Engineering Sciences

Charnice Barbour ‘10engs2-charnice
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Engineering Sciences

Favorite and least favorite thing about department:

My favorite thing about being in the engineering department is that you really build a sense of community. You tend to take your pre-requisites and your major classes with most of the same people, so you really get to know each other. Also, the professors and the people working in Thayer are amazing. They are very friendly and willing to help you out in any kind of way.

Important info for potential majors:

Start your pre-reqs early because they do take a while to complete. Also, some of the classes can be very time consuming, especially those with projects.

Talk to me if:

you want to incorporate other things with your major such as the WISP program, LSA’s, etc…Also, if you are concerned with being a woman or even a minority in this major.

Most valuable academic information learned:

The most valuable information I learned was never to fall behind in your classes. It can be very hard to catch up, so if you do, talk with your professors.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite class so far was Engs 21 with Professor John Collier. You really learn the fundamentals to solving a problem in this class. Plus, Collier is such an amazing guy who really wants to see you succeed

Major classes taken:

CS 5; Engs 21, 22, 23, 24 equivalent, 31, 33, 103 equivalent

Major journey:

My interest in engineering started when I was in high school because my school was based on math and science. I enjoyed the basic engineering classes I took, so when I came to Dartmouth I decided to stay on that path.

Other activities:

African American Society – Financial Secretary; Link –Up; Math tutor; Lego League- Referee; Edgerton House Dinners; National Society of Black Engineers

Thesis status:

I intend to do a thesis, but I haven’t decided on the specific topic yet.

Off Campus Program:

Italian LSA in Rome, 08S and Exchange Program in Thailand, 09W

Internship experience:

I was a WISP intern in the Biomedical Engineering department at Thayer School working under John Collier and Kimberly Lyford for 08W and 08X.

sliderDerek Su ‘11 ENGS-DerekSu
F09-S10 D-plan:  R-L-R
Biomedical Engineering Major

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

Favorite things about the ENGS department: great resources, supportive professors, and doing some hands-on work!  Least favorite things: lots of work, Thayer is far(ther) away from campus, and there’s no dining hall inside Thayer for those late night sessions.  But that just means more bonding!  Hot tip: you can print in color for free at Thayer.

Important info for potential majors:

The biomedical engineering major was created for students who wanted to fulfill the pre-med requirements but also were interested in engineering.  It basically requires the “hard” version of pre-med, as well as some engineering classes.  Supposedly, the Dartmouth BME major is easier than at other schools.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you have questions about pre-med classes and/or engineering prerequisites, or just want to make friends!

Most valuable academic info learned:

If you go to office hours, professors will be able to explain stuff a lot more clearly than in class.  But don’t bring in your exam to ask questions if you’re happy with your grade, because sometimes they’ll retroactively deduct points, which sucks.

Favorite class and professor:

ENGS 21, Prof. John Collier.  Amazing guy.

Major classes taken:

MATH 8, 13, 23; CHEM 6, 51, 52; BIOL 11, 12, 13; PHYS 13, 14; ENGS 20, 21, 22

Major journey:

I found medicine and engineering to be equally interesting as I grew up.  Since I couldn’t choose between them, I chose to major in biomedical engineering.

Major-specific activities:

Genetics lab research assistant

Thesis status:

Something to do with medical devices, hopefully with Prof. John Collier.

Other activities:

Boxing Club; Swingers swing dancing club; Vandana dance group; Arts Ambassadors; Student Disabilities Advocacy Group

Off-campus program:

Bike & Build, 08X
New Zealand medical internship (hopefully), 10W

sliderLaura (Laurie) Woodman ‘11 ENGS-LaurieWoodman
F09-S10 D-plan:  R-L-L
Engineering, Studio art minor

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

I love that engineers at Dartmouth have Thayer School; it becomes a place that gives you an added sense of belonging and community. Engineers spend a lot of time together taking the same classes, working on projects, and helping each other, so having all of us so concentrated in one area of campus, adds to the accessibility of the department’s resources, which seem endless. However, classes can be pretty large, so it is easy to a very impersonal experience. But with some initiative, I have found professors to be overwhelmingly approachable and helpful.

Important info for potential majors:

Start immediately! Engineering has a lot of prerequisites and a lot of required classes, which can be extremely time consuming and not easy to double up on. Engineers get the reputation that we are never around because we spend all our time in the Engineering School, but that doesn’t have to be true, with a little planning.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you are interested in participating in the Engineering Department’s Thailand exchange program at Chulalongkorn University. Also, if you are trying to combine your studies in engineering with some level of studio art.

Favorite class and professor:

Engineering 21 has by far been my favorite, because it’s is the kind of engineering I want to pursue: product design and development. I also greatly enjoyed taking the class with Professor Collier. Even with a large class of about 13 groups all working on vastly different projects, Collier was able to give as much individual feedback as each group wanted.

Major classes taken:

Prerequisites:     MATH 3, 8, 13, PHYS 13, 14, CHEM 5, ENGS 20
Major classes: ENGS 21, ENGS 22 (09X)

Major journey:

Coming into college, I knew I wanted to go into the sciences, and had liked physics the best in high school. But I knew I didn’t want to do research or teaching. I’d always considered engineering, but only after walking through the engineering school everyday freshman year from The River, and seeing all the projects in the display cases of the project lab, did I realize it was right for me.

Major-specific activities:

TA working at the Service Desk in the Machine Shop in Thayer School.
WISP (Women in Science Project) mentor

Thesis status:

ENGS 75: Product Design (11S)

Other activities:

Sigma Delta (Sister, Scholarship Chair 09X); Tucker Foundation Alternative Spring Break Participant: Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation Youth Center Project; First Year Trips (Trip Leader); Tutor in Spanish I and II; Ledyard Canoe Club (Member)

Off-campus program:

Engineering Thailand Exchange Program at Chulalongkorn University

Internship experience:

Freshman year I participated in a WISP internship in the Physics and Astronomy Department winter and spring term with Professor Hans Reinhard-Mueller in a comparative study of heliospheres.

sliderNana K. Amoah ‘11 ENGS-NanaAmoah
F09-S10 D-plan:  R-R-R
Engineering Sciences, Biomedical Engineering concentration

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The Engineering Science department has an amazing array of professors who are into cutting edge research and give undergrads the opportunity to enhance their skills in that department. The students in the department are very smart and like to collaborate with others. Since there are no departments, collaboration between professors and students with diverse interests in the different engineering fields help augment your engineering experience. You get hands-on experience as an engineering student which is essential on the job market.

Important info for potential majors:

Start planning early, consult upper-classmen on course selection and engage the professors outside of the classroom. Work hard and collaborate with other students who are in the department. It’s great for building long lasting professional relationships. Take advantage of the Thayer School career services, the many research opportunities with profs and explore the world outside of engineering as well.

Talk to me if:

If you need help planning the major, selecting classes and finding research opportunities in the Biomedical, Biotech, Pharmaceutical and/or Biochemical Engineering fields.

Most valuable academic info learned:

The most valuable thing learned is to prioritize my time, be self-disciplined and make sure to keep up with school work and projects. This has helped me balance my life well and to enjoy the Dartmouth experience. I have also learnt to take advantage of the friendly atmosphere of the department with regards to problem sets, advice on research opportunities, graduate school options, etc.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite class so far was with Prof. John P. Collier in ENGS 21. As the introductory class to the world of engineers, it was time consuming but worth every effort. I learnt how to build a product that meets a specific need of society and also to draw up a business plan. It is like learning to be an engineer and transitioning into an entrepreneur.

Major classes taken:

ENGS 20,21,22, MATH 23

Major journey:

Growing up as a kid, I loved exploring the world around me. I was not privileged to take things apart and be spared the rod, so my natural environment was my engineering lab. I loved the quantitative and qualitative analysis skills that an engineer possesses and the ability to see problems in a different light. I was also good in the natural sciences from middle school through high school and as such I thought engineering will be a good fit. Fortunately, when I came here I have grown in love with the field more and more.

Other activities:

National Society of Black Engineers-VP; Thayer Council Rep; DPE-VP; Fire Generation-Co-founder and VP

Internship experience:

Intel Corporation-Technician (pre-Dartmouth),M2S Inc- Software Quality Assurance Engineer, 08X.