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Engineering students test a device that monitors brain waves

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Student Research

College is for learning, getting involved, gaining experience—not for sitting around and waiting. What makes St. Thomas unique is that our undergraduates and graduates get the opportunity to do hands-on research from the start. You will be able to go beyond the textbooks almost immediately and start asking questions and then answering them through an academic process of research and discovery.

St. Thomas engineering students dive into both independent research (work they’ll self-start and do primarily on their own) and directed research—work that’s done on behalf of a company or government agency that came to the university with a problem to solve.

This experience isn’t uncommon. You will find many of our students engaging in projects during their time in the school of engineering.

Lindsey Bollig inspects her project

Using 3D Printers to Design a Better Transformer

Engineering Research

Watch one of our Mechanical Engineering students, Lindsey Bollig, work on designing a better transformer using a 3D printer and magnetic composite material.

student smiles at console with professor by her side

Meet the Student Researchers at the Center for Microgrid Research

St. Thomas students are hard at work developing technology that will shape the evolution of energy in the face of climate change.

Microgrid student researchers