Our Engineering major at Elizabethtown College, located in south-central Pennsylvania, is a rigorous program designed to lead students to a technical career in the workforce or to a graduate school to study engineering. We strongly believe in producing well-rounded generalist engineers who understand the mechanical and electrical systems of a design and how those systems interact with the environment and with industry. We challenge our students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, pushing them to become innovators of the future. Our students receive personal attention from our faculty members and gain hands-on experience in design and fabrication. 

Our engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( http://www.abet.org) and features open-ended team projects every year. This accreditation ensures that we meet global standards for properly instructing our engineering students and allows our students to work worldwide.

We encourage students to take upper-level coursework in a specific area of interest by specializing in one of our concentrations, which include: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering

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Engineering Degree With Concentrations In:

Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering concentration focuses on electricity and wiring, and how electrical components interact within larger surrounding systems. You’ll take electrical engineering courses, such as electronics, electromagnetism, physics of semiconductor devices, fiber optics, and communication systems, which examine the theory and application of electricity and magnetism. You will apply these concepts to projects involving solar energy generation, wireless communication, and autonomous vehicles. Learning these skills will help you better understand how to create stronger, faster, and more complex subsystems.

Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering concentration prepares you to problem solve and innovate for a more sustainable future. Environmental Engineering courses focus on building environmentally-friendly infrastructure that will change the way we view urban planning and resource distribution. Our curriculum includes: environmental engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and hydrology, green architectural engineering and water and wastewater engineering. Our Environmental Engineering concentration serves as a solid foundation for graduates to pursue careers in water resources management, water and wastewater process design, and green building design.  

Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Industrial and Systems Engineering concentration focuses on developing the skills to improve the efficiency of industrial processes and systems. Our courses in industrial and systems engineering methods, process improvement, quantitative methods, manufacturing, and analytics for supply chain management teach you industry standard approaches such as lean design and Six Sigma. You will apply these concepts to real-world projects sponsored by the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) at Elizabethtown College. This concentration prepares you for a career in the local manufacturing industry or in global procurement and logistics.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering focuses on the physical components within products, systems and devices across all sectors of the economy. Mechanical engineers develop microscopic surgical devices, hydroelectric power plants and everything in between. Mechanical engineers have a role in the design, manufacturing, and testing of essentially all consumer goods. With a concentration in Mechanical Engineering, you will study the principles of energy, force, and motion in our mechanical engineering courses, which include: strength of materials, analytical mechanics and vibrations, system control, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and manufacturing. This fundamental knowledge will provide you with the background necessary to design and fabricate intricate, interrelated pieces of machines that successfully work together.

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Concentration prepares students to apply principles of engineering across biomedical applications. In particular, our program focuses on the design and testing of medical devices for surgical and clinical applications. Students also develop an understanding of biological systems such as balance and motor control through the lens of engineering. Courses in the Biomedical Engineering concentration include biomechanics, strength of materials, biomaterials, fluid dynamics, control systems, and biomedical device design. From this foundation, our graduates are prepared to directly improve the lives of others through careers in prosthetics or other surgical and clinical device industries. 

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering concentration focuses on developing the skills to design structures such as bridges, transportation systems, and buildings. Directly shaping society through the design and analysis of safe, reliable and efficient public-infrastructure and private projects is a key focus of this degree. Civil engineers design the built world in which we all live. Coursework in the Civil Engineering concentration includes: green architectural engineering, strength of materials, civil engineering materials, environmental engineering, structural engineering, and environmental site design. This curriculum prepares students to design the structures of today and tomorrow, addressing the challenge of meeting the needs of society. 

View the major degree curriculum, as well as more detail on the concentrations.

Life After E-town

Brandon Diaz

Brandon Diaz ‘17

Currently working towards ph.d. at the university of pennsylvania.

Because of his experience at E-town, Brandon feels well prepared to continue his education. " Elizabethtown’s unique general engineering curriculum, mixed with its exceptional liberal arts education, allowed me to truly stand out and grab the interest of an ivy league institution." In addition to our curriculum, Brandon credits his success to our campus community. " Elizabethtown College fosters an environment for student growth and development.  I would frequently see my professors in the department, and every day we would cross paths and chat. They expressed a genuine interest in each student personally." As Brandon moves forward in his post-graduate life, he continues to appreciate his E-town experience. 

Mechanical Engineering Concentration

Josh Rowlands

Josh Rowlands '13

Operations Development Program Engineer at Zimmer Biomet in Denver, CO

Josh is fulfilling the “Educate for Service” motto by working with Zimmer Biomet to develop devices for restoring joint mobility for patients. At E-town, he was very involved with intramural sports and took a study abroad trip to the Gambia. Without all of the opportunities to branch out, Josh might not have taken advantage of all of the amazing opportunities he’s had.

Around E-town

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Engineering major Cooper Siegel tunes up bike for ECHOS client

College Cycling Club refurbishes bicycles as service to community.

Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS), a not-for-profit neighborhood program, gives donated bicycles to the Elizabethtown College Cycling Club, which repairs and services them. ECHOS gets the bikes back and gifts them to its clients in need. After several donations, the Cycling Club has a small inventory of ready-to-use bikes that student members have rehabbed. Cycling Club member Cooper Siegel, an Elizabethtown College engineering student, recently repaired a bike for an ECHOS client who has found housing and a job. Home and work are, unfortunately, a distance apart. The bike will aid him, considerably, in his commute.

“The cycling club and its founder, Omar Zabala ’16, envisioned this type of community service from its inception.” -- Kurt DeGoede, professor of engineering and physics and Cycling Club advisor  

From the Department of Engineering

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Learning beyond buildings

Engineering professor uses backpacking water treatment systems to illustrate classroom lessons.

Brenda Read-Daily, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering, incorporates interactive learning techniques into her classroom at Elizabethtown College. One idea brings students outdoors to the College’s Lake Placida. They use portable water treatment techniques—iodine tablets, SteriPEN®, LifeStraw®—to learn the basic principles of water purification. By treating water with these devices, students have a strong foundation to understand larger-scale water treatment systems. They found these hands-on activities helpful in learning new concepts and retaining course material. “I love to use hands-on activities in class wherever it fits.”

From the Department of Engineering

Russell Speiden

Elizabeth LePore ’22

Stamp Scholar explores Engineering and service at E-town

First-year Stamps Scholar Elizabeth LePore put plenty of consideration into her college selection process. A graduate of Notre Dame Prep from Kingsville, MD, LePore participated in Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Club, fueling her interest in pursuing an engineering major. LePore was also involved in dance, honor societies and was a counselor at Camp Umoja, a summer camp for children living in Baltimore City’s public housing. She said she came to Elizabethtown because of its engineering department opportunities and emphasis on service.

“I believe that my involvement in activities, my academic success and my passion for service led to my selection as a Stamps Scholar.”

From the Department of Engineering

Kurt DeGoede

Kurt DeGoede

Professor of Engineering and physics

Kurt DeGoede believes the College's new Civil Engineering concentration embodies the department’s mission of “Educate for service. Engineer for society." The new curricula, which includes the design of bridges, transportation systems and buildings, helps students to be better prepared for careers in civil engineering by developing their skills in designing and analyzing safe, reliable and efficient public infrastructure. “Nationally and regionally, we have a present and ongoing need for engineers to design the next generation of transportation and other infrastructure systems. Many aging networks are in need of replacement.”

Over 96% of our engineering and physics graduates are in graduate school or full-time employment within one year of graduation at places like:
Frito Lay
Modjeski and Masters
Johnson Controls

Distinct and Personal

Our Bachelor of Science in Engineering is designed around the needs of individual students and a breadth of engineering knowledge and skills. Our students not only learn to apply advanced principles of math, science, and engineering, but also how to apply those principles to creatively solve real world problems. We offer our students the freedom to explore their specific interests within the major and prepare them for careers that will make a difference in peoples’ lives.

Our Engineering major is distinct and personal:

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  • Elizabethtown Engineering graduates develop careers in a wide variety of technical and non-technical fields. In particular, students are equipped to design, develop, and implement innovative solutions to problems within specialties such as electrical and mechanical systems or environmental engineering.
  • Our graduates become industry and civic leaders, as well as skilled problem solvers. E-town graduates possess the multidisciplinary background to help shape solutions and define the problems faced by our rapidly changing world and global marketplace.
  • We embrace and adapt to emerging technologies, and allow our students to grow with advanced technology. Our graduates have the necessary knowledge, skills, and motivation to pursue advanced degrees, licensing as a Professional Engineer (PE), or certifications such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
  • We encourage our students to utilize their professional skills to meet the needs of their local communities and our shared global community, serving the needs of others with creativity, personal drive and accountability, humility, and unwavering ethics.


Academic Year Total Declared Majors Number of Degrees Awarded
2016-17 96 students 33 graduates
2015-16 91 students 26 graduates
2014-15 85 students 17 graduates
2013-14 58 students 11 graduates
2012-13 54 students 14 graduates
2011-12 38 students 11 graduates
2010-11 38 students 5 graduates

*Data does not include first-year students, as they do not declare majors.