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Friday, February 12, 2016

"Engineering" growth and success

 In May of 2016, we will graduate our first class of Quinnipiac engineers.   Since its humble beginnings in Tator Hall, the program has expanded into the entire lower level of the Center for Communications and Engineering on our Mt. Carmel campus.
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Dr. Justin Kile, Associate Dean of Engineering enjoys the challenges of building a program.  He also appreciates the fact that not all students decide on their academic major prior to beginning college.

 "My dad was a civil engineer.  During my senior year in high school, I had three majors in mind when I started the college search process, teaching, business and engineering. " I decided that I liked the "concreteness of engineering" and enrolled at the Rochester Institute of Technology," he said.

Like many of our students, Dr. Kile was an undeclared engineering major when he started at RIT.  "I liked the breadth of the industrial engineering major," he said.  Dr. Kile uses his own experience when helping undeclared engineering majors at Quinnipiac.  He says that he has "become pretty good at finding them all a home" during the first two years of their curriculum. 

Quinnipiac University requires all students to complete courses outside of their majors as part of the university core curriculum.  Dr. Kile says that "taking courses in the humanities and social sciences improves their abilities to be better engineers". 

"Engineering is about using technical skills to solve problems.  But problems do not exist in the technical realm alone," he said "A broader, well rounded education allows students to be more productive in their solutions to these problems."

After graduating from RIT, Dr. Kile chose to continue his education at the University of Michigan with an MS in Engineering.  But, he wanted to share his passion for engineering with others, so teaching became his path to that goal and he continued on to receive his PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering.

Dr. Kile joined Quinnipiac as one of the founding members of the Engineering program at Quinnipiac along with Dr. Jonathan Reap.  He was named Associate Dean in 2013. 

One of Dr. Kile's favorite programs outside of the classroom is the Engineering department's Hard Hat Ceremony which is held in the spring semester.  This ceremony is designed to build community between the students and faculty and reward effort by the engineering students.

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 Students who are within two years of graduation receive an authentic hard hat that can be worn on their job sites.  They receive a sticker indicating their discipline within one year of graduation and another sticker with their year of graduation right before they finish.  There are also stickers for academic success, volunteerism, leadership and research. 

All of the labs and classrooms that have been added to the facility are available for students.  And the department is happy to accept feedback from students to improve their facilities.  The space has been designed for use, and all lecture classrooms are adjacent to the labs so that the theories taught to the students can be put into practice right away. 

The best way to experience what the Engineering program has to offer is to visit with us and tour the campus.  We will be holding information sessions in our office during school vacations and Saturdays during the coming weeks.  We hope to see many future Quinnipiac Engineers. 



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quinnipiac's School of Communications Innovates for Students



Quinnipiac University's School of Communications has some big changes for the 2015-2016 academic year, in personnel and to the curriculum, which are designed to continue to improve and innovate for our students. 

The Dean of the School of Communications, Lee Kamlet, is very happy with the new majors that have been added to the existing majors in the School of Communications.

 "Two new majors have been added to our program.  Interactive Digital Design has moved over from the College of Arts and Sciences.  Digital design is becoming a fundamental skill about which all communications majors must have a working knowledge.  In fact, the faculty is working on changes to our core curriculum to incorporate digital design and visual literacy to ensure that going forward, all students in the School of Communications have an understanding of the importance of visual design."
Advertising has also moved to the School of Communications from the School of Business and been refocused as Advertising and Integrated Communications.
 "It has been renamed and the curriculum revamped to reflect the change in the industry.  [The major] now includes the creative side of advertising, and also incorporates the use of social and paid media and public relations in an overall campaign strategy".
Photo courtesy of Dana Rosengard


In addition to these curriculum changes, there is a new member of the School of Communications' administrative team.  Assistant Dean for Career Development, Dana Rosengard, brings to the position both professional and academic credentials.  He received a PhD in Communications from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as well as a Master's degree in Education from Johnson State College.  He has taught in several journalism and communications programs, most recently at Suffolk University and Emerson College in Boston.

Professionally, Dr. Rosengard has been a reporter, news anchor and producer.  He reflected on his career and uses his experiences with Quinnipiac students. 
 "When I started in news reporting, I had the opportunity to sit at an assignment desk to gain insight into the broadcast news industry.  As I was sitting and observing, I saw a number of people sitting at desks and asked what they were doing, the answer was that they were the producers.  I was an average anchor, but it turned out that I was a great producer.  I tell the students not to put on the blinders when making decisions so that they will be able to consider all opportunities for their careers."
Dr. Rosengard considers his role in Career Development as a "guide" for students.
"I tell the students that they are going to drive the bus.  I will lead them to the parking lot and help them find which bus they want, but then they have to take it from there."

LinkedIn recently developed college rankings based on the job outcomes of 300 million college graduates from around the world and Quinnipiac was ranked #7 in the Best Universities for Media Professionals category. Dr. Rosengard will continue to build on this success with current students who will benefit from the wealth of knowledge, experience and resources that Dr. Rosengard brings to the career development office.

We are hosting our final Open House of the fall season on Saturday, November 14.  We look forward to seeing many high school seniors as well as high school juniors at the event, which is a perfect opportunity to visit campus, meet current students and faculty, and explore your options. Register Today!





Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Settling in to the Fall Semester

The fall travel season is well underway for our admissions counselors.  Our counselors are visiting schools across the Northeast and beyond to meet families and students who will be applying for fall 2016 or those who are high school juniors beginning their college search.  There are a number of opportunities to meet Quinnipiac representatives this fall. 

Our first fall Open House was well-attended and students and their families enjoyed the lovely weather and the opportunity to meet faculty and staff on all three campuses.  We have two more Open Houses remaining this fall, Saturday October 17 and Saturday November 14. 

The lower level of the Center for Communications and Engineering, home to our engineering labs has been a very busy location for most of the summer and early fall.  Huge boxes have arrived and been unpacked and the Engineering students and professors have been busy experimenting with their new "toys".  You never know what you may find when you visit, perhaps a 3D printer generating pieces that could be assembled into a prosthetic hand, or a simulation of the impact of water on a bridge.  Our Engineering students were profiled in the summer edition of Quinnipiac Magazine.

Inside or out these students are continually experimenting with the concepts they will be studying throughout their four years at Quinnipiac.  These photos taken by Alyssa Tunney, one of our Admissions Ambassadors depict one of our introductory engineering classes.  The students were given the task of analyzing, building and testing a pressure rocket.  They were provided with a 2 liter bottle and asked to create this rocket along with a program that would adjust the parameters of its flight.
 
It's perfect weather for these activities and everyone is taking advantage of fall in New England.