I’ve always been interested in how things work and how I can make things more efficient.
Current Student Spotlight:
Alina Selby '14
President of the Engineering Club, Member of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), Society of Physics students
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Liberal arts education
I looked at both big and small schools. I knew I wanted a degree in mechanical engineering, but I thought a liberal arts education would set me apart from other engineers after graduation. The other schools I looked at were less personal than Mount Union. Here the faculty care a lot about our involvement in the engineering programs and what we’re looking to do as future engineers.
More than just a number
In general, Mount Union cares more about you. At bigger universities, you’re just a number or an application. Mount Union truly wants to get to know you and wants you to personally better yourself so you can impact the world upon graduation. It’s an exceptional institution!
It’s a family thing
I’ve always been interested in how things work and how I can make things more efficient. Mechanical engineering is one of the fields of engineering that is broad enough that it offers a vast amount of job opportunities. I come from a family of engineers including my grandpa, aunts and uncles.
International Field Experience
As a junior, engineering students take a course that studies how engineering can help developing countries progress. The location can vary from year to year, but I had the opportunity to travel to Belize. My classmates and I worked with two different high schools in the Belize City area to improve their outdoor educational facilities.
Women in engineering
My favorite teacher is Dr. Helen Muga (assistant professor of engineering). She has succeeded in a male-dominated career, and is a great role model for myself and the other women in the engineering program.
The engineering department at Mount Union incorporates hands-on experience in the first semester. I have had experience working in the machine shop through various labs and with the UMU Baja Team. Also, engineering students work with business students in a product development class and finish as seniors with a design capstone.
My senior design group has been given the opportunity to work with industry for our project. We have daily experience in industry situations, which helps prepare us for our careers.
Although I’m not sure which avenue of mechanical engineering I want to pursue, I do know that I would like to work directly with people.
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