Wake Forest graduates first class of liberal arts engineers

“The program has definitely shaped the engineering students to be problem solvers and critical thinkers and people who can communicate well, but also have an ethical backing,” said Prichard, who got hooked on engineering once she took the entry-level course. “I have also developed the skills that are necessary to work effectively on teams.”

To get students ready for real-world engineering practice, the program brought philosophers, entrepreneurs, historians and social scientists into labs and classrooms alongside engineering professors. One engineering course module for first-year students was co-led by engineering faculty and a Wake Forest history professor showcasing the impact of engineering on society from the Renaissance to modern-day engineering practice.

With more than $700,000 in grant funding from the Kern Family Foundation and additional funding from the Mellon Foundation, Wake Forest has developed initiatives to meet the need for socially conscious engineers…