/ Engineering Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

College involves more than taking classes. These academic and co-curricular activities cover a wide range of interests and engineering students are active in the activities listed here as well as many others across campus.


Each year, 15–25 students spend their summers on campus, working to advance a variety of engineering research projects sponsored by our faculty. Many of these students continue to perform research during the academic year and travel to present their work at national and international conferences. Hope students have also been extremely successful in obtaining NSF Graduate Fellowships, exceeding rates from all engineering programs in Michigan and the Big Ten.

Click here for a summary of ongoing student-faculty collaborative research projects 

 Co-Curricular Activities

Engineers without Borders (EWB)
Engineers Without Borders working in AfricaHope College’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was established in 2005 as an opportunity for students to pair philanthropic desires with their engineering skills. From 2005 to 2012 the chapter partnered with a community in Nkuv, Cameroon, to address issues with overall water quality and accessibility. After successfully achieving this in Nkuv, the chapter established a partnership with a community of approximately 500 in Bondo, Kenya, in 2013. This community also lacks clean and sustainable water, and the student chapter is working to design and implement a solution for this engineering challenge.
Formula SAE
Hope College FSAE carEstablished in 2008, the Formula SAE team at Hope College designs and builds a formula-style race car based on a set of rules established by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International. Throughout the development of the car, the students are involved in all aspects of analysis and design and utilize a variety of skills from 3D modeling to welding and fabrication. The team first competed in the annual international competition in 2010, when it won the William C. Mitchell Award for Best Rookie Team. Visit the Formula SAE team on Facebook.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
A group of women engineersHope College’s student chapter of Society of Women Engineers was officially chartered in 2014 to support and encourage female engineering students. Chapter activities include social events, community outreach and professional development. Specifically, the group has organized engineering activities for girls age 5 through 12, traveled to Nashville for the SWE Annual Conference, gone ice skating and toured local manufacturing plants.
United Society of Diverse Engineers (USDE)
United Society of Diverse Engineers groupStudents of USDE also hold memberships in the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) or the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The focus of this Hope College group is to provide fellowship and professional development opportunities for underrepresented students in engineering.
Robotics Club

Robotics club students pose for a photo at the student activities fairThe Hope College Robotics Club is a self-defined club that organizes its projects around the interests of current members. Recent projects include making a small car out of training wheels and a motor scavenged from a printer and a catapult made from the frame of a fax machine. Every year, there is a day-long project of building a Rube Goldberg Machine. All projects involve mechanical, electrical and computer engineering skills and are a great opportunity to put your classroom knowledge to work. 

Double Majors/Minors

Many Hope students take advantage of the liberal arts environment and pursue second majors or minors in non-technical fields such as dance, English, studio art, economics, music, theater or a second language. There are many opportunities to study abroad for a course during the month of May, as well as full-semester experiences taking courses in another place. Other common options for dual majors or minors are physics, chemistry, computer science and math.


A majority of engineering students work at an engineering job over the summer. This internship experience provides valuable learning that integrates skill from coursework with a real world application. The Hope College Boerigter Center for Calling and Career works with students to prepare for interviews and offers a listing of locally available internships each year.


Year One
  • Begin drafting a résumé and visit the Boerigter Center for advice
  • Complete a Handshake account
  • Consider apply for a DiscoverWork job shadowing opportunity (mid-fall application deadline)
  • Get involved with related clubs and organizations at Hope:
    • Engineers Without Borders 
    • Society of Women Engineers
    • Formula SAE
    • United Society of Diverse Engineers
Year Two
  • Meet with your academic advisor and the Boerigter Center early in the fall semester to discuss your interests and possible career paths
  • Further develop your resume (typically this will be part of an assignment in ENGS 220 Statics)
  • Learn how to prepare a cover letter
  • Begin to network by attending Friday seminars and talking with the speakers afterward
  • Network and explore by applying for the DiscoverWork job shadowing program (mid-fall application deadline)
  • Begin researching and applying for internship opportunities
  • Attend a career fair at Hope, Calvin, or GVSU (the Boerigter Center can help you prepare)
Year Three
  • Create a LinkedIn account for networking, internships, and job searches
  • Research and apply for internships beginning at the end of August
  • Attend one or more career fairs at Hope, Calvin, or GVSU
  • Utilize the Boerigter Center and Handshake to prepare for interviews, as well as finalize your resume and applications
  • Review the recruiting in Handshake for on-campus career and interviewing opportunites
  • Attend the career fairs at Hope, Calvin, or GVSU
Year Four
  • Work with the Boerigter Center and your academic advisor to develop an effective plan for your job search strategy or graduate school application
  • Attend the career fairs at Hope, Calvin, or GVSU
  • Complete an in-person or electronic mock interview through the Boerigter Center (typically this will be an assignment in ENGS 451 Introduction to Engineering Design)
  • Focus on alumni networking by using the Career Resource Network and learning about Hope's Alumni Association


A significant number of Hope students participated in a high school sport prior to coming to college. There are always a fair number of engineers participating in Hope’s varsity sports such as basketball, volleyball, football, golf, track, swimming and cross country. For students not up to that level of commitment, intramural sports offer a fun way to continue playing a favorite sport or learn a new one. Options range from soccer and flag football to inner tube water polo.