From the School Head
Spring here in Corvallis is truly an inspiring time – the energy of our seniors as they look to graduation, the pride of our engineering student groups as they head out to various competitions, the excitement in the eyes of prospective students as they tour campus.
I am especially looking forward to the Engineering Undergraduate Expo on May 17, when students across the college will showcase their capstone projects. It is always a wonderful event, one that demonstrates the impact of an Oregon State education while forecasting the impact our graduates will make as they head out into the workforce.
I am also excited for the changes coming for our current and future students.
The College of Engineering is replacing our professional program (Pro-School) model with a “continuous progression model” starting in the fall. This new model will provide students opportunities to immerse in engineering fundamentals early on, as well as to explore different engineering disciplines, while helping to ensure they graduate on time.
This change is part of larger curriculum reforms the college is implementing to ensure that Oregon State continues to provide a forward-looking education that matches the needs of industry as well as those of our students.
We have also placed a greater focus on students' first-year experience. One example of this is in our new MIME 101 class, successfully piloted this past fall, which was redesigned from the ground up to provide hands-on experiential approaches to enhance creativity and build problem-solving skills.
To this end, we created a new and unique dual major in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Students enrolled in this program will now have the flexibility to focus more on the product development side of manufacturing – something our industry partners have identified as a critical need.
These are just a few of the innovative ways we are working to provide impactful educational experiences that produce graduates who drive change throughout their lives.
I hope as you read more about the goings-on at MIME, you will be inspired too.
Harriet B. Nembhard, Ph.D.
Head, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Eric R. Smith Professor of Engineering