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Being a Buckeye Engineer

first-year engineering studentEngineers are creative problem-solvers who invent and improve almost anything related to our health, happiness and safety. In short, engineers help shape the future.

Ohio State's College of Engineering will help you make a world of difference by providing excellent opportunities to take part in research experiences; interact with outstanding faculty; participate in project teams and organizations related to your respective engineering disciplines; and practice your profession before you even graduate.

We create an unsurpassed learning environment for students by:

  • delivering outstanding education programs, emphasizing experiential learning;
  • recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, including the use of strategic pipelines and programs that address individual needs; and 
  • graduating practitioners with the skills to negotiate real-world situations, the conceptual breadth to offer alternatives to conventional solutions, and the ethical foundation to be role models to all groups.

Approximately 70 percent of the college’s undergraduate students participate in our 20-year-old cooperative education or internship programs, led by Engineering Career Services. The college’s reputation for producing engineering talent, as well as for providing superior services to employers, has attracted more than 800 national and international employers including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized manufacturers, engineering and technical services firms, and state and federal agencies.

Ohio State is one of the world’s best comprehensive, public research universities, attracting world-class faculty and graduate students with our state-of-the-art facilities and abundant research opportunities. Our engineering graduate program is ranked first among all Ohio universities and 14th nationally among public universities by U.S. News & World Report.


Capstone projects offer glimpse into future

A steering device that assists children in powered wheelchairs, an app that enhances ESL teaching and learning, and a system for sustainable crop production in space are just a few of the 200+ projects and inventions that were on display at the College of Engineering’s 10th annual Engineering Capstone Design Showcase in 2017. Sponsored by ArcelorMittal, the event has more than tripled in size since it debuted in 2008.

Much more than a display of senior engineering projects, the showcase is a culmination of the undergraduate engineering academic experience at Ohio State. As part of college’s focus on experiential learning, all undergraduate engineering students spend one to two semesters tackling a real-world problem before graduation. Read more...

Engineering change in Ghana

Buckeye engineering students make a difference in Ohio and beyond by implementing transformative solutions to global challenges. 

In the fall of 2015, students traveled to West Africa to use their technical skills to assist local communities in the Offinso North District of Ghana. The two-week trip and corresponding course marked the launch of the first Engineering Abroad and Service-Learning program to the African continent.

During the semester-long Engineering Service-Learning Ghana course, students researched, designed and prototyped various sustainable engineering solutions to meet community needs. Instructor Roger Dzwonczyk and graduate teaching associate Mariant Gutierrez Soto split the students into three teams to implement projects focused on water filtration, alternative energy using biogas, and solar energy and electric power. Read more...

Transforming ideas into prototypes

Hundreds of students from the midwest and beyond transform ideas into prototypes in just 24 hours during HackOHI/O, Ohio State's largest hackathon and by far the biggest in Ohio.

Attendance at the annual event has grown tremendously since it first launched, from just 100 participants in 2013 to more than 600 in 2017. As attendance has grown it has also diversified, attracting students from a wide variety of majors, including data analytics, finance, psychology and violin performance, to name a few, as well as computer science and engineering students. Read more...