2024 Engineer Magazine


Our School of Engineering’s Centers of Excellence partner with industry and educators to advance skills development in technology with practical, hands-on training for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. We collaborate and form working partnerships in education and industry to support and advance STEM technology in the Twin Cities metro area and beyond.

CENTER FOR APPLIED AI Dr. Manjeet Rege, Director The Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING Dr. John Wentz, Director The Center for Advanced Manufacturing

CENTER FOR MICROGRID RESEARCH Dr. Mahmoud Kabalan, Director The Center for Microgrid Research CENTER FOR ENGINEERING EDUCATION Kelsey Irizarry, Director The Center for Engineering Education

School of Engineering faculty and students work on CNC equipment as part of the ACE program.



Kappes shared that he was able to connect with over 12 companies about the area of work he wants to pursue. “I had an interview lined up within 24 hours of the event,” he added. Representatives from companies like Boston Scientific were impressed by the engineering students. Myranda New, from Boston Scientific, attended the career fair for the first time. “I was absolutely amazed by the quality of students at St. Thomas! I understand now why we have a good handful of interns from St. Thomas, because your engineering school is next level.”

Over 200 undergraduate engineering students and 200 company representatives registered to attend the annual University of St. Thomas School of Engineering Reverse Career Fair. “The fair was a wonderful experience. Not only did it allow us as students to capture our qualities and share them with recruiters, but it gave us the opportunity to speak with many recruiters and companies that we might not otherwise get a chance to network with,” said Ryan Kappes, a third-year civil engineering major, who attended his first Meet the Engineers event this year.

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