Engineering Melds Business and Pleasure

09.09.2005 | Students, Engineering, EducationKenny Mosher headed to college interested in math, physics, calculus, movies and music. Engineering wasn't creative enough, and he didn't want to be a music major.

Starting this fall, Mosher and others can combine both through the University of Dayton's integrated arts and technology program.

"So often we hear parents selling engineering to their children with, 'I know you love music but you have to make a living,'" Jim Globig, a UD associate professor of engineering technology, said. "How great would it be if they didn't have to choose? This offers foundations in the technical aspects of the arts students couldn't otherwise receive in just engineering or music."

Through UD's department of engineering technology, students can learn the technological aspects of music, visual communication and design, or theater.

"A job with Disney would be awesome, but I am open-minded to where this can take me," Mosher said. "I'm happy to find a path that allows me to combine my interests."

Possible careers include theater set design, working in recording studios, sound engineering or instrument manufacturing.

There are many examples of where arts and technology intersect - introductory mechanics for designing stage props that won't collapse, introductory circuits for theatre lighting, and digital communications for Internet design.

"This allows students to receive a broader-based education," Globig said. "In the past, engineers graduated and just did engineering design work. Today, employers want someone who can be more than just an engineer."

No additional campus facilities are needed and the Dayton Art Institute, the Schuster Performing Arts Center and the Victoria Theater will be utilized as offsite "labs."

New York University, Ball State, Northeastern and Northwestern are among the handful of universities offering an arts and technology program.

For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson at (937) 229-3391.