Saint Patrick Engineering Club (SPEC)

The St. Patrick Engineering Club is named after the patron saint of engineers and the Irish. According to the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering, “The actual details of St. Patrick’s life are somewhat murky and over years of retelling, the details have undoubtedly been embellished or forgotten. But the most accepted version of events is that the man who
was to become St. Patrick was born in what is now Scotland in the late fourth century AD. In his adult life, St. Patrick worked to spread Christianity throughout the British Isles. As part of this mission, he built churches, including the first churches in Ireland. Before his arrival in Ireland, builders used a dry masonry technique that involved stacking flat stones on top of each other, gradually overlapping the stones to enclose the walls. St. Patrick, however, was familiar
with more Romanized forms of architecture, including the use of lime mortar. It’s also believed that he introduced the concept of arches to Irish builders, giving them the knowledge they needed to build the traditional stone churches that still dot the Irish countryside today. Because of this, the Catholic church has deemed him the patron saint of engineers.”

The St. Patrick Club will meet several times throughout the year to complete special engineering related labs with the assistance of engineers and engineering university students. The labs will allow students to experience simulations and projects similar to the work of an engineer and interact with current undergraduate engineering students. The club is open to all students.
The labs are provided by Engineering Tomorrow and Ursuline is the first Ohio school accepted to participate in the program.