Paul Orkwis, Co-Dean of JCI-CQU, hosts Seminar on JCI Student-Transition to the University of Cincinnati

By: Shannon Frohme

JCI-CQU Students Learn About Life at University of Cincinnati, Graduate School and Research

Paul Orkwis, PhD, speaks JCI students

Paul Orkwis, PhD, gives seminar to CHQ-JCI students about life at UC

Paul Orkwis, PhD and Department Head of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, preps JCI-CQU students about daily life at the University of Cincinnati including the vast amount student organizations and extracurricular activities, campus scenery and a little bit of American slang.

Orkwis offers JCI and graduate students social and academic advice for their transition period to UC’s campus. JCI-CQU Co-Deans Jin Chen, Zhiqing Zhang and Cong Huang were also in attendance.

In order to make a smooth and full acquisition into the University of Cincinnati, Orkwis suggests that students, “read more, take accurate in-class notes, consistently review those notes, and do not be afraid to actively ask questions and make full use of classroom time.”

Elaborating on the multitude of accommodations the campus offers students, Orkwis suggests, “always try your hardest to communicate in English and take advantage of the library and the 24/7 UCIT lab to study and utilize the Internet."

Orkwis also strongly recommends that students join one or more of the 400+ student organizations and/or extracurricular activities, including the NCAA Basketball tournament.

Orkwis, PhD, explains that the Masters of Engineering program offers a graduate degree that focuses on an individual's ability to contribute to the technical workforce.

Paul Orkwis, PhD

Paul Orkwis, PhD

Noting that the Master of Science degree is a research-based program, the MEng program is based on coursework and a capstone project, not requiring a thesis.

Unlike the Master of Science degree, a student obtaining the Master of Engineering degree will typically not matriculate into a PhD program. The difference is not on the rigor of the coursework or a lack of competencies, but rather on the focus of the curriculum.

The UC CEAS Graduate Studies offers PhD and Masters Programs in the following areas:

· Aerospace Engineering (AEEM)

· Biomedical Engineering (BME)

· Chemical Engineering (CHE)

· Civil Engineering (CE)

· Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) (CmpE)

· Electrical Engineering (EE)

· Environmental Science and Engineering (ENVS) (ENVE)

· Materials Science and Engineering (MTSC)

· Mechanical Engineering (ME)

· Metallurgical Engineering (METL)

Specialty focus areas, as described by Orkwis, include main electronic materials, biomedical, micro and nano-electromechanical systems, network security, big data analytics, embedded computing, maintenance additive manufacturing, intelligent systems, and also 3D printing which holds outstanding contributions in the field.

Wrapping up the lively atmosphere of the lecture, Orkwis teaches the students several American slang words and phrases to incorporate into their vocabulary. JCI students actively ask questions throughout the seminar and express keen interest in transitioning to the University of Cincinnati campus in upcoming years.