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Engineering, B.S.

Engineering is the application of science and technology to meet the needs of people. It makes a functioning society possible. As a Whitworth engineering major, you will become prepared to create engineering solutions for humanity. You will learn to consider the impacts of these solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts as informed by a Christian perspective.

Why major in engineering at Whitworth?

  • Gain hands-on experience through projects that parallel real-world research and development. The major culminates in a yearlong capstone design project.
  • Express your creativity. You will enjoy a certain level of freedom with design and lab projects. Professors will offer their assistance but will leave the decisions to you.
  • Receive holistic mentoring. Whitworth engineering & physics professors are committed to helping you grow both academically and personally.
  • Benefit from a liberal arts education. Whitworth students become skilled at listening, reading, writing, presenting and collaborating – all crucial abilities for an effective engineer.
  • Discover your vocation and purpose. You will explore the concept of work from a Christian perspective, considering how you can use your career to contribute to society.
  • Sharpen your leadership skills by working in the Whitworth Engineering & Physics Department. Students may apply for positions as tutors, teaching assistants and research assistants.
  • Join Whitworth's Physics and Engineering Collective to develop department camaraderie and to prepare for your career.
  • Study and build community in the department's new student lounge.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our engineering grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Graduates most often land positions in engineering or other technical professions. They work for companies, governments and universities.

Our graduates are working in a variety of positions and fields, including:

  • Amy Hooper, environmental, health & safety consultant, Spring Environmental, Spokane
  • Caleb Bertolini, satellite systems engineer associate, Lockheed Martin, Colorado Springs
  • Michael Woodkey, civil engineer, Gray & Osborne, Yakima, Wash.
  • Joe Green, engineer sales, Pioneer Metal Finishing, Portland, Ore.
  • Ryan Richardson, embedded software engineer, Raytheon, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Ace Nasri, project engineer, HST Construction, Bellevue, Wash.

Our recent engineering grads further their studies in top programs at institutions including:

  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Washington
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Southern California

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Gain job experience through an internship, which is required for all engineering majors. Students have recently interned at Knutzen Engineering, the Naval Underwater Warfare Center, Texas A&M University and the State University of New York at Geneseo.
  • Use our shop facilities to work on your own projects. We have 3D printers, a laser cutter and more to help transform your designs into reality.
  • Join the Physics and Engineering Collective in a tour of a local engineering company or let off some steam in the annual PEC dodgeball tournament.
  • Engage in service-learning. Through the Physics Outreach course, you can help middle school students design experiments and send them to the stratosphere with a weather balloon.

Ask our faculty

Steven Zemke

Ask Professor Zemke

Professor Steven Zemke is a mechanical engineer with an extensive industrial background in design.

Kamesh Sankaran

Ask Professor Sankaran

Professor Kamesh Sankaran studied aerospace engineering and plasma physics at Princeton University and now does computational research on next-generation plasma thrusters for space travel.

Markus Ong

Ask Associate Professor Ong

Associate Professor Markus Ong studied materials science and engineering at Stanford University and then worked at Sandia National Laboratories before coming to Whitworth.

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