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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 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?

Introductory Psychology (PY 101)

Introductory Psychology is a course designed to engage students in the learning of major sub-disciplines in psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of the brain, mind, and behavior. Students will learn major theoretical perspectives in the study human behavior, including psychodynamic theory, behaviorism, and humanism. In addition, students will learn about specific subareas in psychology such as biological bases of behavior, learning, personality, emotion, memory, development across the lifespan, social psychology, and psychological disorders. This course is introductory but does require active student participation and engagement. Students will engage in small group discussions, large group discussions, and reflection. 

Faculty Biography

Dr. Marianna Carlucci is an Associate Professor of Psychology. She is a legal psychologist and teaches courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level. Her areas of expertise are juror decisions, eyewitness memory, interrogation techniques, and lie detection. Dr. Carlucci has been a member of the Loyola University Maryland community for seven years. She enjoys teaching in the Messina program because of the bonds students can develop in small cohorts and the ability to have deep discussions in smaller class sizes.  

Mentor Biography

Jay Ayd has lived in Baltimore for over 45 years, where he’s raised his six children, who range in age from 11 to 20 years old.  Jay started at Loyola University Maryland in September 2008 as the Manager of Printing & Mail Services, and is now the Assistant Director Campus Services.  Jay earned his B.S. in Business Administration from University of Baltimore and his MBA from Loyola.  Before coming to Loyola, Jay worked was a general manager for Ayd Transport, and Home Depot. 

Mentor Biography

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).

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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