TNCC’s New Engineering Club Enhances Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum

Published: November 2, 2009

HAMPTON, Va. – Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom thanks to a new Engineering Club founded by Jason Colley, a student at TNCC. The organization invites students in Engineering, Mathematics and other Technology-related areas of study to share ideas, collaborate on various projects, and learn the newest technology and more.

Ji Hyon Mun, Associate Professor and Engineering Department Head, serves as the faculty advisor for the club. “They wanted to form a club so that they can do engineering applications outside [of] the classroom because you can know in the classroom they are pretty much confined to what I tell them and what I expect them to do; but out of the classroom they can apply whatever they’re learning from their other classes and have fun with it,” she said.

The first meeting was held September 25 and Colley hopes to convene twice per month. “Science and Physics-themed activities and student/guest presentations will be a staple, with trips and lectures planned, when available. At the first meeting, I gave a short presentation on control systems, and let the students try their hands at flying several remote-controlled flying vehicles,” Colley said.

Colley, who plans to transfer to the University of Virginia or Virginia Tech after completing his coursework at TNCC, aspires to become an aerospace engineer at NASA Langley Research Center. The Engineering Club will enable him to learn more about his career aspirations through field trips and other opportunities. The students’ long-term goals include participating in engineering competitions.

TNCC offers academic programs in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and other courses such as Modeling and Simulation. In 2007-08, there are 782 students enrolled at TNCC’s Engineering program. About 68 students graduated with an Engineering degree in 2008.

For more information about the Engineering Club, please contact Ji Hyon Mun at 825-2930 or by email at


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