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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.