Suter Science Center: Support EMU’s New Engineering Labs

June 4th, 2018

Early success has created growing interest in EMU’s new engineering program. Fall 2018 numbers include approximately 30 students majoring in mechanical or computer engineering: A promising legacy beginning to make its mark.

New engineering labs in the Suter Science Center will provide an innovation hub “home” for this talented group of students and program co-directors Dr. Esther Tian and Dr. Danny King. Here’s a few program successes:

  • The Taguchi Method uses research and design to ensure quality control. Apply this to the optimization of paper airplanes, as did sophomore engineering students Austin Engle and Ben Stutzman; add in passion for one’s future profession and skills honed in project-based courses that undergird EMU’s engineering program; and you have the winners of the project division at the university’s inaugural Academic and Creative Excellence (ACE) Festival.
  • The duo beat out several other entries, including a tiltshift lens adapter, a robotic arm, a 360-degree wand, a solar-powered golf cart and a sound-sensitive light strip, all products of EMU’s 17 engineering majors (spring ’18) and the program’s hands-on curriculum.
  • Austin and Ben already represent a competitive tradition as members of an Engineers for the Sustainable World club team that took top honors among 61 other competitors in the first- and second-year undergraduate design team division at the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education’s Zone 2 Conference.
  • This spring, Ben and teammates Cameron Byer and Daniel Harder helped EMU to a first-place finish in the Kryptos cryptoanalysis team over 60 other teams from three countries.
  • The successful placement of three juniors and seniors into summer internships in three states is a strong sign of pre-professional preparation and vocational call. Ben is at a robotic food packaging plant in Pennsylvania, while Dylan Grove is with Venture Products in Orrville, Ohio (owned by the Steiner family, with many EMU alumni among them), and Ben Zook with a structural engineering company in Harrisonburg.

Please join the hundreds of EMU alumni and friends who have already provided more than $10.8 million of the $11.3 million goal for the Suter Science Center renovation campaign. Now is the time to bring this campaign to a successful completion!

Make a one-time gift – Visit or contact us at 540-432-4203.

Pledge your support – Consider a multi-year commitment. Contact Kirk Shisler, vice president for advancement, at 540-432-4203 or at You may also want to consider a gift of appreciated securities to leverage your impact for this campaign.