With the first dual-degree engineering programs established nearly 40 years ago, William Jewell has a long history of offering these options to students. Currently, 13 students are participating in our various programs, not including first-year students. Jewell students who are enrolling in engineering schools in fall 2012 include Bikesh Dahal at Columbia University, Brandon Pollpeter at Missouri S&T and Jeremy Morris at Missouri S&T. In spring 2012, Chris Day completed a dual-degree program in mechanical engineering at University of Kansas.
During their academic careers, students typically participate in engineering internships. Recent dual-degree engineering students have held internships with the following businesses and firms: Burns and McDonnell, Kansas City Power and Light and GE Transportation Systems. Many students find permanent work locally, due to the fact that Kansas City serves as a major employer of engineers nationwide.
While at Jewell, dual-degree engineers often join Society of Physics Students, a national organization dedicated to encouraging students in their scientific careers. Our local chapter hosts speakers who discuss careers in fields such as engineering, scientific research, teaching and law. Dual-degree students may participate in Jewell’s Career Mentor Program in which each student is matched with a local professional. In this program students learn directly from someone in their field of interest through conversations, shadowing and formal presentations.