Engineering Success

by Public Relations

The Cedarville University Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering and Computer Science provides a rigorous program to help students achieve greatness by providing professional opportunities to students. For one student, the program paved the way for national recognition. Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society, awarded a $2,000 scholarship to James Smyly, a junior electrical engineering student.

Smyly credits Cedarville University for the award. Through Cedarville, he has participated in professional engineering organizations like Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Society of Engineers Aiding Missions. He has also participated in engineering competitions and missions trips.

He adds, “I have also been able to build personal relationships with most of my engineering professors. Getting to work with my professors outside of class has been a highlight of my time here at Cedarville! I believe these relationships and my participation in the various competition teams, organizations and other activities available at Cedarville enabled me to be considered for this scholarship.”

The organization that awarded Smyly the scholarship, Tau Beta Pi, is the only engineering honor society that represents the entire engineering profession. It was founded to recognize students with distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as well as alumni who have contributed to the field of engineering. The society rewards students who have high academic scholarship, strong faculty recommendations, definite extracurricular contributions, unusual promise of substantial achievement through a definite plan or purpose and a program through which accomplishment will advance the interest of the engineering profession.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of education excellence, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at