Engineering-The Science of Innovation

One day last fall, I was returning to my dorm from class when I discovered the small project my roommates had been coordinating. As I glanced into the other bedroom of my dorm suite, my roommates “small project” required me to do a rather large double take. Using two-by-fours, plywood, and super glue, my roommates had created a loft in their bedroom. Atop the loft were multiple pieces of furniture as well as a television and hammock while their mattresses were placed underneath. As if the astonishment from my gaping mouth did not convey my reaction, I was greeted with, “Hey man, what do you think?” This was my first introduction to the engineering students at the University of Dayton.

I now live with three engineering students, all of which are mechanical engineers. Their studies encapsulate “things that move to improve our world” and never fail to fascinate me with their thought processes. A tremendous amount of mathematics and physics is incorporated into a problem-solving curriculum. However, the engineering does not stop in the classroom.

The most attractive feature of the school of engineering is the ETHOS program. Incorporating engineering skills learned from class into real-world projects, University of Dayton ETHOS engineers work to help communities both locally and worldwide in over 15 different countries. One of the locally organized projects includes a rain-catchment system linked to a pump. The pump, powered by a bike pedal, moves the water into a 12-ft water tower. From there, the water is moved by gravity to saturate vegetable and fruit gardens. All of the produce is then provided to the local community. Certainly there is no mathematics or physics equation that can formulate this display of goodwill. 

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