Conversation on Community
Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
Get the best of both worlds: an education
in the liberal arts and engineering.
In today's world, engineers must be multifaceted.
- They need to be well grounded in basic science and mathematics.
- They need to have a broad range of knowledge (and the skills to acquire new information).
- They need to think critically and communicate effectively.
And, in an always changing field, engineers must demonstrate exemplary professionalism, have the ability to collaborate with others (including non-engineers), understand the implications of their work, and be aware of science and technology's impacts on the larger world.
Mindful of these goals, Albion College's dual-degree program in engineering fully prepares students for success in this dynamic and challenging profession.
Two degrees, countless possibilities
Engineering students typically spend three years at Albion and develop a strong background in science and mathematics, gaining this knowledge in a liberal arts-focused environment. They then transfer to an engineering school, typically at a larger university, and usually complete an additional two years of study. (Albion has special arrangements with Columbia University and the University of Michigan.) In the end, students graduate with two degrees: a B.A. from Albion (in physics, chemistry, or mathematics, for example), and a B.S. degree in engineering from the transfer school.
From their first year at Albion, students will discover many pathways to a productive and successful engineering career. Erica Earl, '14, plans to pursue chemical engineering after conducting research at NASA with physics professor Nicolle Zellner and chemistry professor Vanessa McCaffrey. "Doing research helped me want to solve problems, which is what engineering is about," Earl says. Chuck Coutteau, '16, is drawn to civil engineering and is also pursuing policy as a member of Albion's Ford Institute. "My dream job is to be a liaison between legislators and engineers," he says.
Stuart Nolton, '14, is focusing on computer engineering while also majoring in piano ("I like the ability to pursue that path at the same time."), and Sherry Yang, '16, is considering financial engineering as part of her economics work.