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Innovative Engineering Education

At a Glance 2012–13

Olin Makes its Mark

At a Glance Location Needham, Massachusetts, 14 miles west of Boston First Commencement May 2006 Majors Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Concentrations Bioengineering, Computing, Design, Materials Science, Systems Admission Highly selective, with an emphasis on outstanding academic achievement and extracurriculars; special attention given to creativity, passion and enterprise Scholarship Policy Every admitted student receives a four-year, half-tuition scholarship valued at more than $80,000

Funding The F.W. Olin Foundation committed in excess of $460 million to support the college, one of the largest grants in the history of higher education Facilities Olin’s facilities encompass 382,000 square feet of first-class academic, administrative and residential space, including a fully converged IT infrastructure, campus-wide wireless connectivity and state-of-the-art labs and classrooms Partnerships Olin, Babson and Wellesley are part of a wide ranging collaboration that brings together liberal arts, business and engineering perspectives to tackle major societal issues

About Olin The idea for Olin goes back nearly two decades. That’s when the National Science Foundation and the leaders of the engineering community began urging fundamental reforms in engineering education, including more emphasis on entrepreneurship, teamwork and communication. The F.W. Olin Foundation took up the challenge, committing more than $460 million to create a new undergraduate engineering college. Bringing together some of the best minds and the best ideas in engineering education, Olin developed a hands-on, interdisciplinary program geared toward producing engineering innovators.

The college has garnered a national reputation for innovation in engineering education, and its alumni are making their mark at top companies, entrepreneurial ventures and graduate schools. Below are statistics that highlight our accomplishments to date:

Alumni & Student Accomplishments • 72% of students completed an internship or research assignment last summer • On a per capita basis, Olin is one of the top producers of National Science Foundation (NSF) scholars in the country • 39% of all alumni have been accepted or have attended graduate school; of those

• 44% who entered a STEM graduate program attend a Top 10 graduate school as defined by U.S. News & World Report

• 24% who entered a STEM graduate program won a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

• Undergraduate alumni giving rate ranked #1 nationally by the Council for Aid to Education

Institutional Accomplishments • Admission rate is 19% — placing Olin among the most selective colleges and universities in the country • Founding leadership received Gordon Prize for innovation in engineering and technological education (2013) • Olin named one of “New Ivies” by Kaplan/Newsweek (2005) • Ranked #6 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, non-doctoral, by U.S. News & World Report (2012) • Ranked #1 in nation among ‘Colleges Where it’s Easiest to Get Involved,’ according to U.S. News & World Report (2011) • Ranked #1 Top 10 Financial Aid Providers by Parents & Colleges • Ranked as a Top Fulbright Scholar producer by the Chronicle of Higher Education four times since 2006 • Named Best 377 College, Best Value College + Best in the Northeast by Princeton Review (2012) • Additional 2012 Princeton Review rankings include:

• #2 Students Study the Most

• #4 Best College Dorms

• #10 Best Quality of Life

• #10 Best Classroom Experience

• #17 Great Financial Aid

• #18 Their Students Love This College

• #19 Professors Get High Marks

• #19 Lots of Race/Class Interaction

• Named one of the Fiske Guide’s 2013 Best Buy Schools

Faculty Profile

The Olin Curriculum

Their expertise ranges from astrophysics to Chopin, from circuit design to entrepreneurship, from robotics to genetics. Working with the faculty are academic partners and instructors.

The Olin curriculum is a synthesis of creative ideas and best practices in engineering education. Its aim is to apply new ways to teach engineering, and to graduate students who are prepared to lead technological innovation in the 21st century.



To produce the kind of well-rounded, creative students it envisions, Olin supports a “learning continuum” that extends from classroom work to research, independent study, personal passions and other areas which, taken together, make up Olin’s unique learning environment.


From the beginning students learn through team-based, hands-on projects and tackle openended problems, the kind that go far beyond the textbook and call for a considerable amount of creativity and initiative. The curriculum also emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, communication and the role of design in engineering.


Full-time 35 (37% women/63% men) Part-time and Adjunct 13 (46% women/54% men) Student to Faculty Ratio 9 to 1 Passion Undergraduate teaching and working with students on research and scholarly activities Innovation No tenure awarded; no academic departments; many faculty are multi-disciplinary

The Olin curriculum is based on the Olin Triangle of rigorous science and engineering, entrepreneurship and the liberal arts. Equally important is a dedication to lifelong learning, so students can continually update their skills to meet new technical challenges.


SCOPE Senior Capstone Program in Engineering Olin’s hands-on curriculum culminates in SCOPE, a substantial, year-long project under the realistic constraints of a corporation or other sponsor. As part of SCOPE, the sponsor supplies an authentic, challenging engineering problem. Olin provides a student engineering team, a dedicated project space, a faculty adviser and access to the Olin technology base. Working according to the highest professional standards in teams with approximately five to seven members, the students spend more than one fourth of their senior year working on the project SCOPE Sponsors 2012–13 over two semesters. AGCO Analogic Projects involve multiple Ariens engineering disciplines, Army Research Lab including elements of Autodesk engineering science, Boeing Boston Scientific engineering design and Brandeis University entrepreneurship. DePuy Mitek Facebook Hutchinson/Barry Controls Orica Parietal Systems Raytheon

Student Profile

Alumni Profile

Olin College Contacts

Enrollment 342 students — 48% women/52% men Origins 38 states, 10 countries, 23 foreign nationals First-to-Second Year Retention Rates 96% Six-year Graduation Rate 94% National Merit Finalists 30%

Classes of 2006–12 at six months post-graduation

Academic Affairs

Class of 2016 Profile Applicants 782 Invited to Candidate Weekends 210 Admitted 151 Enrolled 83 students Geography 23 states; 5 foreign countries Average GPA 3.9/4.0 (unweighted) Percent Female/Male 43% women/57% men Recognized by National Scholarship Programs 31% Leadership 82% participated in community service; 71% musicians; 60% athletes; 58% competed on academic teams; 43% held a job during high school; 37% involved with robotics; 30% drama/theater; 23% involved in research projects; 22% were student government officers; 21% worked on student publications This class includes students who: • Gave a TEDx presentation on a new form of digital encryption • Won the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award (2) • Ran six half-marathons • Founded a high school robotics team • Helped manage an online community of over 200,000 members • Installed solar panels in Uganda • Was a finalist for the Broadway cast of ‘Newsies’ • Developed an iPhone app (that solves triangles) with Objective-C and published it in iOS app store • Built an ROV to capture images of a sunken barge in New Hampshire • Created a Japanese language tutoring system • Started a non-profit that gives toiletries to the homeless • Redesigned molecular cloning labs

Employed or in Graduate School 98% • Employed 55% • Graduate school in Engineering, Math or Science 29% • Graduate School – Other 10% • Entrepreneurs 5% Other 2% Fulbright Scholars 9 Goldwater Scholarships 1; Honorable Mentions 2 Gates Cambridge Scholarship 1

Employment, Graduate Schools, Research and Internships Students enter Olin College ready for real-world challenges. Many of them spend summers in labs, corporations and service organizations after just one year at Olin. The project-based, real-world learning at Olin prepares them, and our Office of Post Graduate Planning helps to place them. The following information represents data from Olin’s 501 alumni, classes of 2006–12.

Top 10 Employers

Top 10 Graduate Schools

athenahealth Boeing Google Intuit Microsoft * Raytheon Corp./ Raytheon BBN * Rockwell Automation * Synapse Product Development Twitter United States Navy

Babson College Carnegie Mellon University Cornell University Harvard University MIT Stanford University University of California, Berkeley University of Illinois University of Washington Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Top 10 Intern Employers

Top 10 Summer Research Programs

Apple Boston Scientific * GE Google Intuit Microsoft * MITRE * Raytheon BBN * SoftArtisans Twitter * Denotes a company that has also sponsored a SCOPE project

Boston University Caltech Cornell University Harvard University IMEC – Belgium Johns Hopkins University MIT University of California, Berkeley UCLA University of Massachusetts

Vincent Manno Provost Dean of Faculty 781-292-2591


Charles S. Nolan Vice President Dean of Admission 781-292-2201


J. Thomas Krimmel Vice President for Development 781-292-2291


Information Technology and Operations Joanne Kossuth Vice President for Operations Chief Information Officer 781-292-2431

Marketing and Communication

Michelle Davis Chief Marketing Officer 781-292-2251

Office of the President Richard K. Miller President 781-292-2301

Post Graduate Planning

Sally Phelps Director of Post Graduate Planning 781-292-2281

SCOPE Program

Andrew Bennett SCOPE Director 781-292-2522

Student Life

Rod Crafts Dean of Student Life 781-292-2321

Stephen P. Hannabury Executive Vice President and Treasurer 781-292-2401

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Olin Way Needham, MA 02492-1200 781-292-2300

Nondiscrimination Statement Olin College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or other college-administered programs on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran, marital or citizenship status.

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