Community

Equally important to your academic and research work at Oregon State, you will find many opportunities to engage with your fellow students from all engineering majors.

Once you're here, you will find a resource-rich environment that encourages you to combine your studies in engineering with opportunities like the Honors College or study abroad programs.

From your first moments as an undergraduate, you’ll enter orientation and the START program where you will learn about campus and college resources.

If you are interested in speaking with an engineering undergraduate student before you apply, there are many student ambassadors who will speak with you about the Oregon State experience.

Research Success

Samantha Holman ('19 B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering) took advantage of being at Oregon State by getting involved in research. She pursued her passion for renewable energy by working on a project with Professor Ted Brekken.

Oregon State Engineering undergraduate

Rachel Yonamine
Civil Engineering

When Rachel Yonamine arrived on campus, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to major in, but her desire to do service work in a developing country led her to join Engineers Without Borders.

engineering undergraduate student

Robyn Wells
Mechanical Engineering

Next time you cheer on the Oregon State marching band as it lays down one of its precise, dynamic halftime drills, try to spot Robyn Wells.

undergraduate engineering student

Delphine LeBrun Colon
Mechanical Engineering

Delphine wasted no time engaging in leadership opportunities at Oregon State. She became the vice president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics chapter at OSU.

Opportunity

Oregon State has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. This includes the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation — the classification reserved for universities with “very high research activity.”

Even as an undergraduate, you’ll have opportunities to make contributions to faculty and graduate students’ research projects. You may also develop and pursue your own research, get funding and even publish before you graduate.

As one of our undergraduate students, you will have the opportunity to present your research in the annual Undergraduate Engineering Expo. There are also numerous presentations and symposiums within each college throughout the academic year.

Team Competitions

Students, faculty, and industry partners share their experiences in the annual Associated Schools of Construction student competition.

undergraduate engineering student

Lauren Lippman
Chemical Engineering

After her first year on campus, Lippman was selected to participate in the Johnson Internship program, which provides research and mentoring opportunities undergraduate students.

undergraduate engineering student

Kyzer Gerez
Nuclear Engineering

Gerez says he has been set on a career in nuclear engineering ever since he was in grade school in Philadelphia. Camille Palmer, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering, offered him an opportunity to get involved.

undergraduate engineering student

Susmita Padala
Computer Science

The ultimate aim of Padala's research is to improve open-source tools and infrastructure to be more inclusive of different problem-solving styles.

A Greater Story with the Support of Alumni

Alumni regularly give back to our undergraduate programs, supporting academic and research projects. As a first-year student, Nick McComb followed his passion for electronics by joining the OSU Robotics Club. As a senior he led a team that won an international Mars rover competition.

Nick Clark
('97 B.S., Civil Engineering)

Over 30,000 engineering alumni have gone on to serve as leaders in government, industry, and academia. Of all the things he learned at Oregon State, Clark said learning how to work as part of a team was one of the most important.

Ben Nader
(’07 B.S., Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

“I really recommend to do the MECOP program or any other internship opportunities to compliment the school and academics.”

Patricia Walsh
(’06 B.S., Computer Science)

“I had a lot of support here and there’s no way I would’ve made it through this program had I not had support from faculty and their belief that I could make it through.”

Marchall Adrian
(’11 B.S., Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

“Especially when you come from farther away and you’re not familiar with the area. I just feel like the biggest thing that stands out is people actually cared more.”