Beyond the Classroom: Sarah Laffen

Sarah Laffen is a aerospace engineering sophomore spending her summer vacation working at the National Institute for Aviation Research’s Advanced Machining and Prototyping laboratory. She is using the opportunity to enhance her skills as a student as she majors in aerospace engineering.

More than 5,000 Shockers each year take what they’ve learned in the classroom and transfer that knowledge into real-world environments. Applied learning — which is required for every Wichita State student — happens in offices, factories, laboratories, nonprofits, industries and companies across the globe. Students work side-by-side with seasoned professionals to ensure that they’re fully prepared to make meaningful contributions to their employers and their communities when they graduate.