Engineering Student Opportunities

  • Gaining engineering experience through service
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    Environmental Engineering Service Trip to Bolivia
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    No one falls alseep in our classes!
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    Outdoor Class Brubaker Run
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  • Explore the Possibilities

    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.

  • Service Learning

    Center for Watershed Research and Service

    Que Creek Habitat Structures
    Student volunteers placing fish habitat structures in Que Creek reservoir.

    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:

    • Real class projects in the service of nonprofit partners.
    • Student-professor research teams investigating fundamental and applied research questions of interest to nonprofit partners.
    • Service-learning internships pairing student interns and mentoring professors with nonprofit partners.
    • Mobilization of the SFU student body for large volunteer events held by nonprofit partners.

    International Service Learning: Bolivian Rehabilitation Project

    Lake Titicaca with Kelsea and Ashley
    Kelsea and Ashley on an overlook high above Lake Titicaca.

    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).

    Service-Learning in the Allegheny Highlands

    Gondar Farm Weir Install
    Fluid Mechanics Lab installing a weir to measure an AMD discharge.

    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.

  • Internships & Summer Research

    Undergraduate Research Experiences

     Luke Presenting a Research Poster
    Luke presenting his summer research results at our annual student research symposium.

    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.

    Work Study Internships

     Jake Explains His Work to Student Group
    Jake describing his work as a Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team intern to visiting student group.

    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.

    Teaching Assistantships

    Marie Helps Freshman with Rocket Launch Project 
    Marie setting up a rocket launch during her job as an ENGR-101 TA.

    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.

    Internships with Private Industry

     Becky Traveling to Internship in Northern Canada
    Becky on the train to intern in the Northwest Territories. Follow her adventures on her blog.

    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.

  • Fellowships & Awards

    Engineering Department Fellowship

    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.

    Engineering Undergraduate Summer Research Award

    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.

    Engineering Department Travel Award

    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.

    Engineering Department Senior Award

    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.

  • Recreation

    Environmental Engineering Society (EES)

    Environmental Engineering Society Officers 
    EES Officers: Shannon, Morgan, Emily and Evan.

    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.

    Departmental Seminar

    Roasting Hotdogs at Dr. Bill's House 
    Annual fall party at Dr. Bill's house.

    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.

    Outdoor Recreation

     Dr. Bill Floating the Stonycreek Canyon
    Dr. Bill mad-bombing down the rapids of the Stonycreek.

    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.



    Environmental Engineering Design Academy (EEDA)

     Coal Tubin
    An EEDA tradition: Coal Tubin the Stonycreek with Dalton leading the procession by kayak.

    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.

  • Science Center

    Science Center

    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.

    Take a look inside the Science Center

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