More than 115 employers from 16 different states will be on the West Virginia University campus for the seventh annual Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair Oct. 17-19.

Co-sponsored by the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and Career Services Center, fair organizers expect to draw more than 2,000 of the schools undergraduate and graduate students in search of internships, cooperative education positions and permanent employment opportunities. The Career Fair is taking place during WVU Inauguration Week activities as part of the theme,Launching Research and Discovery.

Participating employers will have table width=100%s set up in the ground-floor hallway of the Engineering Sciences Building and the atrium of the adjacent Mineral Resources Building from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18.

On Friday, Oct. 19, many companies will conduct individual on-campus interviews made by appointment during the fair.

Participating employers include a wide range of regional and national engineering firms, energy companies, manufacturers and government agencies that employ engineers and computer scientists.

Employers include Hershey Foods, Chesapeake Energy, EATON , CONSOL, Halliburton, Milliken, Babcock and Wilcox, NAVAIR , Siemens, Turner Construction, and Sunoco, to mention just a few.

Many of the companies are from the mid-Atlantic region, but others are from as far away as Connecticut, Nebraska, South Carolina and Florida.

We are very excited about this years fair,said David Durham, director of the Career Services Center.Employers value this event because they know that they will meet top-notch engineering and computer science students to fill their positions. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to students and employers.

In addition to internships for current students and permanent employment opportunities for those approaching graduation, many companies offer cooperative education positions (co-ops), which involve periods of full-time work alternating with periods of full-time study in the students field of interest.

Co-ops offer students the opportunity to gain professional experience while earning their degree and can also help them pay for college.

For more information about the Career Fair, call 304-293-8220 or e-mail .