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Engineers learn best through hands-on experiences. At SFU, we incorporate real engineering projects into our courses as well as a variety of other venues for gaining valuable engineering experience. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future Saint Francis student.
Nonprofit organizations perform vital service in the restoration of watersheds, both at home and abroad. These nonprofits often affect great positive change with very limited personnel and budgets, impacts that could be amplified with technical assistance, focused research or simply additional manpower. This is where the Center for Watershed Research & Service is called to serve. Through the Center, housed at SFU, we can provide:
We combine service-learning with research so that students may not only serve communities and the environment, gaining invaluable practical engineering experience, but advance the state of science as they are doing so. This Rehabilitation Project, Rio Juckucha, Potosí, Bolivia is a great example of how we do this on an international level. Our Environmental Engineering Department, the University of Oklahoma Center for the Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, and the Universidad Autónoma “Tomas Frías” Mining Engineering Department are leading a multinational coalition to restore the heavily impacted Rio Juckucha in Potosí, Bolivia. This project demonstrates all facets of environmental engineering (from environmental problem diagnosis to sustainable solution implementation).
Acid mine drainage is the greatest issue facing the streams, rivers, reservoirs, and lakes of Pennsylvania. Over 2,500 miles of streams and rivers are impacted by the acidic, metal-rich discharges from the innumerable abandoned mines and piles of mine waste that dot Pennsylvania. Acid mine drainage impacted waters are unsafe for drinking water, irrigation, livestock watering, and recreation. In addition, acid mine drainage destroys the biotic integrity of streams, rendering once productive fisheries devoid of life. This is a crisis where Environmental Engineers are needed to restore our landscape to its former beauty and productivity. Our Environmental Engineering program uses this crisis as a Service-Learning opportunity with genuine projects to serve our community.
A great way for engineering majors to gain real world experience is to complete a summer research project with an engineering faculty member. Projects typically last eight weeks beginning in late May and students are paid a competitive stipend for their efforts. Freshmen and sophomores are especially encouraged to apply as a way to prepare for eventual internships.
Engineering students have the option to gain professional experience working with local non-profit watershed organizations and conservation districts while getting paid through work-study. Many students get positions through our Center for Watershed Research and Service.
The numerous labs and real-world projects in our program provide excellent opportunities for upper-level students to gain TA experience. These experiences are especially valuable for students interested in getting funded grad school opportunities.
Many of our students gain hands-on experience through summer internships with engineering firms and private industry. The faculty are always available to assist with resumes and networking.
A four year fellowship of $2,000 per year is awarded to up to ten incoming students per year majoring in Environmental Engineering or the 3-2 Engineering program. Prospective Fellows must have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.5, a SAT (critical reading and math) of at least 1100 or ACT of at least 24, and a letter of recommendation from their high school teacher or guidance counselor. Additionally, the Fellowship requires the Engineering students to remain in their major, maintain good academic standing (3.0 QPA) and be involved in a leadership position in the department. Engineering Fellows are also required to participate in outreach, tutorial or service activities.
The Engineering department conducts Undergraduate Summer Research over the course of the summer under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students, who are selected to participate, receive compensation for their summer research. A number of research topics are possible ranging from applied real world problems to theoretical questions.
Students may receive a monetary travel award to help defray the cost of presenting at regional or national conferences. Students present their summer undergraduate research results, seminar research projects and independent study projects at both on and off campus events.
This award is presented during the School of Sciences award ceremony. It is awarded to the highest achieving senior in the department based upon academic excellence and service to the department.
The Environmental Engineering Society is a student lead club for environmental engineering majors and others interested in the field. The club helps run the Environmental Engineering Seminar and organizes social activities. Also, they have some cool tee shirts for sale.
Being an engineering major is hard work but we know how to through a party, too. Each year in on engineering seminar we intersperse technical presentations with fun events like an annual fall party, kickball, and outdoor fun.
Saint Francis is surrounded by outdoor fun. Whether you're into hiking or kayaking, hunting or skiing, or something else entirely, you'll find plenty to do in Loretto. Use the links below to explore some of our favorite activities.
Each year we host 15-20 high school juniors for an introduction to environmental engineering. The Academy is academically challenging but also a lot of fun. Contact our Science Outreach Center to learn more about the EEDA.
Our dream for a new sciences facility became a reality when the doors opened in Fall 2013. This 70,000 square-foot facility houses state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and research facilities (including an aquatic research facility), advanced chemical instrumentation and youth outreach areas, in addition to places for students and faculty to gather, study, and learn.
117 Evergreen Drive P.O. Box 600 Loretto, PA 15940