Flying Pumpkins at KSU


This week marks the return of the Pumpkin Launch to the Marietta Campus, as more than 200 first-year mechanical engineering students test what they have learned by flinging pumpkins hundreds of feet into the air. For those of us new to the world of “giant gliding gourds,” this event is unique in the opportunity it offers our Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology students of putting their newfound engineering skills to the test. It’s this type of hands-on learning that sets KSU, and particularly KSU’s College of Engineering, apart.

As the second-largest engineering college in Georgia, we provide an exceptional education to more than 4,500 students with 14 undergraduate and six graduate degrees. Our top-level faculty and state-of-the-art facilities provide engaged learning opportunities for students as they prepare to advance into an ever-changing world of engineering. The more than two dozen centers and labs in the college give students insights into every corner of engineering and engineering technology. At the same time, the partnerships that our faculty have built with the engineering industry have provided opportunities for outstanding scholarships, internships and co-ops for students.

All of this adds up and it is why engineering at KSU continues to capture attention nationwide. For the first time this year, KSU’s undergraduate engineering programs were listed among the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue. The College of Engineering’s reputation is well-deserved and based on a rich history as part of Southern Polytechnic State, as well as its current pivotal role as part of KSU. Quite simply, this is an exemplary college dedicated to student success and ensuring a future of outstanding engineering professionals for the state of Georgia and beyond.

So, while the Pumpkin Launch is a fun event for the entire campus community, remember it’s a lot more than just watching pumpkins soar through the air. You are witnessing the real result of just about everything that goes on in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology — students applying their knowledge and learning by doing the KSU way.

I hope to see you all at the Marietta Campus on Thursday.

Pamela Whitten


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