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About Engineering and Physics

The Department of Engineering and Physics at Elizabethtown College is unique: small in size, big on quality.

Engineering and Physics Projects

Elizabethtown Engineering and Physics students are involved in numerous projects in and around campus.

Facilities, Labs and Equipment

The Department of Engineering and Physics, located in the Masters Center for Science, Mathematics & Engineering, encompasses a collection of state-of-the-art laboratories and research spaces as well as areas for students to gather and study.

Student Organizations

Etown Women Engineers

Etown Women Engineers was formed to provide social and academic support, encouragement, and mentorship for women in engineering and physics, and to educate about issues and opportunities facing women in those fields.  Activities include guest speakers, a mentoring network for first-year students, and outreach activities such as Into the Streets. The club is in the process of becoming a campus chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Future Energies and Sustainable Technologies Club

The student club FEAST is focused on projects and technologies that are cost-effective and have all the hallmarks of sustainability – long-life, high reliability, and low environmental impact. Most notable projects are the Solar Cabin, the Solar Boat, and most recently Solar Cars and charging stations. This club can also provide opportunities for students to enhance their studies in our new Sustainable Design Engineering concentration (see Program Flow-Chart).

Robotics and Machine Intelligence Club

This club has focused on many projects in robotics and artificial intelligence over the past 12 years. This club is an extension of the RMI Lab. A list of many of the projects can be found on RMI Lab Website including the Wunderbot autonomous robot which was entered in the national IGVC (Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition) in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Students often become involved in these projects as early as their 1st year, and all Engineering and Computer Science majors are encouraged to participate.

Partners in Engineering (PiE)

In 2008, this Living and Learning Community was created, and It and has been a growing success, dramatically improving our student retention rate from previous years. Students enjoy peer learning with their classmates and project teammates. PiE students are housed on the same floor of a dorm. Many events are held: An international food night; A "mystery artifact" night; A visit to a clock museum; A trip to the Whitaker Center; Weekly tutoring sessions, etc.

The Association of Engineering and Physics Students

This club organizes group events, field trips, picnics, sporting events, corporate tours, and participates in the community service event "Into the Streets." Additionally, it fields an intramural softball team known affectionately as the Spectacular Weenies. Besides fun and games, many members of the Club participate in tutoring offered weekday evenings in the Hideaway.

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