Olivet Nazarene University’s Engineering Club is hosting a social for all Olivet students on Dec. 2, in the Reed Hall of Science from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Everyone is welcome to the social,” Engineering Club President junior Stephen Johnson said.
Students will have the opportunity to play Giant Jenga, socialize, and enjoy refreshments. The Engineering Club will be working with the Tabletops Game Club to provide board games.
“We want to build a sense of community within the Engineering Department. We encourage students to attend other engineering club meetings,” Johnson said.
According to Johnson, the Engineering Club has completely restructured how it operates. It used to be more of a social club for engineering students, but now it is a support system for engineering students.
Specifically in the engineering world, women can receive unequal treatment compared to men.
“Some people are very encouraging and then some are not. I’ve never been directly told that I couldn’t be an engineer as a girl, but I have heard many stories of people not getting treated as equals in the workplace,” engineering student junior Summer Wooden said.
However, men experience engineering stereotypes, too.
“People think of a nerdy guy that doesn’t get out much and carries Legos in his backpack,” Johnson said.
There are a few clubs within the Engineering Department including the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASNE).
“Engineering [Club] hosts a lot of events and they act as the glue between the various clubs in the Engineering Department,” Wooden said.
The Society of Women Engineers goes into elementary schools, does projects with the students such as building circuits and structures with engineering requirements and gives a presentation on how buildings and bridges work. The society hosts an Introduce Girls to Engineering Day where girls come to Olivet and are introduced to the main concentrations of engineering.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is going to host an event later this academic school year where other ASME members will come to Olivet and there will be new technology displayed.
The BAJA team, an automotive club in the Engineering Department, developed a go-cart. Often times they do maintenance and repair cars.
The engineering coursework can seem very intimidating to someone who is new to the Engineering Department. Johnson encourages engineering students to get involved in the Engineering Club and to get practical experience from the clubs and competitions.
When comparing Olivet’s engineering department to other college Engineering Departments, the first thing Olivet students mention are the professors.
“Professors are willing to talk to you about ideas and the department and start clubs,” Johnson said.
The Martin D. “Skip” Walker School of Engineering was dedicated on Oct. 6, 2015.
“Our goal as the Walker School of Engineering is to be a premier engineering program nationally, while staying true to our faith and values,” Dean of the Walker School of Engineering Dr. Shane Ritter said at the dedication.
The School of Engineering has concentrations in electrical, computer, geological, mechanical, architectural, chemical and civil engineering concentrations.
Every engineer specializes in an engineering concentration, but gets a taste of other concentrations through the Engineering Department coursework.
Olivet’s Engineering Department is continuing to grow rapidly in student enrollment and faculty size.
“Significant accomplishments for the School include 20 percent growth in enrollment and a doubling of faculty size within the past year alone. Additionally, the newly established co-op program and “4+1” bachelor’s/master’s degree program join a robust arsenal of student experiences that bolster the career preparation process,” according to Olivet’s website.