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The Visionary Course Pairing

Engineering, Design and Creativity in the Built World (EG 103)

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 has been at Loyola for 25 years. She created this course as a unique offering for the Messina program. Her PhD is in Applied Physics and her research interests are in engineering education, design and innovation, as well as biomedical engineering, assisstive technologies, and signal processing. Her other interests include family, community, STEM outreach and the usual array of films, books, and health activities.

Is Psychology a Brain or Social Science? (PY 101)

By examining significant areas of psychological theory and research, this course will attempt to answer the question: Is psychology a brain or a social science?  The course provides, in a seminar setting, an introduction to the discipline and the psychology major, as well as a assessment of the primacy of our biology and our social setting (and its history) as the cause of complex human behaviors.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Andrew Futterman is a professor in the Department of Psychology.  His specialty areas are Clinical Psychology, Aging, and Clinical Pharmacology, and he does research on and teach courses relating to the diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology in later life.  In particular, Dr. Futterman studies grief, depression, and coping with stress in later life.  He has very much enjoyed teaching and doing research at Loyola Maryland since 2016, after spending 25 years as a faculty member at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Mentor Biography

Jay Ayd has been at Loyola for over 11 years. He manages Printing & Mail Services. Jay and his wife are both alumni as well as two of their children. He was previously a general manager for The Home Depot. 

Mentor Biography

A native of Baltimore, Dave Opitz has been a Sr. Security Analyst for Technology Services  at Loyola for 18 years, after working in the federal government for 13 years.  Dave enjoys being involved in many campus activities, such as cheering on the Greyhounds at Loyola sporting events, listening to academic lectures, participating in service projects, mentoring the student drone club, attending religious services, and occasionally teaching a class for the Compute Science department.

Virtual Advisor

Students considering a major in Engineering or Psychology are strongly recommended to preference this course pairing. For students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business, Psychology will count as an elective since Sellinger School of Business students will take Microeconomics Principles and Macroeconomic Principles as their two, core social science courses.

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