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.
Current Student Spotlight:
Nathan Lorah '16
Hometown:East Liverpool, Ohio
Future Structural Engineer
Member of Men's Swimming Team, Engineering Club
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I heard about Mount Union through family friends but the real reason I chose to attend Mount Union was because of the people. I took a short recruitment visit for swimming and after lunch with a few members of the team I knew I wanted to spend my college career at Mount Union.
Other than the friends I’ve made, I love how beautiful the campus is – this includes how well the grounds are kept along with the new buildings, the press box and the MAAC. I also love the education I have received; the professors care about their students and don’t just see teaching as a job.
My favorite place on campus is KHIC. I have had many classes there and I love the views of campus from the top floors. I see many swimmers studying there, and they are often working together in a study room. I also have my own spot to do homework on my own.
The benefits of a liberal arts education in the engineering world are immense. Many concerns of engineering students currently are that they are not well-rounded, and Mount Union offers a wide variety of classes in the integrative core that leave students versatile and ready for the world.
Mount Union is preparing me for success in many ways after graduation. The written and oral communication requirements have prepared me for overall communication in the workplace. The engineering courses and science labs I have taken have been very hands-on and helped me solidify the concepts introduced in class along with learning new ones.
Why I Love My Major
I chose civil engineering as a major for various reasons. In less than three semesters into this major I can see how I have become more creative in how I approach problems and more efficient in everyday situations. I plan on using these skills in order to help the world become more efficient as a whole in order to meet the demands of a growing population, and with that, a need for more energy and resources.
My favorite hands-on experience so far in civil engineering has been the windmill project. 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. Also, this summer I had the opportunity to work in my county engineer’s office, specifically for the surveying department. This work was hands-on and most often done outside the office, where we surveyed various locations and placed/replaced geodetic markers. The members of the team included three other interns and two supervisors. One of the most important things this has taught me was how to work in a team environment in the engineering field.
My favorite class so far has been Statics and Dynamics. This class has introduced important concepts in engineering such as problem solving and analysis of particles/rigid bodies. This class has also applied much of what I have learned in physics and calculus, which shows the importance of required general education courses.
My dream job is to become a structural engineer. I have always been fascinated with buildings and creating new structures. I think architecture is beautiful, and I would love to work at an architectural firm designing buildings. I feel a great amount of pride when building something, so I look forward to applying the concepts learned at Mount Union to the real world.
My favorite professor so far has been Dr. Hans Tritico. I have taken two of his classes, and both have been very beneficial to what is required in the engineering field. He has also been a mentor to me when making academic decisions as well as providing guidance in swimming at Mount Union; he was also a collegiate swimmer. He has given me connections to internships and potential jobs, showing his passion in the field and care for his students.