While engineers are naturally talented problem solvers, students across the nation can sometimes lose sight of what it truly means to be an engineer: to create solutions for difficult problems, and to be aware of the societal context within which these problems arise. Kendra Sharp, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, shares how Oregon State is helping to create holistic learning experiences through the Humanitarian Engineering program (HE@OSU), which encourages engineering students to cultivate a deep understanding of culture and social relationships. Engineering students are being taught, through programs such as Engineers Without Borders, what it means to serve a community. Read more.
Skip Rochefort is a myth-buster of sorts. As an associate professor of chemical engineering and executive director of Pre-College Programs, he’s dedicated at least part of his work to demonstrating the impact of engineering in daily life and challenging prevailing stereotypes of what engineers do. (Hint, they don’t just design things.) Continue reading
As a first-year engineering student at Oregon State University, Katie Merrill worked as a methods process analyst for Boeing’s 787 Program, collaborating with top engineers within one of the largest global aircraft manufacturers. The company rarely hires freshman interns, but Merrill made an impression. Continue reading
College of Engineering students can partake in a new suite of study abroad opportunities, thanks to a recent partnership between Oregon State University and Global Engineering Education Exchange (GE3). This consortium-based exchange program allows undergraduate engineering students to study abroad at universities in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Continue reading