Engineering With Heart

Jordan 2Today’s post was written by Jordan Hoyt, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.

When I was looking at engineering programs across the country, nearly all of them stood out for incredible research and cool projects. But something made TU special, and because of that, I have never regretted my decision to come here. What makes TU engineering special is its heart.

Just peek into Stephenson or Keplinger Halls on a Friday afternoon and you’ll see the students of SENEA- Sustainable Engineering, MADE- Make a Difference Engineering, and EWB- Engineers Without Borders spending their free time working on projects that matter for people. Because of their hard work, TU engineering students have affected people in need from Mongolian farms, to The Little Lighthouse down the road here in Tulsa, to the mountains of Bolivia.

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Engineering & Engineering

As a few of you have probably learned, TU has a decent-sized and passable engineering college…. Okay, so TU is pretty well known for its intense and competitive College of Engineering and Natural Sciences! And as a student studying in this discipline, I get to see all the in’s and out’s of the classes, professors and buildings. If you visit TU (especially if you are wanting to do anything that is remotely close to engineering), you will probably be shown the two newest additions to the campus: Stephenson Hall and Rayzor Hall. Let me give you some information on both.

First is my home: Stephenson Hall! Alright, so maybe it’s not my home yet. But it will be starting the fall semester. The building is actually scheduled to be open this summer. So just in time for any of you high school seniors! This building will be the home of Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering.

Stephenson Hall: Under Construction!

Next is the beautiful Rayzor Hall. This building opened toward the end of last semester, meaning that I am a part of the first group of students to have classes there. Rayzor is now home to the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. It’s so fancy!

The Newly Opened Rayzor Hall

This next photo is to show you a more inside view of Rayzor. Look how much people love studying here!

Studying for Computer Science

So as you can see, TU loves to give its students the best of the best when it comes to resources to succeed.

SENEA: Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas

Casey Reed
23 days into 2012, and TU students have already changed lives….
Read this great project report about two TU undergraduate mechanical engineering students who traveled to Guyana, South America a few weeks ago to establish solar powered water chlorination systems in three different villages. This project began in May 2010 and the research and development was performed by students at the undergraduate level.
Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas
Guyana Pilot Implementation

I can’t wait to read the reviews next year, when the students return to expand this year’s project.