WHEELING, W.Va., May 3, 2017 -- May 6 will be a bittersweet day for members of Wheeling Jesuit's engineering science faculty - that day the program will graduate its first class.
At Right: The first six Engineering Science majors will graduate from Wheeling Jesuit May 6. From left are Robert Yahn, dean of business and technology and engineering faculty member; Kellen McMahon; Brandon Wells; Matt Stewart; Kyle Ritz; Ben Standiford; Chuck Bowman and faculty member Rev. Luis Tampe, S.J.
The first six students in Wheeling Jesuit's engineering science program will walk across the stage and receive WJU's first engineering science diplomas. The engineers include: Chuck Bowman, Yorkville, Ohio; Kellen McMahon, Annapolis, Maryland; Kyle Ritz and Ben Standiford, Cambridge, Ohio; Matt Stewart, North Huntingdon, Pa; and Brandon Wells Pikesville, Maryland.
“While we're excited that these students have completed their degrees, we are a little sad to see them go,” said Dr. Peter Ehni, chair and associate professor of Physics and founding faculty member of the program. “Engineering Science went from a vision to a plan, to now graduating our first class. It is a little like seeing your child grow up.”
The group, all males, graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, said Robert Yahn, dean of Business and Technology. Additionally, Yahn said while each student excelled in the classroom, each student also was involved in Wheeling Jesuit campus life - four as student-athletes and one heavily involved in choir and theater.
“I'm proud of these guys for being the first and helping us to develop this program. When you are the first you have to expect some glitches and they made good suggestions on how to improve the program,” Ehni added.
According to Yahn, Wheeling Jesuit's engineering science program is based on the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors standards. “It's an intersection of electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering topics. “What makes our program unique is that it isn't specific to one specific topic” he explained.
As part of the program, each student was required to complete a capstone project. By teaming with the local community, they completed their projects at Wheeling Hospital, Eagle Manufacturing, Kalkreuth Roofing, JD&E Construction and TECNOCAP.
“This aspect of our program provides students with real world work experiences. Thanks to the local community, each student is well positioned for an entry level project engineer position,” Yahn added.
Wheeling Jesuit has an additional 28 engineering science majors, with additional students scheduled to enroll in the fall. The program took its first class in the fall of 2013.
For more information about WJU's Engineering Science program, contact the Office of Admissions at 304-243-2359 or firstname.lastname@example.org.