Unlike most undergraduate engineering programs, Trinity offers its engineering majors the opportunity to gain signficant research experience while completing their Bachelor’s degrees. Motivated sophomores and juniors will find opportunities to assist faculty members with their research and to design and execute their own research projects. These projects often lead to the publishing of papers and/or student presentations at professional conferences such as the meetings of the IEEE Engineering and Medicine in Biology Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Connecticut Microelectronics and OptiCS Consortium, and the International Digital Signal Processing Conference. Student research has been funded by the NASA Connecticut Space Grant, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, among other sources. Research credits such as these – reserved for graduate students at most institutions – often distinguish Trinity engineering majors from others when applying to graduate schools or for jobs. In addition, seniors complete a year-long design curriculum culminating in their Senior Capstone Design Project.
Robot Study Team
Trinity College has a very active team of students who work together to build robotic devices of varied types and uses. These students participate in several robotic contests annually, some of which include the Trinity College Firefighting Home Robot Contest and the IGVC (Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition) contest at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Students learn to work together to design and build robotic units that serve a specific purpose and meet specific requirements.
The Trinity College Engineering Program derives substantial benefit from its location in the state capital. Its proximity to leading technological and biomedical facilities and educational institutions affords wide-ranging internship opportunities to all Engineering students. The following list is an example of some of the companies where our students completed engineering internships in recent years:
- Pratt and Whitney
- Northeast Utilities
- Mira Systems
- The Institute of Living
- United Technologies Corporation
- Texas Instruments
- Hartford Hospital
- The University of Connecticut Medical School
The Engineering Department sponsors a summer internship program which strives to find a placement for every Engineering major during the summer between the junior and senior year.