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Ferris State University - 2016

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

•The largest undergraduate surveying engineering program in the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S. The B.S. in Surveying Engineering is approved and recognized by the Michigan State Board of Licensing for Professional Surveyors.
•Accredited (B.S. Surveying Engineering) by The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (
•The Surveying Engineering Department has educated surveyors for the State of Michigan and the nation for more than forty years.
•Excellent job opportunities in the field or in the office.
•Diverse employment opportunities with large and small private surveying and mapping firms; federal, state and local governmental agencies nationwide.
•Comprehensive integrated curriculum including courses in field surveying, survey law, GPS, GIS, photogrammetry, geodesy, cartography, remote sensing, hydrology & hydraulics, soil mechanics, and other related courses.
•Integrated field surveying component that links surveying theory to field applications .
•State-of-the-art surveying equipment including the "Field To Finish" computerized systems, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and extensive mapping equipment.
•Active student organizations - The Burt and Mullet Student Chapter of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), and the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors, (MSPS); Mary Feindt Chapter Lambda Sigma (national surveying honor society).
•Over $20,000 in annual scholarships available for students.
•Admission requirements: High school diploma, prefer students with math and science aptitudes.
•Transfer options from other two and four year institutions (particularly to Surveying Engineering). Nearly 50% of students are transfers from other colleges and universities.


- In the spring and fall of 2016, approximately 350 K-12 students participated in Technology Engineering Aptitude events hosted by Ferris to learn about the numerous career opportunities available in engineering related degrees. As part of the curriculum, the students participated in a variety of activities such as designing hovercrafts, building catapults for a mini competition, creating “helmets” to protect eggs, and many engaged with a panel of female students from the College of Engineering Technology.
- In late April 2016, the College of Engineering Technology (CET) hosted its first annual Recognition Dinner to celebrate the women within the college. Students, faculty, and staff from across CET were invited to submit nominations for awards, and the following exceptional individuals received awards:
Outstanding Nontraditional Student Award: Quincee Denault
Nontraditional Student Rising Star Award: Megan Cramer
Nontraditional Student Community Service Award: Stacie Larson
Nontraditional Exceptional Support: Mr. Larry Langell
Outstanding Nontraditional Advocate: Ms. Suzanne Miller
- Kaylie Bohn, an outstanding student from the Industrial Electronics program was nominated and selected by the State of Michigan to receive a Breaking Traditions Merit award. Congratulations, Kaylie!
- Thanks to a grant awarded by the Michigan STEM Partnership and coordination by the local Math/Science/Technology Center at the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District, several area schools were able to learn coding and robotics through clubs at their schools. They were invited to participate in a competition at Ferris in February, 2016 and were challenged to code their robots to complete various tasks. Over 40% of the participants were females, and the first place team was comprised primarily of young women as well. Many student volunteers made the event possible too from the programs of Construction Management and HVACR and student organizations including the Mechanical Service Contractors of America and Women in Technology.
- On May 2, 2016, Professor Suzanne Miller and University Career Programs Specialist Leigha Compson were invited to a television interview at the WOOD TV 8 studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan to discuss opportunities for women in nontraditional fields.

~ At the October Board of Trustees meeting the renovation of the first floor of the five-story Swan Building was approved. The approved amount not to exceed $2.5 million includes renovating the entire first floor for Mechanical Engineering Technology, Energy Systems, Architecture, and Facilities Management. The plan is to start this renovation in late spring and have it completed by August 1, 2017. Some of our projects do not include any ongoing University dollars. For example, the Swan Annex renovation includes $22.5 million from the State for this one purpose, and we have a fundraising campaign underway for much of the rest of it. It will include a few one-time university funds. This project is a wonderful opportunity to greatly enhance programmatic spaces for Welding Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing with the University paying one fourth the cost. Welding also has a two year waiting list for students wanting to get into the program.
~ Sehi Computer Products donated 40 HP 8200 computers and flat screen monitors to the Heavy Equipment Center Computer Labs.
• Mary Garvelink, founder and president of Commercial Design Engineering, with offices in Colorado and Wyoming, was the first woman honored as the national HVACR person of the year and is an emeriti board member of The Ferris Foundation. Together with her husband, John, they created a scholarship and capital improvement fund for the HVACR program., page 4.
• Matt Nawrocki, founder and president of Vectors, with offices in Colorado and New Mexico, has an impressive record of helping others, and honored Professor Khagendra Thapa in his remarks. Together with his wife, Sara, a pharmacy alumna, they established the Nawrocki Gratitude Scholarship Endowment for Surveying
• The CAD Drafting and Tool Design program held two open house events to offer students the opportunity to learn more about the program. Over 60 students attended each event.
• The Lakeview Arena in Marquette, managed by Facility Management alum Andrew MacIver won the $150,000 grand prize in the Kraft Hockeyville USA competition
• A Recognition Banquet, the first annual celebration of the women in the College of Engineering Technology, was held at the University Center.

Ms. Debra Kimberling, fellow of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in California and Mechanical Engineer at Solar Turbines, will be conducting seminars for Ferris faculty, staff, and students on April 22. She has presented to nearly 3000 people nationwide as she is passionate about encouraging women to pursue and persist in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers.

Kem-Tec Companies established an annual scholarship for students in the Surveying Engineering Technology program.