I’m sure you all know about Harry Potter and the four houses students were sorted into. I was (and still am) a huge fan of the series. I’ve taken the Pottermore sorting quiz more times than I’d care to admit, and I am a proud Ravenclaw. 

 

If you aren’t familiar with the series, the students at Hogwarts are sorted into one of four “houses” based on character traits that align with the house. 

 

Here are each of the four houses and what they are known for:

 

  1. Gryffindor: Courage, Bravery, Determination
  2. Ravenclaw: Wisdom, Wit, Skill for learning
  3. Hufflepuff: Strong moral compass, Hard-working, Loyal
  4. Slytherin: Ambitious, Shrewd, Destined for greatness

 

For a new take on a “get-to-know” the majors post, I sorted each of the academic disciplines in Viterbi into a house based on my knowledge and experience. Yes, I know what you’re thinking… A sorting hat algorithm would be way cooler. I agree completely. If you happen to write one, please let me know! Until then, my manual sorting is the best system we have here at Viterbi. 

Gryffindor

Aerospace Engineering: 

Making planes and flying takes A TON of courage.

Astronautical Engineering:

There are many, MANY things that go into creating objects for space, so this major requires determination and bravery. 

Civil Engineering:

Civil Engineers help create bridges and public infrastructure which can be expansive projects that require determination and courage to take on.

Ravenclaw

Electrical and Computer Engineering:

Computers and Electronic devices are always changing, so ECE majors need to have a skill for continuous learning. 

Industrial and Systems Engineering:

ISEs employ a ton of wisdom in making a process more efficient and optimizing operations. 

Mechanical Engineering:

Mechanical Engineers learn about the inner workings of machines and how objects move, and they need a sharp wit to innovate and invent new products.

Hufflepuff

Biomedical Engineering: 

BMEs have strong values of helping people through their inventions and work.

Environmental Engineering:

Helping the environment is at the core of environmental engineering and they’re loyal to that cause. 

Slytherin

Chemical Engineering: 

ChemE majors have sharp judgement with their particular specialization and a lot of ambition to pursue that path. 

Computer Science and Computer Engineering: 

CS majors often work on their own projects and are super ambitious and self-motivated. 

***I split up Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) and Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) to make 11 categories rather than the 9 existing disciplines.

 

Some are more based in facts than others, but I hope this sorting is entertaining and insightful!

 

Fight on!

Maya Neuenschwander

Maya Neuenschwander

MAJOR: Industrial and Systems Engineering YEAR: Class of 2024 HOMETOWN: Hudson, Wisconsin PRONOUNS: she/her/hers INSTA: @schwanders I'm involved in interdisciplinary research investigating public health inequities along with being an officer for the Society of Women Engineers and a member of Engineers without Borders. Outside of school, I have my own photography business.

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