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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 with hands-on and project-based courses every year at 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.
News - December 11, 2020An Otterbein professor and two students spent fall semester working on a video series of virtual field trips to make STEM fun for a nationwide audience of children — and to make up for canceled school field trips during the pandemic. Michael Hudoba, Assistant Professor, Engineering As a doctorate student in 2013, Otterbein University Assistant Professor of Engineering Mike Hudoba was hired by United Skates of America to help develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lectures for elementary- and middle-school field trips to the skating rink. This provided Hudoba with a unique opportunity…
News - September 24, 2020STEM faculty at Otterbein University were recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM grant of $999,348 to support recruitment and retention of students from under-represented populations in STEM fields through Otterbein’s Cardinal Science Scholars (CSS) program. This five-year program will support two cohorts of 11 students each for four years of undergraduate education in STEM subjects — a total of 22 four-year scholarships for students majoring in biology, environmental science, zoo and conservation science, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, engineering or physics. Associate Professor of Chemistry Brigitte Ramos leads the project team of professors including Joan Esson, professor of chemistry; David Sheridan, associate professor of biology and earth science; Meredith Meyer, associate professor of psychology; Elena Caruthers, assistant professor of engineering;…
News - January 2, 2020Otterbein University recently received a Choose Ohio First grant from the State of Ohio and the Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to support computer science and related fields. The grant of $272,661.48 will support a five-year program with the goal of helping to improve Ohio’s workforce development capacity to innovate and grow the economy. The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) grant program Choose Ohio First: Computer Science will be utilized to recruit students into Otterbein’s computer science program —…
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.