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Research

The Engineering faculty are actively involved in a wide variety of research areas. Explore our website to see descriptions of past research work done by students working with faculty, or visit the SHARP-Summer Hope Academic Research Program website to see current research opportunities. Engineering students are also involved in research in other Hope Departments and in Off-Campus programs.

For the Engineering student, there are research opportunities in

In addition, there are several active physics research groups and also inter­disciplinary research projects that combine aspects of chemistry, environmental science, and/or geology.

.The research done at Hope College is true cutting-edge scientific research. Unlike the projects that some other colleges call research, the work you will do at Hope College is not a repeat of others' work. We expect our students to make discoveries.

.There are opportunities to work with faculty on research projects during the academic year (often for credit or pay).

. On average, there are 15 students - including freshmen - involved in full-time summer research in the department.

. A significant amount of work is done on campus but there are also opportunities to use the facilities at local corporations.

. Students are presented with the opportunity to intern at prestigious companies including Johnson Controls, Smith Aerospace, GMB-Engineering, and Pfizer.

. Students are sent to professional meetings to present results of the research they have done at Hope College.

. Students are coauthors on published research in professional journals.

.There are opportunities, both during the summer and academic terms, for future teachers to be active in scholarly work focusing on teaching science.

.From 1996-2001, $6.4 million in external grants were awarded to the Natural Science Division at Hope to support research, of which $2 million was awarded for research being done by the Department of Physics and Engineering.

. There are excellent library facilities on campus and extensive electronic access to material is available.

Both institutional funds and externally supported research grants pay students' summer stipends and allow travel to professional meetings to present results. Undergraduates become co­authors on research publications with their mentors. Into which area do you think you would fit? Developing and simulating aircraft autopilots? Designing and implementing controllers for robotics and space systems? Modeling the dynamic response of structures under blast loading? Evaluating chemi­cal properties so that engineers can produce raw materials for products from plastics to pharmaceuticals? Studying the behavior of materials under loading?