Service Learning at the School of Engineering

One of the values of the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas is:

There is an ethical responsibility to improve the quality of life through the comprehensive application of engineering.


One of the ways to turn this into action is via Service Learning, wherein student engineers go into the community at large and apply their skills and knowledge to improve the quality of life.

One of the ways this is done is by annually offering opportunities in the ENGR 480 Senior Design course to develop products or processes either locally or abroad that accomplish this goal.

To read about what our students have done, see:

  • ENGR 480 - Senior Design Clinic - Communication Device for the Disabled (2005-2006) - Solar Powered Water Pasteurizer (2005-2006) - St. Paul, MN, Recreational trail usage (2006-2007)
  • Alternative Energy research in Moldova
  • International Service Learning in Mali and Haiti:

Experiential Learning at the School of Engineering

ME Too! Mechanical Engineering for Everyone

Mechanical Engineering holds the key to unlock the mysteries of our everyday world. The ME Too! Mechanical Engineering for Everyone web site at presents interesting, fun units that teach basic aspects of Mechanical Engineering. These units can be used independently or together to create an introductory course. The materials are created for non-engineering majors with a special focus on education students. The units can easily be adapted for other majors as well. Lab activities are also included. This web site documents a multi-faceted partnership involving the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine's Engineering, Psychology, and Education departments.