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Why Study EngineeringMichelle Furhman

Engineers are the innovators, planners, and problem-solvers of society. They are responsible for the ways in which people around the world communicate, work, and live. Whether they work in a lab with chemicals or behind a computer creating algorithms … whether they design airplanes or biomedical implants, engineers are focused on meeting needs and making an impact. They are always seeking quicker, better, and less expensive ways to benefit mankind. They are always thinking, “What if …”

If you like math, science, and technology, then engineering may be the perfect fit you. It offers opportunities at every level and in almost any field you can conceive … from project manager or software designer to senior information consultant or CEO.

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Introduction to Engineering Systems I & II (EG10111/2)

The introductory course sequence at the University of Notre Dame offers all students considering engineering an opportunity to explore the multi-disciplinary nature of engineering through hands-on design projects. The fall-semester projects are team based and focus on a variety of learning objectives including: modeling, analysis, computer programming, design, and technical communication. The first fall-semester project requires students to design, built and test a prototype for a system to control the descent of a medical aid package. The second fall-semester project enables students to experience additive design through the use of 3D printing. The project allows students to conduct two iterations in which they design, model, print and test a 3D object, the requirements of which vary each year. The fall semester also features a discernment module, which includes one lecture from each department, student panels, alumni panels, and lab tours. As students are exposed to each engineering discipline, this module supports them in making an informed decision about their major. In the spring semester, students apply computer programming skills through an open-ended design project.  

The structure of the course sequence is based on both theory and practice; this is accomplished with 75-minute meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the McCourtney Learning Center in the Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering. This interactive course sequence is led by one faculty member and one teaching assistant in a class of approximately 45 First-Year engineering students.

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Diversity in Engineering and Research

Notre Dame Engineering boasts twice the national average of women in its engineering programs, but there is much more work to be done in the area of diversity. Dean Peter Kilpatrick discusses why diversity is central to the creative thought within the different disciplines, as well the best engineering innovations.