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ver the past year, MCC's Engineering
ver the past year, MCC's Engineering
Science Transfer Program has been
Science Transfer Program has been
re-engineered.
re-engineered.
The associate in science degree program now
The associate in science degree program now
offers two tracks: a Mechanical Engineering track
offers two tracks: a Mechanical Engineering track
or a Civil/Environmental Engineering track. And
or a Civil/Environmental Engineering track. And
the curriculum aligns with the first two years of a
the curriculum aligns with the first two years of a
bachelor's degree program in engineering.
bachelor's degree program in engineering.
"Before, our Engineering Program was lighter
"Before, our Engineering Program was lighter
in math and we only offered one actual
in math and we only offered one actual
engineering course," explained Assistant
engineering course," explained Assistant
Professor of Engineering Michele Stein.
Professor of Engineering Michele Stein.
"We have worked closely with UMass Lowell's
"We have worked closely with UMass Lowell's
engineering program. So, our new program en
engineering program. So, our new program en--
ables our graduates to transfer as juniors,
ables our graduates to transfer as juniors,
with as many as 71 credits of transfer."
with as many as 71 credits of transfer."
And, through the Northeast Consortium of
And, through the Northeast Consortium of
Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts
Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts
(NECCUM), she added, students can take several
(NECCUM), she added, students can take several
lower-division engineering courses at UML as
lower-division engineering courses at UML as
part of the MCC curriculum.
part of the MCC curriculum.
"In the year I've been here, I have enhanced
"In the year I've been here, I have enhanced
our `Introduction to Engineering' class and have
our `Introduction to Engineering' class and have
added a `Statics' class," said Stein. "We are
added a `Statics' class," said Stein. "We are
now offering those engineering courses
now offering those engineering courses
here at Middlesex."
here at Middlesex."
One of the main goals of the revamped
One of the main goals of the revamped
Engineering Program was to facilitate a seamless
Engineering Program was to facilitate a seamless
transition for students. "With these changes, our
transition for students. "With these changes, our
students will be ready to transfer to a university
students will be ready to transfer to a university
as juniors and continue right on toward their
as juniors and continue right on toward their
bachelor's degree in engineering."
bachelor's degree in engineering."
A civil engineer who served as Tewksbury's
A civil engineer who served as Tewksbury's
Town Engineer for seven years, Stein joined the
Town Engineer for seven years, Stein joined the
Middlesex faculty in 2014 and has even bigger
Middlesex faculty in 2014 and has even bigger
plans for the program. "In the future, we may
plans for the program. "In the future, we may
consider offering tracks in Computer/Electrical
consider offering tracks in Computer/Electrical
Engineering, as well as Chemical Engineering.
Engineering, as well as Chemical Engineering.
"Each discipline within engineering is so
"Each discipline within engineering is so
different. I'm married to an electrical engineer
different. I'm married to an electrical engineer
Two New Tracks and a Seamless
Transition to a Bachelor's Degree
FACULTY
Focus
Why is STEM important? Our future depends on it! STEM is a competitive, creative, progressively cultivating field that is only going to further expand
with time. The world is developing and improving, and it is vital that we prepare our future generations for such a pursuit.
What do you like best about teaching? I love that moment when you see acknowledgement in a student's eye that they understand and connect with
the material you have been discussing for some time. Instant understanding is nice, but earning the knowledge is priceless.
Favorite classroom moment? Last spring, I brought my students on a field trip to the replacement construction of a major highway bridge. I could tell
they were overwhelmed and I was explaining the different components of the job. At that moment, the manager of the project told us that I had been his
professor. He was very proud of where he was in his career and rightfully so and I knew the students were impressed, too. I told them, "That could be
you in the near future!"
Michele Jodar Stein
Assistant Professor of STEM
ENGINEERING
and we took some of the same core courses. But
and we took some of the same core courses. But
when he starts talking about his work, it's like he's
when he starts talking about his work, it's like he's
speaking another language," she said, laughing.
speaking another language," she said, laughing.
The first two years of an engineering program are
The first two years of an engineering program are
demanding, starting with calculus, chemistry and
demanding, starting with calculus, chemistry and
physics. "When I was a student," recalled Stein,
physics. "When I was a student," recalled Stein,
"I went in as a freshman with a huge class and
"I went in as a freshman with a huge class and
only nine of us graduated. No question about it,
only nine of us graduated. No question about it,
those first two years can be tough."
those first two years can be tough."
The advantage of starting at Middlesex, however,
The advantage of starting at Middlesex, however,
is small class size and one-on-one attention. "At a
is small class size and one-on-one attention. "At a
university, your chemistry, your physics all those
university, your chemistry, your physics all those
first-year intro courses are large auditorium
first-year intro courses are large auditorium
classes. My classes max out at 18 seats.
classes. My classes max out at 18 seats.
"And I meet with my students if they have
"And I meet with my students if they have
questions," she added. "At a university, you won't
questions," she added. "At a university, you won't
be meeting with your professor, you'll be meeting
be meeting with your professor, you'll be meeting
with a teaching assistant."
with a teaching assistant."
Engineering is a challenge, yet the rewards are
Engineering is a challenge, yet the rewards are
many. "There is a lot of math and theorems we
many. "There is a lot of math and theorems we
have to learn that we don't necessarily use every
have to learn that we don't necessarily use every
day. But, working as an engineer is much more
day. But, working as an engineer is much more
exciting than those first two years, thank
exciting than those first two years, thank
goodness," said Stein, who is also advisor
goodness," said Stein, who is also advisor
to the MCC STEM Club.
to the MCC STEM Club.
"I just keep reminding my students: The exciting
"I just keep reminding my students: The exciting
classes are coming. Once you get to your junior
classes are coming. Once you get to your junior
year, it gets really exciting. You'll be designing
year, it gets really exciting. You'll be designing
bridges and engines!"
bridges and engines!"
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Kathy Register
Kathy Register
Engineering Professor Michele Stein (second from left)
on a bridge-construction field trip with her students.