Experiential Learning

Connecting the Classroom to the Real World

Our Experiential Learning Programs help students develop professionalism and a practical perspective by connecting the classroom to the real world.

The experiential learning continuum encourages students to “engineer today” in addition to attending class. Continuous, experiential learning enlarges students’ technical competence and prepares them for their future careers.

Programs

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Tinkering is the first step in the ELP continuum. Students pursue self-led, hands-on practice as a precursor to being involved in more significant activities.

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An engineering intramural is any problem-based extracurricular engineering activity that provides an authentic (i.e., “real-world”) learning experience for students.

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Many students obtain internships through their participation in the engineering intramurals program. Industry partners can identify qualified students, and students can be paid and/or receive academic credit.

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Interns and/or industry partners identify projects that form part of a capstone senior design (or graduate research) project, where multidisciplinary design teams work on semester-long design projects.

The Senior Design Expo provides students with a chance to present their work to a broad audience inclusive of fellow students, faculty and industry partners.

Other ways to engage with UB engineering students

Job Shadowing

Host students for a half-day shadowing experience.

Hackathons

Sponsor a hackathon-style project hosted by student engineering clubs.

Onsite Seminars

Host a seminar for students at your industry site.

Job Shadowing

Host students for a half-day shadowing experience.

Hackathons

Sponsor a hackathon-style project hosted by student engineering clubs.

Onsite Seminars

Host a seminar for students at your industry site.

Interested in hosting job shadowing, sponsoring a hackathon or holding an onsite seminar? Contact our Director of Experiential Learning, Andrew Olewnik.

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