The College of Engineering has a strong tradition and an enduring commitment to the success of its students, in and beyond the classroom. UA Engineering students gain practical experience through:

  • the Cooperative Education Program,
  • competitive student design teams, and
  • student organizations.

We also offer support and development for students through programs such as Women In Engineering and IDEAs. This is all part of our comprehensive focus to help ensure that at commencement, our students will be well prepared to meet the demands of employers.

Beyond the classroom

As a engineering student, you would have the option of participate in Society of Automotive Engineers-sponsored competitions.

College of Engineering-Alternative Spring Break 2017

Tours are offered March 27, 2017 through March 31, 2017

REGISTRATION DEADLINE March 6, 2017 or until tour is full

Tours Schedule

Registration [w/ payment by Credit Card]

Transportation Form

College of Engineering at The University of Akron is pleased to invite students to participate in this first annual Alternative Spring Break opportunity.  During spring break, engineering students will be able to tour over 28 different companies throughout the week. To see which tours have been scheduled, click the Tours Schedule link above. 

How to sign up for a tour:

  • Tours are geared towards Freshman and Sophomores and Seniors who have not received a full-time offer of employment. All majors are invited to participate.
  • Read the tour schedule. Tours are offered every day of the week for most majors.
  • Tours that are designated as “A” tours are offered on Monday, “B” tours are offered on Tuesday, “C” tours are offered on Wednesday, “D” tours are offered on Thursday and “E” tours are offered on Fridays. It is possible to go on more than one tour in the day.  The start and return times can be found in the schedule and you may find that more than one tour will fit into your schedule.
  • As you create your tour schedule, make sure that you double check dates and times for each tour to make sure that they fit together.
  • Understand the dress code required and verify that you can comply.
  • The tour schedule indicates which majors are most considered for co-op and full time positions at the company. Certain companies have a preference for certain majors.
  • Click on the Registration and payment link to register for dates and times. Tours are coded to correspond to the schedule provided.
  • Once you have registered, you will receive a receipt that will indicate the tours that you have selected.
  • No refund will be given, once you have signed up for a tour so make sure that the dates and times that you pick fit into the schedule.
  • A transportation form is required from all students prior to their travel. You must send the completed form to before March 21st, 2017 to be eligible to attend.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, a few companies are not available to tour.  Pay attention to the notes in the schedule to this regard and avoid signing up for those tours.   The cost to student for each company visit will vary depending on the number of tours offered.  Some tours include lunch but not all tours will offer one.  Read the schedule carefully to determine which tours will have lunches.

High School Summer Research Academy

For the 5th year, the UA College of Engineering will offer the High School Summer Research Academy.  During this 8 week program, rising High School Junior and Senior Students will be partnered with UA College of Engineering professors to work on collegiate level research projects.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore the field of Engineering, gain hands-on research experience, attend weekly professional development workshops, and earn a paycheck for their work.  Admission to the program is competitive.  Applications are due Friday, April 14, 2017.

Student Support and Development

The University of Akron is committed to encouraging all students with intellectual capability and an interest in mathematics and science to pursue their dreams, attend college, and productively contribute to an increasingly technological society. We offer programs such as

to help all students reach their goals.

Cooperative Education

There is merit in the saying “experience is the best teacher.” Through our Cooperative Education Program, we incorporate practical work experience into the curriculum, enabling enables the student to integrate classroom instruction with practical and valuable on-the-job work experience. At the end of approximately five years, the co-op student is usually ahead of the traditional student in that he/she has a degree and also has accumulated 12 or more months of work experience in the field.

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Student Design Teams

UA's highly regarded student design teams allow senior-level students to apply classroom theory to a major design project. Past projects have ranged from aircraft to supermileage cars to bridge design, and very often the teams compete against teams from other colleges. Our design teams consistently rank highly in national and international competitions.

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Student Design Team and Organization Leadership

If you would like to join one of these groups or would like additional information, please contact the appropriate student leaders listed in the PDF below.  

Student Leadership Contact Information

Student Organizations

You have a number of engineering-focused student organizations to choose from, plus 200 more campus-wide.

Professional Societies

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
Biomedical Engineers Society


NACE Student Chapter

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Multidisciplinary Organizations

Engineers without Borders
Engineers Without Borders
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Automotive Engineers
Society of Women Engineers

Service Design Team

Engineering Service Design Team

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Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society