Dual Degree Engineering Students Participate in Design Contest
Amanda Bragg and Megan Yohpe, the first students in Meredith’s engineering dual degree program, recently participated in Freshman Engineering Design Day at NC State University.
The engineering dual degree program is an agreement between Meredith College and NC State University, which allows students to attend Meredith College and earn a Bachelor of Arts in either chemistry or mathematics, and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from NC State’s College of Engineering.
Bragg is earning a chemistry degree and Yohpe is earning a mathematics degree. They served on a team with two students from NC State. Each team was able to choose a design project.
The team chose a water fountain because it also allowed them to incorporate their artistic skills.
“Although many of the other project choices were interesting and challenging, the fountain seemed to be a project that incorporated both engineering skills and artistic skills; to be successful, the fountain had to be functional and aesthetically pleasing,” Yohpe said.
The project required flexibility, according to Bragg, who said the team did not end up using their first design.
“Though challenging, building our water fountain for the Freshman Engineering Design Day was a very fun experience,” Bragg said. “It was first-hand engineering experience. We had many design issues along the way, but we resolved them with time and much thought. I had a great time and I would do it all over again.”
Problem-solving was also needed for the project, Yohpe said.
“Although it was also the most stressful part, I thoroughly enjoyed the problem-solving aspect of the project,” Yohpe said. “We encountered many problems along the way; each time, we had to utilize the materials we had to address the issue at hand.”
Meredith Engineering Program Coordinator Cammey Cole Manning said the Engineering Design Day event is an opportunity for students “to get a taste of the work of engineering [including] teamwork, design and building.”
Students in the dual degree program can complete two degrees in five years. For more information on the engineering dual degree program, visit www.meredith.edu/engineering/default.htm.
Date Submitted: 2007-12-05