Our Vision

The College of Engineering will be the premier engineering college emphasizing undergraduate education, acknowledged for the impact its students, faculty, staff and graduates have in leading and serving society.

Mission Statement

The College of Engineering prepares and inspires talented students in a strong undergraduate environment to become servant leaders who apply scientific knowledge to benefit society.

The College of Engineering accomplishes this mission by:

  • offering rigorous curricula with a balance of theoretical and practical experience.
  • promoting professional growth through leadership, scholarship and work experiences.
  • encouraging personal growth through service and outreach opportunities.
  • fostering a learning environment that is technologically rich and culturally diverse.
  • providing guidance from dedicated faculty mentors.

Academic and Professional Program Overview

The College of Engineering exclusively offers undergraduate degree programs that stress interactions between teachers and students who are committed to academic excellence. Led by readily accessible professors with varied backgrounds in both academic and professional practice, the College offers a curriculum that integrates scientific and engineering principles, practical laboratory and computer work, engineering design experiences culminating in a major design project, and liberal learning in the tradition of Christian church-related colleges and universities. We seek to attract bright, aspiring young people who relish the challenge of preparing for leadership roles in the engineering profession.

Bachelor of science degrees may be earned in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering. The goals of each of these programs are to build a strong foundation in mathematics, in the natural and the engineering sciences, and to provide an introduction to engineering design during the early portion of the program. This is followed by courses with increased emphasis on engineering applications, design, teamwork, and interdisciplinary activity. Instruction in engineering design is integrated throughout the curriculum so that students advance toward higher levels of competence, culminating in a senior design project. This project emphasizes formulation of problem statements and criteria, consideration of alternatives, and communication of results.

The Gellersen Engineering and Mathematics Center is home to the College of Engineering, with the recently completed Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center providing an addition of more than 13,000 square feet, primarily focused on laboratory and learning space for undergraduate engineering students. Unique opportunities, such as the on-campus James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility, provide chances for undergraduates to conduct nationally competitive research.

The first semester of the College of Engineering’s program is common for all students and is designed to begin the process of providing students with a foundation in mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering sciences, and the liberal arts. The Fundamentals of Engineering course connects mathematics and physics to engineering issues. Students also receive help in selecting or confirming an engineering major in this course.

The last seven semesters provide breadth and depth of study in the chosen major. Various academic and co-curricular options are available, such as an international experience, cooperative education, the Christ College Honors Program, dual degrees, and second majors and minors. Valparaiso graduates are prepared for direct entry into the practice of engineering or for graduate school.

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College of Engineering Dean

Dean Eric W. Johnson '87, Ph.D.;

Assistant Dean for Student Success

Laura Sanders, Assistant Dean;

Civil Environmental Engineering Department

Anne Raich, Chair; Ph.D.;

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Doug Tougaw, Chair; Ph.D.

Mechanical Bioengineering Engineering Department

Scott Duncan, Chair; Ph.D.