Rob Lauzen: Why I’m a Thayer Engineer

Rob Lauzen is a student that is no stranger to our pages. A few months ago, I wrote a feature on his revolutionary product and the process of starting a new company around the incredible technology that his group developed in their ENGS 21 class. Read more about Rob’s ENGS 21 project here: http://sites.dartmouth.edu/mshop/2013/04/26/a-healthier-world/

Rob Lauzen, at ease in Thayer

Rob Lauzen, at ease in Thayer

Today, however, I spoke to him about a very different subject. Lauzen has told me many times that he hopes to work in the financial sector, so I had to ask, why not an economics major? why engineering?

Lauzen says that he hopes to bring engineering into the financial sector. By that he means that Thayer has given him a great problem-solving base that he wishes to use later in life. “The engineering degree,” he says, “provides a methodical way of thinking that allows the engineer to break large problems down into small, practical parts that make it easier to work through them and to make better rational and informed decisions about anything. Being an engineer also gives [Lauzen] the ability to solve complex quantitative problems, which is something that people don’t receive from humanities degrees.

“However, the great thing about Thayer in particular is that the school offers a much more liberal-arts-like approach to engineering. instead of doing what schools like Cal-Berkeley and M.I.T. do of forcing the student to decide on one specific concentration and take classes exclusively in that field, Thayer allows [Rob] to learn about every facet of engineering while specializing in the field he likes most.”

Lauzen feels especially prepared for the corporate recruiting process and work in the real world because his Thayer B.E. will complement his Dartmouth education. He says that “the liberal arts aspect of Dartmouth allows me to think critically in the humanities. Dartmouth students can easily read an essay and break down what it really is saying, but Thayer adds technical and quantitative aspects to [his] education that would otherwise be lacking. This gives [Lauzen] an edge when looking for a job because it is obvious that he has the numerical proficiency of engineers and the critical thinking skills of Dartmouth students from one look at his resume.”

Ultimately, Mr. Lauzen gave me a much longer answer than he needed to. “The reality is that [he is] proud to call [him]self a Thayer engineer.”

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