Professor of Physics Katherine AidalaTrack Chair

Engineering Committee

  • Katherine Aidala (Physics)
  • Maria Gomez (Chemistry)
  • Martha Hoopes (Environmental Studies)
  • Dylan Shepardson (Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Audrey Lee St. John (Computer Science)

The Engineering Nexus provides a path from the traditional disciplines of the liberal arts to a career in engineering. Engineers are trained to solve a diverse set of problems, and a student may major in the field of science or mathematics most closely allied to the engineering subfield in which she is interested. Combining a science or mathematics major with some additional course work and summer internships in engineering is excellent preparation for future graduate work in engineering or employment in engineering-related fields. While the Engineering Nexus explicitly is not an engineering degree or accreditation, it is intended as a route into the field of engineering. The experiential portion of the Nexus involves completing a summer internship in the field of engineering. This may be participating in a formal Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in an academic laboratory, a summer internship with an engineering firm, working abroad for the summer in an engineering laboratory, or other options. Given the diversity of engineering, a wide range of courses can count towards the Nexus, but students must consult with a Nexus advisor to determine a program that will match her interests and goals.