Inaugural engineering student retreat gives students hands-on experience

Students explore why a 1930s “hit-and-miss” engine is not working and apply their skills and knowledge to fix it.

October 9, 2018 – Bryan College engineering students recently visited Mt. Liberty, Ohio, for a class on missional engineering. The course is an intensive weekend retreat with multiple workshops and activities geared to equip students for a life of missions as engineers.

Through hands-on activities and biblical teaching, students were encouraged to find God’s calling for their life and challenged to pursue a lifetime of service. Students also got to see what happens when engineering is done poorly, highlighting the importance of experienced engineers in third-world countries.

Each student worked on a mission project related to engineering. The projects were intended to give students a vision of what engineering ministry might look like in third world countries. Students completed the Myers-Briggs personality assessment. Project teams were then assigned based on conflicting personality types. Students were challenged to learn to work with people who are different than themselves.

Dr. Marshall, dean of the Vogel school of engineering, preached on Romans 8 and Genesis 1 throughout the weekend. His focus was showing students how engineering relates theologically to our role as caretakers, and how students can give glory to God as engineers.

Dr. Marshall explains how UV light works in the water purification process at a multi-million dollar facility build.

“While we were sitting outside in the cold on Sunday morning drinking coffee, I looked around at all the amazing, new people that seemed to have spontaneously appeared in my life, and I remembered just how close I had come to not coming to Bryan.” said freshman Peyton Lawyer. “At the end of the retreat, which included 18 hours in the car, a baptism, broken bikes, and a long hike in the woods, I just knew I was where God wanted me.”

Intended to show students the vision for what engineering can accomplish and improve retention, the inaugural engineering retreat was a huge success. The Vogel School of Engineering is going to be a strong program for Bryan College, with many bright young men and women graduating to carry out the Great Commission and give glory to God through engineering.

Bryan College Announces The Vogel School of Engineering

Bryan College red logo with vertical line and Vogel School of Engineering

Bryan College is proud to announce that The Vogel School of Engineering will open its doors to students in the upcoming fall semester. The school is named for alumnus Brigadier General George B. Vogel who, with his wife Doris, provided a substantial gift for the new school.

Vogel graduated from Bryan College in 1958 and earned a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Talbot School of Theology with additional course studies at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary. Vogel served as a Chaplain in the National Guard for 36 years, with five years of active duty. Vogel continues his calling in ministry as Chief of Chaplain Service at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Vogel was named the 2015 recipient of the Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health’s Award for Excellence in Chaplaincy, The Lifetime Achievement Award. In May of 2015, George Vogel was honored with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bryan College in recognition of his lifetime of ministry and service to his God and his country. He and his wife Doris have an adult daughter and teen-aged granddaughter.

“Bryan College provided a strong foundation for my career and service to my country,” said Vogel. “It was a life-changing experience that prepared me for my future. Doris and I are grateful for the work that continues on Bryan College’s campus. It’s an honor to be able to provide the funding for the School of Engineering and it’s very humbling to have it bear our name.”

The Vogel School of Engineering will be the third school within the College. Degrees offered within the School will include options in civil and mechanical engineering, and will feature a Biblical worldview curriculum with a missional focus. Students will gain expertise in their area of focus while learning how to utilize engineering as a way to share the Gospel and glorify God.

Part of the College’s “Making a Difference: Vision to Reality” initiative includes renovations to the third floor of Mercer Hall to provide additional classroom space and lecture halls. Other campus renovations will provide an additional makerspace for engineering students to apply their knowledge and skills to practical projects. The College is currently seeking partnerships with firms in the region to provide students with hands-on experience and internships.

Dr. Tom Marshall, P.E. will serve as Dean of the School. He received a PhD in Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Science and Technology; an MS in Engineering from Loyola Marymont University; and, a BS in Engineering from Ohio State University. Dr. Marshall also received a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“The Mission of the Vogel School of Engineering is Bible-based, academic excellence,” said Dr. Marshall. “Equipping our engineering graduates to solve problems and improve lives as ambassadors for Christ, building God’s Kingdom to the ends of the earth; Engineering the Great Commission.”

As a result of the addition of a third school, a national search has been launched to find a new provost to provide academic leadership and direction for the College.

Bryan College President Dr. Stephen Livesay said, “We are overjoyed with the blessings the Vogel School of Engineering will provide for our students. Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world is our mission. The Vogel School of Engineering will further this mission and we couldn’t be more excited about what the Lord has for Bryan’s future.”

Bryan College Announces Dean of New Engineering Program

December 12, 2017 – One of the most anticipated new programs to be offered by Bryan College starting in 2018 is one step closer to fruition; the engineering program has officially acquired a program dean.

Dr. Thomas Marshall – who holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Oregon Institute of Science and Technology, a M.S. in engineering from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.S. in engineering from Ohio State University, along with a M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – has an impressive range of experience to bring to the table in the new engineering program at Bryan.

According to Academic Vice President Kevin Clauson, “Dr. Marshall has helped two other schools start up engineering programs, at California Baptist University and Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. He has also been a consultant and has been in industry and started his own businesses. He has a passion for ‘missional engineering,’ providing engineering services to peoples and areas in need in the name of Christ, something he wants to instill into Bryan’s program.” Dr. Marshall will lead the engineering program, with specializations in both mechanical and civil engineering, starting in the summer of 2018.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Marshall on board as the engineering dean here at Bryan,” remarked President Stephen D. Livesay. “He is a man of great character and experience and has a wonderful vision for this promising new program.”

Learn more about Dr. Thomas Marshall.

The engineering program will be available starting in the fall of 2018, pending SACSCOC approval.

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.