Destination UE

Community Atmosphere with an Open Door Policy

“I can approach most of the mechanical engineering faculty with questions or concerns”

Jessa Ward

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Community Atmosphere

Jessa chose to come to the University of Evansville for a few reasons. The first was the community atmosphere on UE’s small campus. That it was close to home was a bonus for Jessa. Another reason she chose UE is for the prestigious engineering program. The program’s national reputation for high quality, hands-on educational opportunities sealed the deal.

Projects that Challenge Students

As an engineer, Jessa has been involved in several projects that have given her valuable learning experiences outside of the classroom. These projects have provided an opportunity for community outreach with the Aquatic Wheelchair Project and her senior project, the Three-Wheeled Bike. Working on the Baja Vehicle let her more fully see how UE compares to other universities when they competed at the Society of Automotive Engineers Competition.

Jessa is also involved in the Student Christian Fellowship and is an Orientation Leader. “Being involved in these organizations outside of the engineering school have helped me develop a more full education and make friends from all over campus,” she said.

Open Door Policy

It’s no joke that professors at UE always have their doors open, welcoming students to have conversations about class work or life. “I can approach most of the mechanical engineering faculty with questions or concerns,” Jessa said. In particular, her faculty advisor, Douglas Stamps, professor of mechanical engineering, has shown that he truly enjoys helping students learn, which aids in motivating them to want to learn more. Dana Clayton, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, has also made a positive difference in Jessa’s life, having worked closely with her as an Orientation Leader.

A Comfortable Environment

Jessa’s advice to students looking for a place to call their home away from home is “Choose the place that has a prestigious academic program, but that also provides you with a feeling of home. You will be spending a significant amount of time there, with academics being the primary focus, but you want to learn in an environment that you enjoy and are comfortable in.”

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