List of Acceptable Professional Development Activities

  • Participate in a service trip involving engineering-related work. Examples include break trips to Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Philippines, etc.  Weekly tutoring activities or Habitat trips involving only physical activity are not applicable.
  • Participate in a student professional-society-sanctioned field trip.
  • Attend professional society and student sections of professional society technical presentations.
  • Attend departmental seminars.
  • Attend the Undergraduate Research Poster session in September and write a report on a minimum of 3 posters.
  • Attend a graduate student’s master’s or PhD thesis defense.
  • Attend a “Careers in…” symposium offered periodically by the College.
  • Participate in Career Center activities approved by the College.
  • Attend a “Beyond Ideas” presentation.
  • Attend Campus Sustainability Day.
  • Attend senior design presentations in spring.
  • Attend a Networking or Alumni event such as:
    • SWE Networking Dinner and talk
    • Personal interview with an Alumnus
    • Career Center sponsored 'Employer Resume Review" prior to the Career Fairs
    • Attend Nova Dinner (sponsored by Alumni Association - held in spring)
    • Job shadowing with an alumnus


PD Reporting


  • For each activity, you must submit a report on the official PD template in order to earn credit
  • Hand-deliver a printed copy of your report to Gayle Doyle in CEER 102, or scan and save the document as a PDF, which you can then email to
  • Reports are due no later than 2 weeks after an eventNo late reports will be accepted.
  • All requirements must be completed no later than the last Friday class day (actual Friday) each semester.


For more information about Career Compass, contact the Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education Frank Falcone at or 610-519-7920. 

Advisory board

Career Compass was established through consultation with an advisory board of industry leaders, alumni, faculty and students. 

The Cunningham / Ward Lecture Series in Engineering

As part of your professional development, freshman students are required and sophomores and juniors are encouraged to attend the annual Patrick J. Cunningham Jr. and Susan Ward ’80 Endowed Lecture, generally presented during National Engineers Week in February. This endowed lecture series was established by engineering alumnus Susan Ward ’80 and her husband Patrick Cunningham to offer students exposure to experts from various engineering fields and educational opportunities outside the classroom. Learn more about the Ward Lecture.