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Engineering student Lauren Bridgers uses a volumetric bench to measure flow rates, and she is shown recording the data from the tests. Bridgers taught elementary school before embarking on a new path by studying in the Department of Engineering at ECU.(Jay Clark/ECU News Services)
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Engineering student Lauren Bridgers uses a volumetric bench to measure flow rates, and she is shown recording the data from the tests. Bridgers taught elementary school before embarking on a new path by studying in the Department of Engineering at ECU.(Jay Clark/ECU News Services)

ECU Notes: Grads return to classroom

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Everywhere Gordon Beverly III goes, he sees things that could be improved through engineering: the unorganized flow of checkout lines at some fast food restaurants or buses taking numerous left turns when right turns are more efficient.

That is part of the reason Beverly, 27, returned to East Carolina University this fall to begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Engineering. He already holds degrees in mathematics and mathematics secondary education from the university, and left a teaching job at D.H. Conley High School to come back to school.


Beverly is one of a handful of students studying engineering at ECU after first earning other degrees or embarking on unrelated careers. Hayden Griffin, chair of the Department of Engineering, noticed the trend this fall.

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