A tour of the Valpo Solar Energy Research Facility

About the College of Engineering

Our Vision

Valpo’s 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.

College Mission Statement

Our college mission statement is simple. 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.

College of Engineering Academic & Program Overview

Here at Valpo’s College of Engineering, we take a “win together” approach. Professors and students, all aimed at excellence. Students together with students, collaborating and innovating. At the end of the day, it’s about challenging bright, young minds to think boldly and dream big in order to thrive in the field.

The College of Engineering offers a well-rounded 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.

Bachelor of Science degrees may be earned in bioengineering, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.The vision of our college and goal of each of these programs is building a strong foundation in mathematics, and natural and engineering sciences. Following that are courses with increased emphasis on engineering applications, teamwork, and interdisciplinary activity. Instruction in engineering design is woven throughout the curriculum, culminating in a senior design project. This vision of our college empowers our students to be a true career professional, formulating problem statements and criteria, considering alternatives, and communicating results.

Deeper Look at the College of Engineering

The first semester of the College of Engineering’s program is the same for all students and gives students a foundation in mathematics, the physical and engineering sciences, and the liberal arts. Of special note: our Fundamentals of Engineering course, which connects mathematics and physics to engineering topics.

The last seven semesters in the College of Engineering 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. It’s all with the ultimate goal of preparing Valpo College of Engineering grads for direct entry into an engineering career or graduate school.

Our Home

The Gellersen Engineering and Mathematics Center is where the College of Engineering resides. The recently completed Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center adds more than 13,000 square feet, primarily laboratory and learning space for undergraduates. Other locales, such as the on-campus James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility, provide unique opportunities for undergraduates to conduct nationally competitive research.