College of Engineering Welcome Back Events

Welcome back, Engineering and Knowlton students!

We want to celebrate the start of fall semester and welcome our new students. During these events, you're invited to come enjoy free food, facility tours and various events to learn more about opportunities within the college. More information and events are being added, so be sure to check back!

Registration is required for all tours.


Monday, August 22

West Campus Tours, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Registration is required for all West-Campus tours and will close end of day on Saturday, August 20 or until spots are filled. The shuttle will leave from Dreese Labs.

  • Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis: During your visit to CEMAS, you will have the unique opportunity to experience an innovative building design and infrastructure that ensures $40 million worth of instrumentation are performing beyond manufacturer expectations, including the OSU FEI Electron Microscopy Collaboratory, a digital lecture theater allowing remote operation of instrumentation. You can also take a virtual tour of CEMAS.
  • Center for Automotive Research: CAR is the preeminent research center in sustainable and safe mobility. CAR is recognized for interdisciplinary emphasis on systems engineering, advanced and unique experimental facilities, collaboration on advanced product development projects with industry, and a balance of government and privately sponsored research.
  • Electro Science Laboratory:  ESL is a premier center focused on all aspects of electromagnetics and radio frequency (RF) systems, including remote sensing, radar systems, communication systems, sensors and sensor fusion, antennas, mixed-signal integrated circuits, terahertz, millimeter waves, optics and photonics. The tour will include a stop at the largest academic anechoic chamber, which is used for measuring RF systems and antennas.
  • Nanotech West Laboratory: A 36,000-square-foot shared research facility located on OSU’s West Campus, NTW is an extensively equipped and fully staffed laboratory where researchers are provided 24/7 access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, as well as in-house training, process and project support. During your tour of NTW you will have the opportunity to view our various lab spaces and hear from lab managers about the various equipment, research activities and research opportunities throughout the labs.
  • Nuclear Reactor Laboratory: Come to the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (NRL) to hear about nuclear research, see the blue glow from the reactor pool top, and check out the control room. Space is limited. Students must sign up in advance, and must follow all security and safety precautions for this unique opportunity. There will be no additions or substitutions will be allowed after that point. First-come, first-served signups. Please see pre-visit instructions when you sign up.
  • Edison Joining Tech Center: EJTC is the facility used for the Welding Engineering major. You can see demonstrations of non-destructive evaluation techniques, additive manufacturing, robotic laser welding, metal sample processing and microscopy as well as many other research labs for Welding Engineering.

Events & Open Houses

  • 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Open House - Drone Rodeo: (Location: KSA 250 & Knowlton Plaza) Join the Center for Aviation Studies, along with industry and academic partners, on the Knowlton Plaza to learn about drone/UAS career opportunities. Then stop by Knowlton Hall 250 for the chance to fly a drone indoors! Click here for more details.

Tuesday, August 23

Wednesday, August 24

  • 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. - Engineering Career Services: (Location: Knowlton Plaza) ECS and our Employer Partners want to welcome you back to campus. At this tabling event, you will learn more about Engineering Career Services' offerings, events, and other important information that will set you up for job search success. Sweet treats and giveaways will be included!
  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Open House - Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering: (Location: Bolz 4th Floor) Drop by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Open House for a chance to meet some of our faculty and staff, speak with current students, learn about opportunities within the department and get some food and giveaways!

Thursday, August 25

  • 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Open House - Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering: (Location: Scott Lab E100) Join Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering (MAE) Open House and pick up a free treat, COE t-shirts (while supplies last) and a participation punch card. Students who pick up a participation card can earn participation marks by visiting MAE labs and students orgs during the Open House which can be redeemed for MAE giveaways during the event.  Click here for more details.
  • 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Open House - Biomedical Engineering: (Location: Fontana lobby) Drop by Fontana lobby to welcome and reconnect with Biomedical Engineering students, faculty and staff. Learn how to get involved in BMES or BMEGSA, meet organization officers and faculty advisors, enjoy light refreshments -- and be sure to grab a free t-shirt!
  • 7:00 p.m. Engineers' Council - Officer Meet 'n Greet: (Location: Independence Hall room 100) Join the Engineers' Council for our first meeting of the semester! This will be your opportunity to get to know the new officers and find out what's happening in the upcoming semester. This meeting is open to all in engineering and KSA and is an optional event for Engineers' Council affiliate student organizations.

Friday, August 26

  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Open House - Integrated Systems Engineering - Cookies and Conversations: (Location: 210 Baker Systems) You're invited to visit Industrial Systems Engineering for a Cookies and Conversation event to welcome back to campus, welcome to new folks and a celebration of completing the first week of school.  

College of Engineering Block Party, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Dean Ayanna Howard chats with a group of three female Engineering students in the Knowlton courtyard

It's a Block Party to welcome College of Engineering and Knowlton School students! Come and enjoy food, music, and fun while learning more about engineering student services and programs. You can talk to engineering staff and student groups regarding scholarships, advising, student organizations, project teams, research opportunities, career services, meet the Embedded Counselors, and the Advancement and Alumni Office and much more! 

Students mix and mingle at the 2021 Welcome Back Block Party in the courtyard in front of Knowlton.

Engineering Advancement: What does it mean to be part of Buckeye Nation? As a student, how can I network with alumni? Stop by the Engineering Advancement Info Table at the Welcome Back party for some giveaways, some fun, and a peek at what life after graduation is like.

Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion: The Office of Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion is here to support and empower students  by providing and connecting them with resources for success! Come join us to connect with our DOI Staff & Student Organizations, join our raffle to win cool prizes, get some DOI swag, and learn about our office!

Global Engineering and Humanitarian Engineering Programs: Are you interested in adding a global, humanitarian, or service component to your OSU engineering experience? Want to learn how you can develop a global perspective, engage with communities, learn through service and/or use your technical skills to advance humanity? If you said yes to any of these, consider stopping by to learn about Global Engineering, Study Abroad opportunities in engineering, the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Program and the Humanitarian Engineering Minor.

Engineering students wait in line to get free swag and to take a photo with Dean Ayanna Howard during the 2021 Welcome Back party in Knowlton courtyard

K12 Outreach: Are you a “Homegrown Engineer”? Well, if you graduated from an Ohio High School – we think you are!  If you are interested in joining a team of current OSU students who are alumni from your former high school to go back and relate your engineering experiences, drop by the Hometown Ambassadors table and sign up! 

Engineering Career Services: Looking for an internship? Full time job? ECS is here for you! We can help you with all your job search goals and look forward to working with you!

Engineering Advising: The Engineering Academic Success & Engagement (EASE) is dedicated to providing students with the information and resources related to your academic experience in the College of Engineering. We look forward to working with you!

Graduate Education: Graduate students can learn, discover and innovate across a broad range of applications and scientific disciplines. As one of the world’s most comprehensive public research universities, Ohio State boasts a vast infrastructure and concentrated resources to support graduate education and research at the highest level. Come see us to learn more. 

Saturday, August 27

Participants from the 2021 Don Scott Trot 5k pose in O-H-I-O formation in front of a plane at The Ohio State University Airport
  • 8:00 a.m. Don Scott Trot - 5K on the Runway: (Location: OSU Airport) The Don Scott Trot: 5K on the Runway is a signature event at The Ohio State University Airport. Participants enjoy the annual opportunity to be on grounds typically reserved for aircraft. This special event fosters awareness, unity and community pride in the airport. Free parking will be on-site at the airport. Registration & a sign-up  fee are required for this event.
  • 9:00 a.m. Aerospace Research Center Tour: (Location: Aerospace Research Center on Godown Road) (Registration is required) The Aerospace Research Center (ARC) leads interdisciplinary research focused on aerospace technology, and fosters outstanding graduate and undergraduate student education. The center’s cutting-edge experimental facilities and computational capabilities have supported groundbreaking discoveries that are now fueling some of industry’s latest improvements.
  • 10:00 a.m. Ohio State University Airport Tour: (Location: OSU Airport) (Registration is required) Discover more about Ohio State’s aviation history on our centerpiece timeline wall, take in the buzz of activity from our comfy observation deck, explore unique aviation artwork in our gallery, be inspired by our vintage Piper Cub J-3, snap a photo with Barnstormer Brutus Buckeye and enjoy free coffee and tea in our vibrant, new terminal. During the tour you will meet current aviation students and view the Flight Education student lobby.  Enjoy a free smoothie after your tour! 

Monday, August 29

  • 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Knowlton School Open House: (Location: Knowlton Center Space) All College of Engineering students are invited to join Knowlton for snacks, giveaways and self-guided tours of the award-winning building.
  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Open House - Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering: (Location: Ag Engineering Courtyard/ 590 Woody Hayes Drive)  FABE Open House will host a number of activities outside in our covered courtyard at the Agricultural Engineering Building located on mid-west campus (just across the river)! Join us for food, equipment demos, undergrad research info, student org info and more!

Tuesday, August 30

  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Open House - Electrical and Computer Engineering: (Location: Dreese Labs 260) Join ECE for our Open House! Have a snack, grab some giveaways, and learn about the various student organizations, clubs, and teams you can become involved in as an ECE student. You'll also be able to visit a few of our lab spaces and grab some program information.
  • 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Student Portrait Headshots Compliments of Engineering Technology Services: (Location: Knowlton 446) ETS has a studio for recording (both video and audio), photography, etc. in Knowlton on the 4th floor. Portrait headshots can be used by students for LinkedIn, web sites, etc. to promote their skills and academic/research activities.  No appointments needed but come ready for the professional headshot! 
  • 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Materials Science and Engineering & Welding Engineering: (Location: 1155 Fontana Labs) Enjoy scarlet and grey rice Krispie treats and participate in mechanical testing experiments and numerous Materials Science Engineering and Welding Engineering demonstrations.

Wednesday, August 31

  • 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Dean Howard's Ice Cream Social:  (Location:  Magee Family Plaza (Patio between CBEC and Fontana) Dean Ayanna Howard looks forward to welcoming our Engineering and Knowlton students back to campus. So come and meet Dean Howard and other college leaders and get a Graeter’s ice cream sandwich or sorbet! 
  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Dine In with Donuts and Chemical Biomolecular Engineering: (Location: CBEC Lobby) Join us to meet with CBE faculty, academic advisors, and student org leaders to learn about the many opportunities available to students within the department. Enjoy a hot cup-o-joe and some tasty treats as you dive into student life in CBE!
  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Open House - Engineering Education: (Location: Hitchcock Lobby) Come visit the EED Open House to learn about KEEN, Silt (with games and prizes), Graduate Students and IBE members at this event to share information. We will also have swag and food for everyone who visits.
  • 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Student Portrait Headshots Compliments of Engineering Technology Services: (Location: Knowlton 446) ETS has a studio for recording (both video and audio), photography, etc. in Knowlton on the 4th floor. Portrait headshots can be used by students for LinkedIn, web sites, etc. to promote their skills and academic/research activities. No appointments needed but come ready for your professional headshot! 
  • 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Computer Science and Engineering: (Location: Dreese Lobby area/courtyard, weather permitting) Stop by CSE for our Open House! Have some food, play some video games, learn about CSE student organizations and grab some giveaways! You'll also be able to talk with faculty and grab some program information.

September 1

  • 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Transportation Research Center Tour: (Location: East Liberty, Ohio) (Registration is required) Space is limited to 56 seats. TRC Inc. is a stand-alone not-for-profit governed by The Ohio State University and operates the largest independent vehicle test facility and proving grounds in the U.S. on approximately 4,500 acres of land in East Liberty, Ohio. Its connection to the College of Engineering dates back to 1962, when the college established the facility to coordinate and encourage transportation-related academic and research programs.

September 6 - September 9

  • Engineering Career Week: Career week will prepare rising juniors, graduating seniors, and graduate students with the professional skills necessary for a successful full-time search. It is strategically placed prior to E-Council Engineering Expo (September 20 & 21), allowing participating students to engage early with hiring employers through a variety of events. Visit Career Services for more information.

Wednesday, September 14

  • 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Engineers' Council Activity Fair: (Location: Knowlton Patio) The Engineers' Council is proud to present the annual ECouncil Activity Fair. Meet with representatives from different student organizations in engineering and KSA. Those student organizations wishing to host a table must register in advance. Registration will open August 25,  Click here for registration.

September 20 - September 21

  • Engineers' Council Expo Career Fair: Engineers' Council will host the 2022 E-Council Engineering Expo career fair on two days this fall... one virtually meaning no standing in lines and one in-person day for face-to-face networking! We know autumn schedules fill quickly, so make your plans to attend both days. Visit Career Services for more information.  

September 22

  • 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Construction, Civil & Environmental Engineering Career Fair: Join us for the first annual Construction, Civil & Environmental Engineering Career Fair! The fair, co-hosted by Engineering Career Services and the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences Career Development Office, has been strategically placed during the ECouncil Engineering Expo week. Employers registered for this fair are recruiting specifically for Civil or Environmental Engineering.  For more information visit Career Services

September 26 - September 30

College of Engineering Panel Discussion on Successful People after Recovery: Date and time is TBA. September is Ohio State Recovery Month. A month filled with various activities relating to many forms of recovery. For the College of Engineering a fireside chat will focus on successful people who deal with mental health problems, addiction and recovery. Panelist will include faculty and other professionals. Planning for this event is still developing and will occur during the week of September 26. More information will be shared as soon as all details are finalized. Contact for this event is sampson.38@osu.edu

*Check back for event updates.