CU School Reaches Out To Community – The Daily Record

ENGINEERING IN BUIES CREEK

By SHAUN SAVARESE

Of The Record Staff

The Campbell University School of Engineering, which opened in August of last year, held a meet and greet for industry neighbors in the Carrie Rich Hall on campus Wednesday.

The event featured students and staff from the department presenting their respective projects and laboratory spaces.

Campbell University School of Engineering Dean Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter gave three 10-minute presentations, where she addressed industry neighbors and prospective students.

During the first presentation, Dr. Carpenter was thrilled to see the lecture hall mostly filled with attentive eyes and open ears.

“One of our goals is just to let you know that we are here and that we have a program,” the dean said. “But more than that, to know that we have a very unique program … . Of the 350 engineering schools in the United States, there might be about 10 or 12 that do the engineering the way that we do it. It’s a very robust, hands-on project-based approach,” Dr. Carpenter said.

“Our first-year students — to be honest — are qualified to do internships and that’s just not true at about 90 percent of the places. Because they have done lots of projects and developed lots of skills, but the theory and things that go with it.”

She said the Campbell engineering students will develop the skills to “be ready out of the gate.”

Down the hall from the lecture center and up a flight of narrow stairs, sat Campbell University mechanical engineering freshman Kendall Mayo with sophomore chemical engineering student, Heidi Tuszkiewicz. They sat at a long, team-project table, affront a portable white board covered with equations — in a room that often holds studying students until well past midnight.

The Camel Collaborative Commons is open until 2 a.m., four days a week and until midnight on weekends. Dr. Carpenter said the space is always noisy and full and students are constantly requesting the hours extended.

Just off that superb study space is Area 87, a hands-on lecture and activities station where classes gather in groups to work on engineering and design projects.

Projects like a fish tank pump that self stabilizes salinity using a machine-milled pump, a laser cut rotor and a computerized, current-generation device which monitors the saltiness of the water and triggers the addition of fresh or salt water.

Second semester engineering students Samuel Thompson and Rachel Plasters displayed the pumps in the atrium of the Carrie Rich building. They explained the work done by each and were proud of the final products.

On Tuesday, the school of engineering will host its design expo, displaying the completed See Engineering, Page 3

Campbell University freshman mechanical engineering student Kendall Mayo, right and chemical engineering sophomore Heidi Tuszkiewicz stand in front of a CNC mill in Area 87 a lab at the School of…

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