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Open House on April 27 Will Feature Senior Engineering-Design Projects

Projects ranging from a smart-path rock-climbing wall, to a dashboard for a Formula SAE car, to a method to record and analyze brain activity will be featured during an open house hosted by the Department of Engineering at Hope College on Thursday, April 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Engineering Design Lab of the Haworth Engineering Center.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event will feature 15 projects developed across the school year by 35 seniors in the department’s upper-level engineering-design class.  Several student groups, including Engineers Without Borders, Hope College Motorsports and the Society of Women Engineers, will also be participating in the event.

The year-long engineering-design course sequence introduces students to the art and science of engineering design by having them work in teams to solve an engineering-design problem.  The students manage the process from developing understanding of the desired outcome to creating a prototype.  Through the years, many projects have not only met the course requirement but have been pursued on behalf of community members, local organizations, and other research teams and groups at Hope.

The engineering program at Hope offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in engineering that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The degree includes courses in general education, mathematics, science and engineering, as well as electives within the program that allow specialization in a variety of emphasis options:  biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering - bioelectrical engineering, biomedical engineering - biomechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering.  There are currently approximately 150 declared engineering majors.

The Engineering Design Lab is room 124 of VanderWerf Hall.  The Haworth Engineering Center and VanderWerf Hall are located on 10th Street between Central and College avenues.