The diverse programs and learning opportunities offered by the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) are joined by a common theme: mens et manus, mind and hand.

Hands-on educational experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, expose students to different ways of thinking and solving problems, broaden their communications skills, and help them develop a better sense of self.

Professor J. Kim Vandiver directs the Office of Experiential Learning. Throughout his teaching career, Professor Vandiver has stressed the importance of hands-on learning. He has worked to enliven the mainstream curriculum, incorporating more and earlier opportunities for students to solve real-life problems, engage in research, and develop relationships with faculty. 

In addition to his role as director of OEL, he is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the dean for undergraduate research, and director of the Edgerton Center. He has previously served as faculty chairman and as director of the Experimental Study Group.