- Nathan Lorah ’16
- Hometown: East Liverpool, Ohio
- Major: Mechanical Engineering
I learned how to take initiative as a leader as I worked with a group of my peers to write a detailed report on constructing a windmill. Constructing the windmill and watching it work to produce energy was a rewarding experience.
Mechanical Engineering Hands-On Learning
Hands-on, experiential learning opportunities allow engineering students to apply engineering principles learned in the classroom. These experiences are crucial in building the teamwork and communication skills needed to be a successful engineer. Hands-on, experiential learning opportunities available to Mount Union engineering students include:
Faculty-Led International Field Experience
During your junior year, you will be required to travel abroad as part of the International Engineering Field Experience course.
- In May 2013, students traveled to Belize for 10 days to build a storm water control system and man-made sea wall.
Engineering students at Mount Union participate in competitions against engineering students from other universities such as the SAE Baja competition.
In 2013, more than 86% of Mount Union’s mechanical engineering students interned in engineering firms and agencies.
Undergraduate Research with Faculty
Engineering students are encouraged to work with faculty members to develop independent research projects or work closely with faculty on their existing research programs. For example,
- Dr. Helen Muga is taking more than 10 freshmen to Belize in the summer of 2014 to research low-cost sustainable development and renewable energy.
- Dr. Osama Jadaan invites outstanding undergraduate engineering students to assist him with his dental prostheses research project.
Multiple Laboratory Components
The majority of Mount Union’s engineering courses have lab experiences incorporated into the curriculum, allowing students to get a real-world, hands-on engineering education.
Engineering students have ample opportunities to get involved on the local, national and international level through service-learning projects. For example,
- Engineering students have worked on local projects in their own communities by restoring a downtown fountain in an Ohio town.
- Engineering students travel abroad to work on field projects that address global engineering challenges.
Mount Union engineering students are encouraged to get involved in student-led organizations, which will allow them to explore their engineering interest in a more social environment.
- Engineering Club is a student-led organization on Mount Union’s campus.
- ASME, which is in the process of being established at Mount Union.
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