On November 14, 2012, Randolph-Macon College faculty approved a new Engineering Physics major and minor. This multidisciplinary field of study blends courses from engineering, physics and mathematics and will prepare students for graduate studies in engineering as well as employment in many technical and applied-science jobs.
Engineering has become a popular field of study. Although some students have identified Engineering as a potential career interest, many are unsure as to which engineering field to pursue. Studying Engineering Physics at R-MC can provide students with the background courses they need while giving them time to explore different engineering fields before deciding upon an area of concentration.
“The next generation of engineers must be able to communicate well, consider ethics and social responsibilities, and understand business from local, regional, national, and international perspectives as well as master their physics, engineering, and mathematics courses,” says Physics Department Chair Deonna Woolard. “This emphasis on the liberal arts combined with Engineering instruction makes Randolph-Macon College the perfect place to support Engineering Physics.”
Randolph-Macon's Engineering Physics majors will experience small class sizes, have research opportunities (through the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program), have hands-on learning experiences (through the college’s Bassett Internship Program and The Randolph-Macon Edge), and have one-on-one, personalized instruction.
“Rather than sit in a large lecture hall with hundreds of other people, Randolph-Macon Engineering Physics students will engage with faculty in small classes—our average class size is 16,” says President Robert R. Lindgren. “This is an excellent example of the opportunities that a Randolph-Macon College liberal arts education offers.”
Woolard earned her B.S. from Bethany College, West Virginia and her M.S. and Ph.D. from The College William and Mary. She joined the R-MC faculty in 1999. She is an active member of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing – Old Dominion Section, a group of engineers and technicians dedicated to monitoring the health of structures.