Twenty-five sixth-grade girls from Nelson Middle School in Lovingston came to Sweet Briar yesterday for the first Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The event was organized by Hank Yochum, director of the Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program, and project coordinator Paulette Porter-Stransky as part of National Engineering Week (Feb. 19-25). While Sweet Briar has [...]
Engineering science major Sarah Lightbody made the most of the summer before her senior year. It began with a mission to help people in Ilheus, Brazil, and finished with a coveted internship at AREVA Inc., a nuclear engineering firm and contractor in Lynchburg.
Rachel Rose works four nights a week as an engineering assistant at the Babcock & Wilcox Company’s mPower reactor design facility in Lynchburg. She was grateful to earn that job after finding and completing an internship there over the summer. By day Rose attends classes at Sweet Briar, carrying 16 hours as a second-year engineering [...]
Sweet Briar College’s Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program has received accreditation for its engineering science degree program from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET Inc. is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. Accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that evaluates curriculum, faculty, facilities [...]
“Can we get a drum roll from the drum shirt?” Bethany Brinkman asked, and Lydia Fleck promptly obliged, tapping out an electronic tattoo on her belly. The fanfare heralded the moment all gathered in Heuer Auditorium were waiting for. Would the Rube Goldberg machine work? Brinkman, who’d overseen its construction by Fleck and 21 other [...]
A team from Sweet Briar College is in Ilhéus, Brazil, for the next two weeks working to improve the daily routines of clients in an occupational therapy clinic.
Sweet Briar College made front-page news last week thanks to a collaboration with Edison2, maker of the $5 million prize-winning Very Light Car. Edison2 founder Oliver Kuttner and his team of engineers and racing professionals are developing the next version of the fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly Very Light Car, which won the Progressive Automotive X Prize [...]
The young women in Sweet Briar College’s Wyllie Engineering Program have no illusions about the difficulty of the task they have chosen. They intend to produce a prosthetic hand that looks and performs like the real thing — for less than a thousand dollars.