Ernesto Ramirez BS '11

Ernesto Ramirez BS ’11 wanted both a liberal arts education and a high-tech degree in engineering. He found both through Dominican’s joint engineering program with the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Through the five-year program he received a math and computer science degree from Dominican and a computer engineering degree from IIT.

“The program worked out for me because I was able to get a liberal arts education, I was able to play soccer, and I received a degree in engineering which then transitioned over into a career in engineering,” Ramirez said.

While a senior at Dominican, he interned with John Deere and worked there for four years, most recently as an engine controls applications engineer. He was responsible for the design, development and implementation of complex new engine control software to provide performance and functionality for John Deere engines and controllers.

His bilingual skills in Spanish helped when he visited manufacturing plants in Mexico for John Deere.

He’s currently working for Omron Automotive Electronics and credits Dominican’s joint engineering program and the leadership experience he gained from playing soccer for the Dominican Stars in preparing him for his career.

“I wanted to play soccer in college and I wanted to get my engineering degree so Dominican was a perfect fit for me because I got the opportunity to do both,” Ramirez said.

Dominican students in the program apply to IIT during their freshmen or sophomore year, and starting with their junior year, qualifying participants take engineering courses at IIT while continuing to take science, mathematics, computer science and liberal arts courses at Dominican.

Through the program students can earn engineering degrees in aerospace, mechanical, architectural, civil, electrical, computer and chemical engineering.

“I strongly believe in the education I got here,” Ramirez said. “I recommended Dominican’s joint engineering program to many high school students who were interested in engineering.”