Nathan Lorah '16
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: East Liverpool, Ohio
Future Thermal Systems Engineer
Member of Men's Swimming Team, Engineering Club
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I heard about Mount Union from family friends, but the real reason I chose to attend Mount Union was because of the people. I took a recruitment visit for swimming and, after lunch with a few members of the team, I knew I wanted to spend time with these people.
Other than the friends I’ve made, I love how beautiful the campus is – including how well the grounds are kept along with the new buildings including EBB, KHIC and Bracy Hall of Science. I also love the education I have received and how much the professors care about their students and have shown they don’t just see teaching as a job.
My favorite place on campus is KHIC. I have had many classes here and I love the views of the campus from the top floors. I see many swimmers at KHIC and they are often in study rooms. I also have my own spot if I have homework I need to do on my own.
The benefits of a liberal arts education in the engineering world are immense. Many of the concerns of engineering students currently are that they are not well-rounded in their education. Mount Union offers a wide variety of classes in the integrative core that leaves students versatile and ready for the world.
Mount Union is preparing me in more ways than one for success 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 exceptionally hands-on and helped me solidify the concepts introduced in class along with learning new ones.
Why I Love My Major
I chose Mechanical Engineering as a major because of the diversity of what is learned. In just under three semesters into this major I can see how I have become more intelligent in how I approach problems and have become more efficient in every day situations. I plan on using these skills in order to help the world become more efficient 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 in engineering so far has been the windmill project. I learned how to write a detailed report on the purpose/objectives of the project, had the opportunity to work in a team and to become a leader. It was fun building something and seeing it function and produce energy. Also, this summer I had the opportunity to work in my county engineer’s office. I specifically worked for the surveying department. This work was hands-on and wasn’t spent in the office very often. One of the most important things I learned over the summer was how to work together in a team, similar to the windmill project.
My favorite class so far has been Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics I. The fun part for me has been the thermodynamics as it has covered concepts that include the ideal gas law, internal energy, enthalpy, evaluating properties and the first law of thermodynamics applied to control mass and control volume systems. This class has also used much of what I have learned in physics, chemistry and calculus which shows the importance of general education classes.
My dream job would include working on thermal systems and making them more efficient and maybe one day creating a new kind of way to produce energy that does not considerably harm the environment. I feel a great amount of pride when designing something and 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 my education. He has also been very helpful with making academic decisions as well as decisions relating to swimming, given he was also a collegiate swimmer. He has given me connections to internships, potential jobs and has shown that his own job is something he is very passionate about and he truly cares about his students.
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.