WJU Upholds Opportunities For Engineering Students


Staff Writer

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University had its first graduates this year in the engineering science degree program. There are currently 30 students enrolled in the four classes offered for the program. The school is looking to double the number of students for this degree.

The class sizes are less than10 students per class and dean of WJU’s School of Business and Technology, RobertYahn, stated that even when the classes double in size, students will still have extensive access to their professor.

“I describe the engineering science degree as a little bit of electrical, mechanical, chemical and industrial. We don’t do a deep dive into just one type of engineering. We do a nice over view of all those topics, which is becoming more popular,” said Yahn.

Yahn retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel after 30 years of service. He shortly thereafter was hired on at Wheeling Jesuit and has since focused heavily on growing the engineering department. Yahn also has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and technology managment.

He explained that the program was made possible two years ago when the university received funding of $500,000 to pay for all that goes into educating students in the engineering field. Jesuit offers fundamental engineering exams and disciplines in topics such as civil engineering, electrical engineering and mining engineering among others. The program has shown promise with its recent graduates who also received a scholarship when the degree first became available to students.

Matt Stewart, Ben Standiford, Brandon Wells, Kyle Ritz, Chuck Bowman and Kellen McMahon were the recipients of the $138,000 Tecnocap-sponsored scholarship. Most of these graduates now have jobs within their field at companies such as Honda, Parker Hennifin, and Tecnocap. Internships also are required for these students to progess through the program.

Some students have interned with Tecnocap, Wheeling Hospital, Main Street Bank and Kalkreuth Roofing. Most of these students have found careers after graduating in May.

Yahn went to these companies and managed to get the ball rolling for the students to intern at their companies.

“There are three students this year that are going to get about $15,000 a piece in scholarships. Paul Alt of Alt Architechure said he’d like to keep it within the valley and support the local area. The program at Wheeling Jesuit emphasizes engineering theory with practice, team work and affective communication skills. To learn more about scholarships and classes with the engineering science degree program at WJU, contact the director of undergraduate admissions, Sean Doyle, or Yahn at the university at 304-243-2000.


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