We could list one hundred and one reasons why we love our engineering students, but the biggest reason? Our students have ideas, ideas that can change and serve our communities but most importantly, our world. They care and they want to use the skills they have to make our planet better. Something as small as turbines in storm drains to generate power or big as building houses out of recycled products for more affordable and sustainable housing can all have great impact.
The tragedy left behind by Hurricane Michael will not be forgotten in Tallahassee and the Florida panhandle. #EngineeringServes is a way for students to use their ideas to make a difference. Each year seniors complete their education in a one-year senior design course with a project that builds on their coursework and laboratory experience. Students have the opportunity to work on projects that are not for profit but address urgent social needs. They have the chance to work on projects that have a purpose, can help people--but most importantly bridge the gap between the students and the community.
Creativity can overcome challenges. Projects like tree harvesters to make yard clean up less dangerous and faster, using vehicles as home generators during power outages, and putting turbines in storm drains to create electricity are just some ideas along this theme.
Many of our students are just beginning their education at the college and are not ready for senior design. They can get involved in #EngineeringServes in other ways. By volunteering in their community and getting involved with student organizations our students find ways to make the world a better place.
What can you do to be involved?
Your involvement is just telling us what you need. Is there challenge to overcome or something that could be done more efficiently? We want to hear from you!
You are the brains and brawn behind the ideas! You are the ones who will engineer solutions for the needs our community identifies. If you see something in the community suggestions that interests you as a senior design project, then make it happen. Benefits? Support an investment from the Tallahassee community, the possibility for your project to get attention and praise, and the knowledge that you are doing something great for others.
We need you as much as we need ideas because projects cannot get made without sponsors. Whether it be that a project sticks out to you or you’re looking to help out your future fellow engineers, you are as much a part of this initiative as the students or community. Sponsorships start at $2,000 per project. Contact us for more info or to get involved (email to Tisha).