Engineering at Trevecca: the possibilities are endless

Engineering at Trevecca: the possibilities are endless


– Well I pretty much knew that engineering was for me when I was a little kid. I used to spend a lot of time with my dad assembling old computers, old printers. We used to organize pieces to see if they still worked after years, what we could do with them, and that’s where I knew
that the whole technology and electrical engineering
thing really called my name. With an engineering degree,
the possibilities are endless. You can go and build something
that goes into space, you can go and build
computers, build processors, design the very chips that run in your phone, in your cameras, so you can know the ins and outs out of every single little detail in
life and know how it works. And that’s just magical. The professors in the
engineering department are just brilliant and not
just because of their lectures but they’re also brilliant human beings and really dedicated
people that care about your individual performance and how you are doing
in terms of your career. – We’re actually very heavily invested in our students here at Trevecca. Not only are we unapologetically Christian but we’re also very
serious about academics. We want our students to have a very strong theoretical foundation so that they understand how things work. But we also want practical experience. We want students to be able to do things with what they know. And the other thing I think that’s really significant
is that we provide a lot of hands-on
experiences for our students. We have the ability to
get our students involved in some pretty advanced design projects. One of them is something
called a SQUID microscope. There are or maybe 20 or
so of them around the world installed mostly at large
semi-conductor facilities. And we actually have one
of these here at Trevecca. And so our students have a very
unique opportunity in that. We also have two electron
microscopes here at Trevecca. In very few places would
undergraduate student even be able to use an
electron microscope. But our students actually can even develop new capabilities and interface
to our electron microscope with some of their projects. – And I’ve also been able to participate in a lot of upperclassmen
projects and activities that I would’ve never
really been able to do in any other college. – We have a student
that’s working at NASA, at this point for a NASA contractor. We have a student that’s
working as an engineer in an R&D lab at a university. A lot of times, our students will actually get paid to go to graduate school. So several times throughout the semester, another opportunity that our
students get to participate in is we have high-altitude balloon program, where we launch a balloon
toward the edge of space. And it goes up to something
like 120,000 feet high so it’s above most of
the Earth’s atmosphere. We’ve developed all of
the hardware and software for the tracking system that
we use to track the balloon and the data acquisition
where we collect data during the balloon flight. – Having hands-on experience
has definitely been the thing that I’ve enjoyed
the most here at Trevecca. And I fully believe
that it is the one thing that has given me a bunch of the tools that I will use one day in
a professional environment. – So I think there’s a lot of
things that are really great about our program here at Trevecca. We are looking forward to our next group of students that are coming in. – Trevecca has a strong
engineering program and I’m proud to be a part of it. (upbeat music)

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