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Department of Engineering
The Department of Engineering at Otterbein University is the home for two academic programs: Engineering and Computer Science. The Engineering program offers the B.S. degree in Systems Engineering, and the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Computer Science program offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Computer Science.
Both of our engineering programs take an integrated approach that combines fundamental aspects of mechanical, electrical, systems and automation knowledge and applications with a liberal arts foundation. Starting their first semester, our majors engage in team-based experiences and projects in courses and labs that focus on clearly defining, analyzing, and generating viable alternative solutions to real-life engineering problems. Our faculty make students their priority and are committed to mentor Engineering students academically, and with professional development opportunities such as internships, and career opportunities in engineering.
Our program prepares students to be software developers with careers ranging from mobile app or web development to data science, computer security, and more. Together with the critical thinking skills and ethical framework of a liberal education, our majors master several programming languages and learn to keep up with new technologies as they emerge. Many of our faculty are industry practitioners who can share the latest advances in the field, help students wrestle with the challenges of software development, and connect majors with internships and other professional development opportunities.
Student, Faculty, & Alumni Spotlights
I chose to study engineering at Otterbein because of the hands-on experience and individual instruction I knew I would receive at a small school. The Point also provides an incredible learning space and the faculty are very helpful.
Maria Herron ’21
Systems Engineering major
Otterbein has been my second home and the Engineering Department has provided me with the knowledge, tools and experiences needed to be successful after graduation. The size of the department allows for small class sizes with hands-on learning and access to professors who truly want to help you succeed.
Abby Zerkle ’21
Systems Engineering major
I chose to study Mechanical Engineering at Otterbein because of my interest in design and mathematics, as well as the opportunity to take classes at The Point. The Engineering faculty created a welcoming environment and I felt at home from the first day.
Luke Barber ’21
Mechanical Engineering major
Dr. Wittman and Professor David Stucki shaped my academic experience by guiding me through many computer science courses. Having people that you can rely on for advice is vital not only for academic success but also for emotional well-being. The value of relationships and mentoring at Otterbein is highly important.
Luis Garcia Soriano, ’23
Computer Science major
Dr. Moore and Professor Stucki showed me what it looks like to not be just a good professor, but to be a great professor — one that truly cares about students and all aspects of their wellbeing. They have inspired me to pursue a career of teaching as a professor.
Julia VanLandingham, ’21
Computer Science major
Engineers use their knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and industrial systems to design, test, or produce cost-effective and user-friendly products. A strong foundation in mathematics, physics, and various technological platforms are necessary to be successful in the field.
Computer scientists solve problems with programs. Although they must be aware of the hardware underlying these solutions, they specialize in developing software and manipulating data. The field centers on logical thinking and problem solving.
The Otterbein engineering program is a unique program. It consists of a great faculty who will always strive to help you achieve your goals. Its most important asset is the knowledge that you leave with. The program produces well-rounded engineers who have the choice to excel in the field of their choice
Dassan Jefferson ’19
Some of the best experiences I have had with faculty were during the Freshman design projects. This was a time we could work one on one with a project that was real world design experience. With my design experience from projects and education at Otterbein, I have been able to step into my internship and work well with coworkers and even lead projects.
— Trevor Deere, Mechanical Engineering major, Class of 2022
Our students are immersed in hands-on and project-based courses throughout their time at Otterbein. These experiences allow them to apply classroom concepts to real-world problems and prepare them for internships and their career after graduation. Please click here to see example student projects.
Working with United Skates of America was a great experience for all of us involved. As a professor, I get to educate students and share my passion for STEM every day. With this project, however, I got the chance to see my students inspire a younger audience with their knowledge and appreciation for STEM. And knowing that their knowledge and passion was something they learned here at Otterbein made it a truly inspirational experience.
Assistant Professor, Engineering
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Department Features & Student Opportunities
Students who are looking for financial support can apply to various scholarships specific to majors in Engineering, Computer Science, and other STEM fields.
Our facilities include modern classrooms, Manufacturing, Automation, Electrical, and Thermal Sciences labs, and a MakerSpace with a wood shop, metal shop, and rapid prototyping equipment.
Computer Science Facilities
Our labs, conveniently located on campus and at The Point, have all the computational resources you might need, including a dual-boot environment for Windows and Linux.
Join the Society of Women Engineers or the Computer Science Club to connect with your peers and professors, broaden your skills and interests, or just to play laser tag.
Students organize STEM outreach activities at local schools and use their design skills to create products for organizations in need, including the Otterbein Community Garden.
We work with Student Success & Career Development staff to connect majors with real-world, paid internships on campus and with corporate partners at The Point.
Engineering Department News
Otterbein Systems Engineering Program Earns Prestigious Accreditation
News - September 6, 2022Otterbein University’s systems engineering program has earned accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), an internationally recognized agency that accredits programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology offered by American universities. “We are proud that the B.S. in systems engineering program has reached this important milestone,” said Michael Hudoba, chair of the Department of Engineering and Computer Science. “Although the process to earn ABET accreditation was, and is, a…
Otterbein Receives Choose Ohio First Grant for Cardinal STEMM Scholars Program
News - April 6, 2021Otterbein University has received a Choose Ohio First (COF) grant from the State of Ohio and the Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to increase the number of Ohio residents completing postsecondary studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) and STEMM education. “Choose Ohio First provides an excellent opportunity for those students who stay in Ohio and continue their education to get the skills they need to succeed in promising career fields,” Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy…
Women Professionals in STEM Offer Advice to Otterbein Students
News - March 22, 2021Otterbein Student Success and Career Development recently brought together a panel of women in STEM careers to talk to Otterbein students about diversity in their fields. Moderated by Elena Caruthers, assistant professor of engineering, the panelists discussed their careers and challenges they have faced, and offered advice for the future STEM professionals. Otterbein is committed to increasing diversity in STEM fields through scholarships and support. Women are well-represented among the STEM faculty, and students have established supportive networks through Otterbein chapters of the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Science. Additionally, a recent National Science…
Programs of Study in Department
The Department of Engineering has partnered with some of the country’s largest and most respected companies, including Honda and Nestle PTC, as well as locally-based companies such as Worthington Industries and LakeShore Cryotronics to form an Industrial Advisory Board. Members of the board have advised the engineering faculty and administration in curriculum development and have provided students with connections to internships and professional engineering societies, including the International Society of Automation.
Studying in the Engineering Department at Otterbein taught me how to approach and solve problems in different ways. It was these principles that prepared me well for my internship and allowed me to be a confident, professional, contributing member.