Located in Morrison Hall

Engineering and Innovation

Innovation, right where you live. Some of the most powerful learning occurs when you are exposed to experiences that aren’t always in the curriculum. Connect with other serious students who are interested in technical disciplines like engineering, gaming, interactive media and mobile technology. Your access to resident faculty, advising sessions and weekly community meals will prepare you for the careers of the future. Let us help you engineer your future.

Why Should You Apply

EIRC prepares students for a career by exposing students to topics that are not always included in the formal curriculum, such as communication and presentation skills, along with teamwork. EIRC fosters an amazing academic environment for all students.

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Community Events

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Residents are able to participate in many experiences during their time living on campus both academic and social in nature such as Evening with a faculty, rafting trips, off-campus dinners, industry visits and many more fun adventures.

Curriculum

EIRC Classes provide students an opportunity to meet on a regular basis to support an active living and learning community. Together, participants will explore aspects of success in engineering through a series of academic, community service, and team building activities

Faculty

  • Krishna Pakala, Engineering, studio portrait

    Dr. Krishna Pakala

    Faculty in Residence, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Pakala teaches thermal and fluid science courses in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Pakala is serving in his fourth year as faculty-in-residence and thrives in working with freshmen to get them better connected to faculty in their majors as well as help them find internships, study abroad opportunities, and become better connected to the university as a whole. Dr. Pakala joins EIRC with his wife, Aparna, and one young son, Moukthik.

    Dr. Pakala teaches thermal and fluid science courses in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Pakala is serving in his fourth year as faculty-in-residence and thrives in working with freshmen to get them better connected to faculty in their majors as well as help them find internships, study abroad opportunities, and become better connected to the university as a whole. Dr. Pakala joins EIRC with his wife, Aparna, and one young son, Moukthik.

  • Lan Li 1, Material Science of Engineering, studio portrait

    Dr. Lan Li

    Faculty out of Residence, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

    This is Dr. Li’s second year as one of the Faculty Out-Of-Residence (FOR) for the Engineering & Innovation Living Learning Residential College. Her research focuses on Theoretical and Computational Materials Science: Develop multiscale modeling approaches to capture structure-property-performance relationships and design materials for desired device performance. Dr. Li is very interested in the area of development of materials-by-design for energy and electronic applications, such as thermoelectric materials and devices, electronic materials and devices. Dr. Li offers advice to our students to pursue internships, research, or explore the graduate school.

    This is Dr. Li’s second year as one of the Faculty Out-Of-Residence (FOR) for the Engineering & Innovation Living Learning Residential College. Her research focuses on Theoretical and Computational Materials Science: Develop multiscale modeling approaches to capture structure-property-performance relationships and design materials for desired device performance. Dr. Li is very interested in the area of development of materials-by-design for energy and electronic applications, such as thermoelectric materials and devices, electronic materials and devices. Dr. Li offers advice to our students to pursue internships, research, or explore the graduate school.

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    Dr. Kirsten Davis

    Faculty Out of Residence, Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management

    Dr. Davis teaches a variety of courses in the Construction Management department. Her research currently involves projects on improving engineering education and historic construction techniques. This is her first year as a Faculty Out-of-Residence (FOR) for the Engineering and Innovation Residential College. She enjoys working with students to accomplish their academic and career goals. In her free time, she likes to go whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, and traveling the world.

    Dr. Davis teaches a variety of courses in the Construction Management department. Her research currently involves projects on improving engineering education and historic construction techniques. This is her first year as a Faculty Out-of-Residence (FOR) for the Engineering and Innovation Residential College. She enjoys working with students to accomplish their academic and career goals. In her free time, she likes to go whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, and traveling the world.

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    Dr. Steve Swanson

    Distinguished Educator in Residence

    Dr. Swanson is a retired NASA Astronaut who worked as a systems engineer and a flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of NASA’s Johnson Space Center working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). Dr. Swanson completed over 6000 simulated Shuttle approaches. Dr. Swanson helps our students explore space, engage in space trivia and help our students connect with NASA.

    Dr. Swanson is a retired NASA Astronaut who worked as a systems engineer and a flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of NASA’s Johnson Space Center working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). Dr. Swanson completed over 6000 simulated Shuttle approaches. Dr. Swanson helps our students explore space, engage in space trivia and help our students connect with NASA.