Department of Engineering News and Events

Mount Union Baja Team Places 14th in SAE Midnight Mayhem

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – On September 23, Mount Union’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja team competed in the ninth Midnight Mayhem racing event hosted by the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Midnight Mayhem is an off-season Baja SAE event that focuses solely on the driving aspect of Baja competition. The competition is unique because it is the only Baja SAE event held at night on a lit track. It involves a few small dynamic events that test certain aspects of each vehicle’s performance, as well as a four-hour endurance race.

This year, Mount Union’s team included engineering majors Ethan Brenner, Benjamin Kelley, James Shaffer II, Ryan Spiker, Noah Kee, Bryce Hood, AJ Costanzo, Eric Howell, Roman Selby, Chandler Lameier, Joe Rees, and team president Cameron Senhauser. To prepare for the race, the team designed and built their own mini-Baja cars. 

“The race was a great experience for our team. It was great to see all the members come together and work to fix the car when it was broken and cheer on the driver of the car when it was working. It was also great to see all of the hard work that the team put into the car pay off,” Senhauser said of the experience.

Mount Union’s team placed 14th out of over 100 teams. They attribute much of their success to working with one of their lead sponsors, Dale Pittman, to improve their steering design, which had been an issue in two previous races.

“Another huge contributing factor was how well the team worked together,” Senhauser added. “Everybody on the team, whenever a problem arose, collaborated with each other and worked as a team to fix the problem as quickly as possible.”

Midnight Mayhem proved to be a successful event for Mount Union’s SAE Baja team, demonstrating the engineering students’ talent and hard work.


Raider Racing Baja SAE 2016-2017


Summer Engineering Program Offers College Credit to High School StudentsEESP

The University of Mount Union is excited to offer a unique camp for high school students interested in the field of engineering beginning in summer of 2018.

The Experience Engineering Summer Program (EESP) offers attendees the chance to get hands-on experience in biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering. The faculty will also teach students effective communication and presentation skills as well as general entrepreneurship principles in engineering.

Students that complete the camp’s curriculum also earn two college credits, replacing those earned through Mount Union’s EGE110: Intro to the Engineering Profession course. 

EESP accepts high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates preparing to enroll as college freshmen. Students in those groups that have successfully completed Algebra I are eligible to attend the camp. 

The first EESP will be held June 17 – 23 on Mount Union’s campus, offering state-of-the-art facilities and mentorship from faculty and students with industry and classroom-related experience.

“This summer program is an exciting opportunity for students wanting to learn about the many disciplines of engineering in a fun and hands-on way from engineering faculty at Mount Union,” said Dr. Osama Jaddan, Chair of the Department of Engineering at Mount Union. “The unique thing about this summer program is that it also integrates business and effective communication within the six engineering modules the students will work on. The students will also have the opportunity to meet with coaches and faculty members in extracurricular area of interest.” 

Students attending EESP have the option to stay on campus throughout the program or commute each day to campus. The cost for residential students is $795, which includes program fee, housing and meals, and commuter student pricing is $570. Both options include all instructional materials, social and team-building activities and an EESP T-shirt. Those wishing to earn college credit will have an optional tuition charge of $100. 

Registration has begun and forms can be found at Students will be admitted on a first-come, first served basis and EESP is limited to 25 students. 

To register or learn more about the program, visit


Engineering Students working on houses | Mount UnionEngineering Students, Alumni and Faculty Help Build Habitat Homes

Eleven Mount Union engineering students and alumni recently volunteered with the Alliance chapter of Habitat for Humanity to help them build two houses. The group hung ceiling drywall on one house, primed and painted the interior walls of a second house. The group got its hands dirty, learned about new tools necessary for use today and had a ton of fun while giving back to the local community. Afterwards, folks were invited to the house of Dr. Hans Tritico for a picnic.


Prosthetic Leg at ExpoStudents Present Engineering Design Projects at First Annual Expo

The first annual University of Mount Union Engineering Design Expo was held on April 27 and featured 11 projects from students in both the civil and mechanical engineering majors. The projects were on display for friends, family and members of the community to view the achievements of Mount Union students.

As part of their classes, Mount Union engineering students are given the opportunity to design and test different products and present their research. Throughout all four years at Mount Union, students work on ongoing projects to get hands-on experience. Design projects that were presented at the Expo include a robotic football team, prosthetic leg, filterless vacuum, hops harvester, bajavehicle and GeoWall, among others.

Students also partner with business majors in their junior year to come up with prototypes for products. Every project has a faculty sponsor that oversees the process and makes sure students incorporate aspects of the four pillars of the engineering education into their projects.


Excellent Paper PDFDr. Yan LiuCivil Engineering Professor Liu Wins Award

Dr. Yan Liu, assistant professor of civil engineering, recently earned the Excellent Paper Award at the 2017 International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure and Materials in Qingdao, China. The title of his paper and presentation was, "Characterization of Early Stage Concrete by Non-Destructive Testing."






Mount Union Engineering Students working in BelizeMount Union Engineering Students in BelizeEngineering Students Take Annual Trip to Belize

Global Engineering experience is a required and distinguishing pillar of Mount Union’s engineering programs. This year, all junior engineering students traveled with engineering faculty members to Belize to implement several engineering field projects, yet still had the time to have some fun visiting Mayan ruins.


Mount Union Engineering StudentsUniversity of Mount Union Announces Three New Engineering Programs

The University of Mount Union is proud to announce the addition of new majors in biomedical, computer and electrical engineering beginning in the fall of 2018.

These three majors will be housed in the Department of Engineering and join already successful majors in civil and mechanical engineering, which are accredited through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 

“These new programs will create a very robust engineering program that we believe is responsive to the needs of our regional and national economy,” said Mount Union President Dick Merriman. “The University of Mount Union is committed to preparing engineers who are technically proficient problem solvers, understand the business and production context of engineering work and excel in team settings that require effective communication and collaboration.” 

The new biomedical engineering major will integrate engineering with medicine, combining principles of the medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices and software used in healthcare. Mount Union biomedical engineering students will have the opportunity to work closely with its Doctor of Physical Therapy program. 

Computer engineering is a growing field that designs, builds and tests computing systems to constantly innovate technology used every day. Mount Union computer and electrical engineering majors will have the skills to pursue career opportunities in power, energy, technology or communications engineering upon graduation.

Mount Union engineering students are afforded unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom. From international experiences and product design and development, to adaptable prosthetic leg sockets and competition BAJA cars, the Department of Engineering focuses on utilizing students’ skills for real-world applications.

“These new majors will educate the next generation of skilled engineers needed for the high-tech industry that keeps our economy humming,” said Dr. Osama Jadaan, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering. “The majors were selected because there is strong demand for their graduates, they also are highly-paid professions that complement the thriving health sciences majors at the University. We are graduating engineers who are technically prepared, globally aware, business savvy and appreciative of the arts and literature.” 

Graduates of Mount Union’s engineering programs have a career and graduate school placement rate of more than 95 percent and 90 percent of students earn at least one paid internship before graduating from the program.  


Mount Union Engineering, Business Students Take Flight

Hands-on learning experiences at the University of Mount Union can happen on campus, in the community, or in this case, a few hundred feet in the air.

Five students, Benjamin Kelley ‘18, Ryan Studer ’18, James Shaffer II ’18, Nick Latchford ’18 and Quinn Whitehead ’17, built an electric-powered paraglider from scratch as a project in Dr. Chad Korach’s Product Design and Development course. Mount Union’s Product Design and Development course integrates business skills and creative design together through an established relationship between the Departments of Engineering and Economics, Accounting and Business Administration (EABA). 

The “pEgaSUS Electric Powered Paraglider” had a defined mission of “providing powered paragliding (PPG) pilots with a sustainable, portable and easy to use paraglider comparative to IC Engine counterparts.” Its differentiators included being electric, lightweight and portable.

The group went farther than simply conceptualizing the idea, as the paraglider had a successful first flight before the end of the spring 2017 semester.

“I want to be a design engineer after I earn my bachelor’s degree, so naturally, I was eager to take on this complicated design project and put what I have learned in and out if the classroom to the ultimate test,” Kelley said. “When the paraglider took flight, and stayed in the air for that matter, it was one of the most fulfilling moments of my entire engineering career thus far.”

“The coolest aspect of this project to me is seeing multiple undergrad disciplines working together with professors and outside resources to achieve the same innovative goal,” Shaffer said.

“The ability for Mount Union engineers to be able to work closely with business students and apply business skills in an engineering project are one of the pillars of the Mount Union engineering experience,” Korach said. “These are life skills that the graduates will be able to take away into their careers, and all of this would not be possible without a continued collaboration with Professor Michael Kachilla in the Department of EABA.”

Taubs Give Back to Future Engineers

Russ Taub, a member of Mount Union's Engineering Advisory Board, and his wife, Anne, recently gave a gift to begin the Taub Engineering Endowed Fund. The gift will benefit students and members of the Department of Engineering. Read more about their Taubs story

Area High School Students are "Engineers for a Day"

Students from Canton McKinley High School, Cuyahoga Falls High School, Alliance High School, Marlington High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School participated in the local "Engineer for a Day" event as part of National Engineering Week February 19-25.

Students were able to receive information about Mount Union and its admission process as well as sit in on four different lab demonstrations from Mount Union engineering faculty.

Class of 2016 Graduates

Congratulations to our mechanical and civil engineering classes of 2016. These are our third graduating engineering classes and we are proud to send them off as engineering alumni from the University of Mount Union.

Engineering Class of 2016

Shapiro Speaks to Proposed Society of Women Engineers

Nancy Shapiro, P.E. Senior Project Manager at ProEn, LLC. / WINKLE spoke to the Society of Women Engineers (Proposed Collegiate Section) at the University of Mount Union. She shared her career path and challenges while encouraging women to adopt engineering as a profession. “It is no different from any other profession. My 40 year engineering career, mostly with the steel industry, has been a very interesting, varied and rewarding profession.” She also emphasized the importance of creating a support network.

The event was organized by the Department of Engineering as part of a speaker series aimed at helping women engineering students advance professionally and personally.

Shapiro Speaks to SWE

Mount Union earns credentials for engineering education
The University of Mount Union is stepping into a new academic sphere in the school’s 169 years of existence, recently earning credentials for its engineering curricula. Read the full story written by The Canton Repository.

Mount Union Engineering Programs Earn ABET Accreditation
The University of Mount Union’s civil and mechanical engineering programs have received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Read more.

New Mechanical Engineering Faculty Members
The mechanical engineering program welcomes our two new faculty members starting this Fall 2015. Dr. Shehla Arif earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and will be teaching thermofluids and heat transfer at Mount Union. Dr. Josh Gargac earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from University of Notre Dame and will be teaching the year-long mechanical engineering Capstone Senior Design course sequence. The young and vibrant mechanical engineering program at Mount Union continues to grow and flourish, in turn attracting such outstanding faculty talent like Dr. Gargac and Dr. Arif.
New Mechanical Engineering Faculty

UMU Engineering Class of 2015
Congratulations to our mechanical and civil engineering classes of 2015. These are our second graduating engineering classes and we are proud to send them off as engineering alumni from the University of Mount Union. From left to right in the first three rows are: Taylor Bishop (ME), Matthew Jones (ME), Mark Amabeli (ME), Bradley Linerode (CE), Dustin Matak (ME), Alexandra Scala (ME), Jonathan Hartong (ME), Jarrod Dawson (ME), Eric Spencer (ME), Joshua Pryor (CE), Daniel Luzar (ME), Colin Combs (ME) and Xuelin Wang (CE). Graduates seeking jobs or graduate school found employment or graduate studies in their fields. Some of the companies hiring our students include Westinghouse, CESO Inc., Timken Steel, MACtrailer, Nexteer Automotive, HUNT, Morgan Engineering and CPG International. Best wishes to our alumni for a successful career and cheerful living!
Class of 2015 Engineering Class

Engineering Program Evaluator by ABET
Dr. Osama Jadaan, chair of the department of engineering at the University of Mount Union, was selected to be an Engineering Program Evaluator by ABET. ABET is recognized as the worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology education. ABET accredits university engineering programs to assure that a program meets the quality standards that produce students prepared to enter a global workforce.
In their letter to Dr. Jadaan, ABET stated that “You are among a very elite group of individuals selected to represent your professional society at this training.”

UMU Civil Engineering Works with GlenOak High School Students on Bridge Design Competition
Seven GlenOak High School students participated in the Bridge Design Challenge held at Case Western Reserve University during the spring semester. Dr. Osama Jadaan, professor and chair of the department of engineering at the University of Mount Union, provided structural advice and access to lab facilities to test the strength of several glues used to construct their balsa wood bridges. Mr. James Walbeck, GlenOak pre-engineering teacher, mentored the senior students with their designs and facilitated their entry into the competition. The high school seniors did very well in the Bridge Design Challenge taking seven of the top 18 spots, placing 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th in the structural performance category. One of the students placed 1st overall in the aesthetics category.
Senior Engineering

Students build sustainable energy infrastructure at Belize
For the last three years, engineering students in the EGE 320 International Engineering Field Experience course have been working on an ecological park project with Edward P. Yorke High School in Belize. The project involves design of a retention pond to control storm water and utilizing the pond water for growing fish in an aquaponics system that is powered by solar and wind energy. Half of Mount Union’s mechanical and civil engineering juniors spent their 2015 spring break working on this hands-on project at Belize. They returned last week exhausted, but exhilarated with the experience. While in Belize, they had the opportunity to go cave tubing and visit some islands. The second half of the civil and mechanical engineering junior class will be heading to Belize to finish up this project immediately after the spring semester is over. Read more.
Civil Engineering Students in Belize

The Civil Engineering GeoWall team was selected as one of the top 20 teams for the final competition to be held during the IFCEE 2015 Conference (sponsored by Geo-institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers) at San Antonio, Texas in March, 2015. Dr. Yan Liu and the following CE students represented the University of Mount Union’s civil engineering program at the GeoWall competition: Joshua Pryor, Bradley Linerode, Xuelin Wang and Taylor Cline. Read more.
Civil Engineering Students GeoWall

Engineering Mixer
The mechanical and civil engineering programs at the University of Mount Union hosted their first “Meet the Engineers Night” in February 2015. Representatives from industry and government agencies were invited to mix with our students, freshmen through seniors. Mount Union engineering students practiced holding conversations with professionals and explored internship and employment opportunities. The mechanical and civil seniors then presented their capstone design projects. Industrial partners saw first-hand the challenging real-life design projects our seniors experience during their last year of college, while freshmen-juniors got a glimpse of what is involved in senior design coming up for them. View pictures.
Civil Engineering Students Mixer

Engineer for a Day
To celebrate the National Engineers Week held every February, the civil and mechanical engineering programs hosted students from various high schools in our region. The “Engineer for a Day” program paired the students with mechanical and civil faculty and students for the entire day. The high school students were treated to hands-on projects in the fields of thermofluids, robotics, geotechnical, structural, materials and mechanical systems. The goal was to give the high school students the opportunity to experience various disciplines within both mechanical and civil engineering. Mount Union engineering students took guests to lunch and talked to them about the life of an engineering student in college. View pictures.
Civil Engineering Students Engineer for a Day

VX Robotics team initiated at UMU
Hailey Hoyat, a freshman mechanical engineering student at the University of Mount Union, initiated the Raider Robotics team during Fall 2014 semester with the goal to compete in the national VX Robotics competition next semester. The team worked very hard and raised $1,000 from industry (SES Engineering) to finance their entry into the competition. In February 2015, they met their goal and traveled to Purdue University to compete against other engineering schools. Hailey said that “competing in the VEX Competition at Purdue University was a wonderful experience for us, as we gained insight for how to continue to develop for next year and also had the chance to talk with other veteran teams. We would like to thank our sponsors for their tremendous support and look forward to continuing the team for next year.” Read more.
Civil Engineering Students Robotics

ABET Symposium
In January 2015, the accreditation self-study reports prepared by both the civil and mechanical engineering programs at the University of Mount Union were selected by ABET for display as well-prepared reports at the 2015 ABET Symposium. Few universities are selected for such honor and we are pleased with this exceptional recognition.

STEM day for Middle Schoolers
The mechanical and civil engineering programs hosted students from Alliance Middle School during fall 2014 semester. The middle schoolers experimented with robotics, thermofluids, material testing and a buggy car. The activity was organized by Dr. Anne Triplett from the Math department as a STEM-day at the University of Mount Union. View pictures and Read more about STEM.
Civil Engineering STEM Day

ABET Engineering Accreditation Reviews
Both the civil and mechanical engineering programs at the University of Mount Union hosted their ABET engineering accreditation reviews in October 2014. Official accreditation results are expected from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET in August 2015.

Baja competition
SAE Baja is an annual intercollegiate national level competition conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers. It involves design, analysis and building a Baja (vehicle which is essentially an ATV) while strictly adhering to a list of rules and constraints imposed by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Teams compete driving their Baja vehicles through various challenges that test the vehicle’s endurance, suspension and acceleration. At Mount Union, the Baja challenge is accomplished through a year-long mechanical engineering capstone design course.
Baja Competition

Class of 2014
We are proud to have graduated our inaugural civil engineering Class of 2014. Congratulations to John Laux, Mitch Philips, Amanda Turner, Jeremy Walker and Matthew Zalaiskalns. All reporting graduates are employed in their field. Some of the companies they currently work for include Michael Baker, Babcock and Wilcox, BL Companies and Ekrane. Read more.
Engineering Class of 2104
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