Loyola University Maryland


Visionary Course Pairing

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Engineering, Design and Creativity in the Built World (EG103)

The pyramids and Gothic cathedrals as well as transportation, communication, and sanitation systems are just some examples of our engineered world. Students explore what makes engineering unique from the sciences—the elements of design and creative problem solving.

Emphasis is given to the historical and social contents of engineering design and its impact on our society. Students also explore the connections engineering has to visual thinking—graphic and industrial design.

Faculty Biography

Dr.  Suzanne Keilson is a native New Yorker and earned her doctorate in Applied Physics from Columbia University.  She has studied and worked across a variety of STEM disciplines.  She worked at Perkin-Elmer Corporation as a contamination control engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope.  Her research for her master’s degree was in materials science (on point defects in irradiated quartz crystal).  For her PhD she studied the motion of hair cells in the inner ear.  Her post-doctoral studies in the signal processing of speech by the auditory system brought her to Baltimore.  She has worked at Loyola for two decades and been involved in first year programs for much of that time as a teacher and advisor.  She has also engaged in STEM outreach activities in the K-12 community. This course is her passion and allows her to bring together many different disciplines to answer the question; what makes Engineering unique?

Thinking God for the World (TH201)

What is the relationship between the lives we lead and the beliefs (truths) we hold about God, the world, and ourselves – between “strong truths, well-lived”?  Our world is constituted by diverse and competing answers to this question – we might call them diverse and competing “visions”.  We will read and write, listen to and talk about such visions in Jewish and Christian Scriptures and traditions as well as in contemporary novelists, philosophers, and poets.  Students will learn about other peoples’ visions as a context for their own.  Thus we learn to think God not only for ourselves but for the world.

Faculty Biography

James J. Buckley, professor of theology, was born in Massachusetts, raised in Missouri, schooled in California and Connecticut, and has lived in Maryland for thirty-five years.   He enjoys writing on various topics in contemporary Catholic theology, including who God is, and what God is up to in a world of beautiful things, wrecked with violence.  He and his spouse Chris enjoy the sights and sounds of Baltimore, and have (besides friends and relatives in the places they were raised and schooled) a son and daughter-in-law (with their two children) in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mentor Biographies

Cristina Caridad Garcia - A native of Yonkers, New York, I began working at Loyola University Maryland (in ALANA Services) in July of 2011. Before coming to Loyola, I was at Davidson College for one and a half years where I served as the Diversity Program Advisor and Area Coordinator. I obtained my B.A. in English at Siena College near Albany NY in 2007 and my Masters in College & Agency Counseling at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in 2009. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my dog (Shadow), as well as playing tennis, swimming, spinning, listening to music, cooking, exploring my "new" surroundings and most of all spending time with my family. A native of Baltimore, Dave Opitz has been a Sr. Security Analyst for Technology Services at Loyola for 14 years, after working in the federal government for 13 years.  Dave has a BS in Math from the University of Notre Dame and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Texas.  Dave enjoys watching sports, playing strategy games, reading comics, and participating in the Encounter El Salvador program with Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ).
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