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Engineering at GC and Thoughts on the Divine Engineer

By Carla Morris

engineering labWith the inaugural semester of GC’s engineering program complete, all signs point to another successful semester ahead. At the half-year mark, program director Professor Hyung Choi took a moment to share three encouraging outcomes and reveal the inspiration behind engineering at GC.

Encouragement Times Three

One, strong demand – Student interest exceeded expectations from the start. To accommodate more students, Choi added seats to Engineering 101. "The students enjoy being part of something new,” he says.

Two, state-of-the-art engineering lab and renovation of GC's machine shop – The vision and financial support of alumnus Charles McPherson ’85 enabled installation of the engineering facility in Snyder Hall. The workspace serves as a visible reminder of God's provision.

Three, unity among key players – Choi thanks:

  • Roger Reeves, adjunct professor of electronics, for lending his expertise to anchor the engineering program;
  • Dongxue Zhao, assistant professor of engineering and physics, for building computing and project labs;
  • Hugh Siefken, professor emeritus of physics and engineering, for wise counsel and unconditional support; and
  • President Ivan Filby and Provost Edwin Estevez for their full support, even when faced with limited resources.

The Spiritual Value of Engineering

To Choi, the success of the program also serves as the Lord's confirmation that engineering is a good fit for GC’s mission and vision.Science Engineering Camp

Choi describes himself as a theoretical physicist. Through a study of Scripture, however, he has come to appreciate the spiritual value of practical hands-on occupations. Engineers “do” valuable work much like others “do” service or “do” justice.

The creative nature of the engineer’s work also echoes God’s creativity. “[God] dreamed, He designed, He developed and He delivered,” explains Choi. “God is not a theoretician; He worked hard with his hands in creating this world.”

Choi also reminds us that biblical history begins in Genesis with the Garden of Eden and ends in Revelation with the constructed City of God. As God’s children, we are called to steward our environment, but also to develop, create and co-create with our Maker.

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This story was published on January 18, 2017




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