On February 6, Otterbein officially announced a new major in systems engineering, to launch in fall 2015. Systems engineering represents a broad-based engineering education which focuses on the principles of mechanical, industrial, and electrical engineering as well as physics and math. We have received very positive feedback on our curriculum from local industry partners such as Xigent Automation Systems, Worthington Industries, Mettler Toledo, and Emerson Network Power. Therefore, we are confident that our future graduates will be in high demand.
Professors Dave Robertson and Aaron Reinhard of the Physics Department were leaders in the development of this curriculum, and Reinhard was appointed interim director of the program in January 2015. A national search is underway to hire a full-time director, who will start this coming August.
The 3+2 Cooperative Engineering program run by the Physics Department will continue, allowing students the opportunity to pursue areas of engineering other than systems.
For more information, see the Otterbein press release:
or the Systems Engineering website:
or contact either Prof. Reinhard or Prof. Robertson.