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Margaret Jean Abernathy Scholarship
Established by Dr. Lonnie Abernathy to support one or more outstanding sophomore students in Engineering Science, based entirely on academic achievement. If possible, the award goes to a National Merit Scholar.
Provided by Mr. and Mrs. David C. Swalm of Houston, Texas to support Trinity Engineering Science students who elect to take additional semesters to complete their program of study. The Swalms are the parents of a Trinity graduate who have expressed their appreciation for a Trinity education in their generosity in providing an endowment for this award.
The Engineering Science Department offers research opportunities in electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering to its students. Research projects can be multidisciplinary in nature, involving work by faculty and students across several engineering disciplines. Research opportunities outside the department also exist, in collaboration with faculty across the university. Students are supported in their research activities through faculty-sponsored grants and scholarships. Senior design projects can also lead to research projects sponsored by external agencies.
Office of Experiential Learning
Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. The Office of Experiential Learning provides a place for students to gain information about internships, community service and service-learning opportunities, beyond the classroom course projects, and undergraduate research opportunities.
Today, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational standard. Study abroad is an embodiment of the liberal arts ideals and a sign of the initiative and breadth often looked for by employers.
The engineering science department has identified several opportunities at international universities where students can take engineering classes combined with a variety of options for the common curriculum in order to fit a term abroad into the engineering major. This is most easily done in the junior year, although summer study is always an option.
Interested students should begin by attending a study abroad "First Steps" presentation. Once you have attended this introductory meeting, you will be able to make an advising appointment with one of the study abroad advisers to explore the opportunities available to you. Whenever possible, it is best to begin advising for a semester abroad approximately a year in advance.
- First Year Design Project: Standard Design project
- Sophomore Design Project: Service Learning. Students go to different community organizations and design objects or devices that will be used by members of the organization
- Junior Design Project: The first semester junior design project ( involves the design of a traffic light controller for a major intersection using FPGAs (Altera development tools). The second semester project emphasizes deconstruction of an appliance, analysis of the appliance's necessary design criteria, testing, and design improvement.
- Senior Design Project: Senior design groups undertake a year-long capstone design project in consultation with a faculty adviser. Students have the option of proposing their own senior design projects of working with faculty or industrial advisers on an existing proposal.
Summer internships with appropriate industries are strongly encouraged during the sophomore and junior years. The engineering Board of Advisers and engineering alumni play an instrumental role along with the faculty in the placement of student interns.
Companies offering internships have included:
- Valero Energy
- Bartlett Cocke
- Bay Shore Industrial
- Epic Aircraft
- RAN Technologies
- Helix Energy Solutions
- Southwest Research Institute
- Zachry Group
Trinity's engineering department encourages its students to participate in student, professional, and service organizations that strengthen their understanding of the engineering discipline and enhance their opportunities for work, networking and scholarship in the field.
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
The IEEE, through its members, provides leadership in areas ranging from aerospace, computers and communications to biomedical technology, electric power, and consumer electronics. For the latest research and innovations in the many diverse fields of electrical and electronics engineering, industry and individuals look to the IEEE.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 60,000 members from more than 110 countries. AIChE has the breadth of resources and expertise you need whether you are in core process industries or emerging areas, such as translational medicine.
Trinity Women in Science & Technology welcomes all students, staff, and faculty interested in the field of science and technology.
Society of Women Engineers
Trinity’s Society of Women Engineers Chapter has been recognized as one of the most outstanding collegiate chapters in the nation.
Student Awards and Recognition
Trinity engineering science students regularly enter their projects in local, national, and international design contests, and a number of those projects have been recognized for their quality and innovation.