I've been told since I was a kid I was going to be an engineer. I kind of had the way that I looked at things. I always pulled things apart, and then tried to put them back together.
My favorite classes at Fort Lewis are definitely the mechanics side of it. I love to know how things work, where they work, and what kind of conditions they work in.
I chose Fort Lewis College. I've always been wanting to come out to Colorado and enjoy the environment we have out here. But Engineering here at Fort Lewis is extremely beneficial. We have a small, tight knit community. We get very personal with all the teachers and have an excellent experience and all the resources that we could want.
We have a sophomore, a junior and a senior level project classes. And what I really like about those classes is that we get to use all of the material that we learn in our lecture courses and actually implement it into a real life project.
The coolest hands on experience that I've had thus far is definitely our senior side project where we're building the Baja vehicle. And it's really just brought together every mechanics class that I've taken and encompassed into one project.
Fort Lewis does a great job in the Engineering department on making well rounded people. So they do produce great scientists and engineers, but they also make sure that we're professional, that we're personable, that we are approachable. And I think that's really important in the field, because you can be a great scientist, but no one's gonna hire you if you don't have good people skills.
The program really brings everything together and gives the students a large overview of engineering as one instead of breaking it up into different disciplines and fields.
I think first and foremost by giving them a really strong foundation, not only in the engineering and physics disciplines, but also in liberal arts. We think that's a huge unique factor for our program, and it helps them demonstrate to potential employers that they have a broad perspective not only of engineering and science perspectives, but also in the liberal arts disciplines. We were recently accredited by ABET, and they complimented us actually on the level of engagement students have in that whole process of hands on and the design process. And we think it's one area, because of our size, we can allow students that opportunity to get the hands on experience that is really immediately transferable to industry, any industry. And those are things that they can put on their resume and their CV. It gets them jobs, it gets him a leg up when they go on to interview for internships, or even in a job application.
I feel like I'm fully ready to do whatever job I'm asked to do. Whether it's designing something or understanding what might fail in something or how to optimize any system. I'm confident that I've been given and instilled with the tools I need to figure that out.