biomedical engineers analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine.||$81,540|
|Cartographers and Photogrammetrists||Cartographers and photogrammetrists measure, analyze, and interpret geographic information to create maps and charts for political, cultural, educational, and other purposes.||$54,510|
|Chemical Engineers||Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, and physics to solve problems. These problems involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products.||$90,300|
|Civil Engineers||Civil engineers design and supervise large construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.||$77,560|
|Computer Hardware Engineers||Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer equipment such as chips, circuit boards, or routers to create rapid advancement in computer technology.||$98,810|
|Drafters||Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers.||$47,880|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineers||Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment.||$87,180|
|Environmental Engineers||Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems such as control of water and air pollution.||$78,740|
|Industrial Engineers||Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes.||$76,100|
|Landscape Architects||Landscape architects plan and design land areas for parks, recreational facilities, highways, airports, and other properties.||$62,090|
|Materials Engineers||Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and snow skis.||$83,120|
|Mechanical Engineers||Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines.||$78,160|
|Nuclear Engineers||Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to get benefits from nuclear energy and radiation.||$99,920|
|Petroleum Engineers||Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface.||$114,080|