Engineering Studies offers students throughout campus a range of research experiences from faculty-directed work in each professor’s field of expertise to student-driven research for honors theses. Examples of past research projects include exploration of various infrastructure components such as a vegetable washing station, greenhouse, and hoop houses at LaFarm (the Lafayette College farm), new water systems in developing countries, investigation of the cost-effectiveness of solar energy to produce fuel, and collaboration with the Art Department on new features for a local arts trail.
Faculty-directed research enables close collaboration with dedicated teacher-scholars in their area of specialization. Students may apply for College-sponsored research with Engineering Studies faculty.
EGRS students writing an honors thesis may draw on specialists throughout the College to pursue an individual passion. These intensive projects take many forms, from laboratory experiments to historical research projects to creative artistic endeavors.