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  • Gain direct experience in conducting relevant research within your field of study — a unique opportunity for undergraduate engineering students.
  • ONU’s engineering program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate engineering students to gain direct experience in conducting relevant research within their fields of study. These experiences are critical for our students' exposure to the full breadth of engineering development and discovery. We give you excellent preparation for your future employment or future graduate studies.

    At large engineering universities, direct participation in research is typically reserved for graduate students only. At ONU, we focus on the highest quality undergraduate engineering experience and offer a wide variety of opportunities.

    Baja SAE® Series consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and sometimes even water. The object of the competition is to provide ONU’s SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Students must function as a team — not only to design, build, test, promote and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.

    National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): We provide support and guidance for our students to apply to participate in this program. The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways as part of ongoing research programs. They participate in either REU Sites or REU Supplements. Participating students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent U.S. residents.

    Ongoing research programs with private industry: Our department participates in industry research on a variety of topics, including additive manufacturing, Radio Frequency Identification, electronics embedding, total life cycle management, robotics and materials science.