Nhu Phan of Vietnam chose to major in computer engineering after discovering her passion for science, math, and physics while growing up. It eventually led her to study at Miami University of Ohio College of Engineering and Computing (CEC).
Here, she joined other students who are working directly with professors in their research laboratories from as early as their first year of school. At CEC, computer and engineering majors not only learn the protocols of working in laboratories but conduct and take the lead in directing research experiments — all guided by professors who are experts in their fields. “The professors are really nice. I enjoy that I can work on specific projects,” says Nhu Phan.
Soon, she’s set to become a Miami University CEC graduate — someone who is ready for their career and to improve the world around them.
“Right now, I am working with Dr. Mark Scott on developing a specialized flashlight for police officers,” she says. “I am attaching a strobing tool by programming a micro-controller. I am also working with Dr. Peter Jamieson and Dr. Bryan Van Scoy on a specialized sensor to help robots sense the environment around them.”
Such is the impact of CEC’s Engaged Learning approach. As many as 2,800 students participate in funded research alongside faculty who inspire, encourage, and push them to forge their own paths. These dedicated faculty, serving as mentors, guide them as they pursue patents, develop a research grant proposal through the Undergraduate Research Award Program, and publish scholarly articles, among many others.
Nick Kaplan, a 2022 graduate from Miami’s 4+1 Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program, is also a published scholar. Kaplan worked in the lab with his faculty mentor, Andrew Jones, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering. Kaplan was the second author of their publication in the journal Metabolic Engineering titled, “In vivo production of psilocybin in E. coli.” Kaplan recently received the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship award and will go on to pursue a doctorate.
That’s not all. CEC students achieve more beyond publishing papers and winning awards. Through the research opportunities, Phan could work with professionals in her field of study, form meaningful relationships with people through the research process, and apply her theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.
In small classes with a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, she’s gaining the technical skills to improve societies, accelerate the social benefits of technological innovation, and understand how to reinvent ourselves in a rapidly changing world. Beyond the classroom, she’s preparing to seamlessly transition into the real world via access to local industry leaders like Procter & Gamble, GE Aviation, and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
In short, she’s preparing for success in the corporate world, niche businesses, and other specialized industries.
Phan will achieve this while working toward both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years through Miami’s Master’s 4+1 Program — a feat that wouldn’t have been possible without her professors. “I never thought I would do something like this, but after talking with my professors, they encouraged me,” she says. “I am now thinking about pursuing a doctorate degree.”
The “Miami made” edge
Located in southwestern Ohio, the university is near the Cincinnati Metropolitan area that is home to the headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies — the ideal base for CEC students to find their purpose and prepare for a lifetime of success.
CEC graduates attract the attention of reputable employers here for good reasons. Its engineering program ranks among the US’s top 20 national public universities. In addition, the university is ranked among the top 50 national public universities by US News and World Report.
Then there’s their graduates’ track record. As many as 99% of CEC students are employed or in graduate school six months after graduation with an average starting salary of US$71,340.
Phan is next in line — and it all started with her decision to study in the United States —a perfect place to further her knowledge and practice speaking English.
Miami University fulfilled all her personal needs as a computer engineering student too – the right major, great facilities, a variety of scholarship awards for international students and a vibrant student city with an intimate feel.
Pathways to computer science and engineering careers for undergraduate students at CEC include majors in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management, software engineering, robotics engineering, manufacturing engineering, and mechanical engineering. For graduate students, there are Master of Science programs for Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
So, what are you waiting for? Click here to begin your journey to engineering and computer science mastery at Miami University.