Beyond the Classroom

The College of Engineering has a strong tradition and an enduring commitment to the success of its students, in and beyond the classroom. UA Engineering students gain practical experience through:
  • Cooperative Education Program
  • Competitive student design teams
  • Women in Engineering program 
  • IDEAS program 
  • Student organizations

The rich opportunities available with the University of Akron's College of Engineering is a part of our comprehensive focus to help ensure that at commencement, our students will be well prepared to meet the demands of employers.


University of Akron engineering student sits in a car designed by UA student engineers

As a engineering student, you would have the option of participate in Society of Automotive Engineers-sponsored competitions.

High School Summer Research Academy

For the fifth year, the UA College of Engineering will offer the High School Summer Research Academy. During this 8 week program, rising high school junior and seniors will be partnered with UA College of Engineering professors to work on collegiate level research projects. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the field of Engineering, gain hands-on research experience, attend weekly professional development workshops, and earn a paycheck for their work. Admission to the program is competitive.

Learn about the academy.

Student Support and Development

The University of Akron is committed to encouraging all students with intellectual capability and an interest in mathematics and science to pursue their dreams, attend college, and productively contribute to an increasingly technological society. We offer the following programs to help students reach their goals. 

Cooperative Education

There is merit in the saying “experience is the best teacher.” Through our Cooperative Education Program, we incorporate practical work experience into the curriculum, allowing the student to integrate classroom instruction with practical and valuable on-the-job work experience. At the end of approximately five years, the co-op student is usually ahead of the traditional student in that he/she has a degree and also has accumulated 12 or more months of work experience in the field.

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Student Design Teams

UA's highly regarded student design teams allow senior-level students to apply classroom theory to a major design project. Past projects have ranged from aircraft to supermileage cars to bridge design, and very often the teams compete against teams from other colleges. Our design teams consistently rank highly in national and international competitions.

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Student Leadership contact information