Experiential Learning

Hands-On Learning

The School of Engineering provides many experiential learning experiences, research opportunities and dedicated special programs to help train, prepare and inspire you. Coursework for all disciplines includes comprehensive laboratory work with experiments in both traditional and emerging technologies, giving students the opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting.

There are several opportunities for students to utilize their skills outside of the classroom as well. Chemical engineering students have the opportunity to participate in the IEEE/WERC Environmental Design Contest held in New Mexico. Civil engineers can participate in the AISC/ASCE steel bridge building competition, as well as work with licensed professional engineers from various New York City firms on a variety of real-world capstone design projects. Every year, mechanical engineers work with the Methodist Home, a senior care facility near campus, to build devices that improve the quality of life for the center’s residents. Mechanical engineering students also have the opportunity to participate in the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja competition where they design, build and test a small off-road vehicle.

Other real-world projects students have done include creating a water purification system for use in developing countries, constructing a playground in a nearby park, and building a chemically powered automobile. Additionally, students have presented papers and research findings at conferences.