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, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mechatronics.
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.
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.
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. This concentration prepares you for a career in the local manufacturing industry or in global procurement and logistics.
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.
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.
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.
The Mechatronics concentration is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary area of study that integrates electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering. You'll learn about robotics applications and other electromechanical systems, including the hardware and software that make them work. Through your coursework, as you learn about green robotics, electronics, control systems, mechanics and vibrations, and digital design, you'll get insight into both the theory and practice of how to design and build exciting new technologies. Learning these skills will help you create versatile, innovative, and powerful systems that will help shape our world in the 21st century.
Life After Etown
Brandon Diaz ‘17
Currently working towards ph.d. at the university of pennsylvania.
Because of his experience at Etown, 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 Etown experience.
Mechanical Engineering Concentration
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 Etown, 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.
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
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
Elizabeth LePore ’22
Stamp Scholar explores Engineering and service at Etown
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
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.”
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.
Engineering Mission Statment
The Department of Engineering & Physics's principal goal is to prepare graduating students to successfully enter desired professional positions or graduate programs. This is achieved by challenging our students with a holistic education in engineering, the sciences, and the liberal arts. Our programs are born of a sense of cooperation between professors and students, and between student peers. In this supportive environment, we guide students to become increasingly self-aware of their strengths and to develop teamwork and communication skills. While theoretical and applied competence is the bedrock of our students' competitiveness, students also develop distinctive traits of caring and collaboration to move the world toward peace, non-violence, human dignity and social justice.
Program Educational Objectives
- Our graduates become industry and civic leaders, framing and defining the new challenges emerging in the 21st century. Elizabethtown graduates apply critical thinking skills developed in a broad liberal arts context to understand and communicate emerging problems.
- Prepared for a lifelong career, Elizabethtown engineers will thrive in a constantly changing world. They use their multidisciplinary engineering science foundation to move beyond conventional solutions to design, develop, and implement sustainable and innovative solutions.
- Our graduates utilize their personal and professional strengths and ethical reasoning to meet the needs of their local communities and our shared global community, creating social and economic value. Graduates embrace, persist through, and learn from challenges.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from Elizabethtown College’s engineering program will have:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Our Engineering major is distinct and personal:
Video by: Theresa M. Forcellini '15, Communications
|Academic Year||Total Declared Majors||Number of Degrees Awarded|
|2019-20||102 students||24 graduates|
|2018-19||85 students||28 graduates|
|2017-18||93 students||29 graduates|
|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.