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The Picker Engineering Program combines the study of engineering with the humanities, the arts and the sciences. Our students strive to design solutions to the many challenges facing society in the 21st century.

News & Events

Engineering Forums

All forums are located in Ford Hall room 240 and are held from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, food will be served at these events, students are invited to bring their own beverage.

  • September 11, 2014 - Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam talk "Developing New Technologies for Global Women's Health".
  • Engineering Junior Year Abroad, October 2, 2014 presented by Prof. Judith Cardell.
  • Presentation of the Major. October 23, 2014 presented by Prof. Susan Voss.
  • October 30, 2014 - "An Innovative Automotive Philosophy Moving Forward", presented by Joe Savalle and Curt Briski, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Engineering Conversations - Considering Research, Internship, Career and Graduate School Opportunities, November 13, 2014 Presented by S. Voss and J. Bauer-Clapp
  • Books of Evidence Informational Session, January 29, 2015 Presented by Assistant Director Martin Green
  • Celebration of Seniors, February 5, 2015 Presented by Seniors and Engineering Faculty Members
  • February 11, 2015- Niveen Ismail talks "Improving Water Quality: Applications of Biofilters for Contaminant Removal" and "Engineers Making an Impact: Translating Classroom Knowledge into Action".
  • February 16, 2015- Kristen Dorsey talks "The Importance of Being Stable (if you're an air quality sensor)" and "Strong Safety Culture? A case study of the 2012 Chevron refinery fire".
  • February 23, 2015- Rebecca Pass presents "Evolving Optimally-Efficient Gas-Turbine Engines" and "The Minimalist's Guide to Engineering Education".
  • February 26, 2015-Impress the Interviewer presented by Jason Bauer-Clapp
  • March 4, 2015- “Commercial Drones in Our Backyards and Communities” presented by Paul Voss, Jon Caris, and Robert Newton. The forum will take place in John M. Greene Hall at 7 P.M, free and open to the public.
  • Presentation of the Majors, March 26, 2015, Presented by Prof. Susan Voss 
  • April 2, 2015- A fresh Look at the Thermodynamics of Heat Engines presented by Yousif Haseli
  • April 9, 2015- Dr. Carlotta Berry presents “Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now: Reflections and Adventures in Engineering”.


Career Opportunities

Each month the Lazarus Center for Career Development publishes a Career Engineering Newsletter with opportunities for engineering students.

Engineering in the News

Smith College launched its Picker Engineering Program 15 years ago, promising to bring more women-who are educated in the liberal arts along with their technical training-into the male-dominated field. The Summer 2015 Smith Alumnae Quarterly features engineering alumnae who are delivering on that promise.


The influential National Science Foundation Faculty Career Development Program has awarded Caitlyn Butler, class of 2004, $500,000 to pursue her pioneering research on special "Algal-Sludge Granules," which cut electricity consumption in half, while also cleansing water.


Picker Engineering Faculty Member, Glenn Ellis, was named as a 2016 Semi-Finalist for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for great teaching. The Cherry Award program is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. (April 2015)


Smith 2004 alum Cara Stepp recieved a CAREER award from NSF to enable enhanced communication through human-machine-interfaces. The goal of her research is to develop new technology that will enable severely paralyzed individuals to communicate in a manner that is as fast and reliable as human speech. (March 2015)


News from the Kahn Institute: Drones in Our Backyards and Communities. Professor Paul Voss addresses the implications of new FAA rules on unmanned aircraft and potential local impact. (February 2015)


Professor Sarah J. Moore recieved the 2015 Faculty Teaching Award, an honor that represents distinguished teaching and an ability to connect with students, both in and outside the classroom. (February 2015)


Professor Sarah J. Moore was recently featured in Beta Pleated Chic, a website by and for women in science, engineering, and medicine. (October 2014)


Picker Engineering alumna Katie Wood ’10 appointed to Maine Manufacturing’s Dream Team. (October 2014)


Live event: MarsOne 10 Candidates 5 different continents Q&A session, Sunday September 7, 2014, Featuring Yari Rodriguez '10

Researchers decry limits on drones, Boston Globe. Professor Paul Voss (August 2014)

College Speaks up against tight drone regulations. Professor Paul Voss TV interview on Fox Business segment Countdown to the Closing Bell. (August 2014)

Engineering sophomore Anna Partridge named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Honorable Mention Scholar All-American for her effort in both the classroom and at the 2014 NCAA DIV III Diving Regional. (July 17, 2014)

Dr. Tomboulian Goes to Washington. Dr. Briana Tomboulian was chosen to serve as the 2014-15 ASME Congressional Fellow. (June 2014)

Hot off the press, Professor Susannah Howe feature in IEEE Pulse article "Faculty Internships for Capstone Design Instructors". (June 16, 2014)

Campus School Sixth-Graders Test New Engineering Software, project "Through My Window" created by Professor Glenn Ellis. (June 4, 2014)

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