Outside of Class
When you are looking for a school, part of what you are looking for is the curriculum and you should certainly lay our curricula next to national standards and those of other schools you are considering. However, a lot of the learning that happens in college happens outside of the class room, so you are also looking for an engaged community of students and faculty who are exploring things outside of class. We have a number of strategies for creating a rich community in our department because that encourages our students to be involved in a wide variety of activities.
Our alumni have recognized this and generously donate to support giving every student two T-shirts: one for the department when they are freshmen and one for the program they are pursuing when they are juniors. Every Wednesday is t-shirt day so the whole campus knows who we are. In addition, our students have t-shirts for extracurricular activities.
Programming Team: A fun way to improve your programming skills is to participate in programming competitions.
WIFI: Women in Computer Science & Engineering is a club dedicated to bringing women together in order to assist them in furthering their skills and knowledge.
Software Engineering Club: A group of students who pick out a project to work on each semester. Then they plan and execute the project during that semester. Past projects have been entered into (and won) D2L’s national competition.
Game Dev Club: A student organization that allows students of all majors to participate in the design and development process of video game creation. Has taken students to video game conventions on multiple occasions to present their games as an indie game studio.
Networking Club: Our networking club plays with a variety of networking topics. They play with our software controlled radios and networking protocols. This year, they are working on activities targeted at passing Cisco's CCENT certification.
BAJA SAE Club: An automotive engineering focused group that designs and builds a single-seat, all-terrain vehicle for competitions.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society: The premiere international honor society for computer sciences. Students need to have a 3.5 or higher GPA and 60 credits to be eligible.
Our BAJA student club attended the SAE BAJA competition this fall in Nashport, OH. It was been an inspiring experience as they represented Shippensburg University for the first time in this international event! This would not have been possible without support from the Foundation, Volvo, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering. The students worked hard on this project, working relentlessly during the summer to finish the construction of the buggy on time.
During the competition, the team got to interact with teams from other colleges from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The students got to learn from other teams and their different design ideas for the next competition in Summer 2024, which will be held in Williamsport, PA. This continuous improvement mindset will help the Shippensburg BAJA Team's success in future competitions, which also contributed to enhancing the students’ learning experience.
From Left to Right: Dr. Dias (Team Advisor), Dan Diehl (Chassis Leader), Alex Black (Team Captain), James Rettew (Throttle & Brakes Leader), Marc DiPiano (Sitting Down - Drivetrain Leader), Moses Kimotho (Suspensions Leader), Ewan Moore (Treasurer/Steering System Leader)