At Mount Union, you can major in a demanding professional field like engineering and still have the opportunity to branch out and get involved in other things.
Current Student Spotlight:
James Kent '14
Member of the Mount Union football team and a Preview and Orientation guide
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
More than just football
I was actually recruited to come to the University of Mount Union to play football. But to be honest with you, it was more than just football that brought me here. Mount Union had the major I was interested in, and the fact that my education would be coupled with a foundation in liberal arts seemed like a natural fit. I also wanted to be able to design and build as well as play sports.
At Mount Union, you can major in a demanding professional field like engineering and still have the opportunity to branch out and get involved in other things. You don’t have to just be involved in engineering. I like the fact that I can have my foot in four different doors and still be an engineer.
Mount Union isn’t stuck in the dark ages. Everything is new, and the administrators are always pushing to keep facilities and equipment up to date.
Last semester in Introduction to Engineering I, our class developed various logos for the class of 2014 of engineering students. The class was divided into separate groups, and each group had to take what we learned in terms of the design process to design a logo. Some students drew their logos by hand, while others used online drawing programs. Mount Union students, faculty and staff got to vote on the logo that best represented the department of engineering.
Learning style that fits my personality
Chemistry with Dr. Jeff Draves (professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry) has been my favorite class so far. The way he taught the class just fit my personality and learning style. His humor and his teaching methods just really clicked with me. Plus, I’m pretty good at chemistry so that always helps.
BP oil spill
Every single week last semester in Introduction to Engineering I, we had to give a presentation that dealt specifically with what chapter we were learning in class and discuss how it related to the BP oil spill. It was fascinating because the oil spill was happening then, and you really had to think on your feet about how the chapters played a role in the current crisis. It was an entirely hands-on experience because you couldn’t search online to find the answers. Plus, most people say engineers don’t know how to communicate effectively, but Dr. Donna Michalek (chair of the Department of Engineering, director of mechanical engineering and associate professor of mechanical engineering) makes sure you know how to talk and give presentations.