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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?

  • Learn in a personal, hands-on environment. We keep our class sizes small so students can receive individualized instruction. View enrollment and graduation data for our program.
  • Work on meaningful projects that parallel real-world research and development, including co-curricular assignments such as CubeSat and stratospheric exploration. 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.
  • Build community and prepare for your career by joining Whitworth's Physics and Engineering Collective or studying in the department's new student lounge.
  • Become who you're meant to be.
  • Learn more about our program educational objectives and student outcomes.

Our 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.

Graduates of Whitworth's engineering & physics department* are working in a variety of positions and fields, including:

  • Caleb Bertolini, spacecraft attitude control engineer, Lockheed Martin, Colorado Springs
  • Kallen Randall, engineer, Snohomish County PUD, Everett, Wash.
  • Joe Green, sales representative, Paycom, Portland, Ore.
  • Ace Nasri, project manager, HST Construction, Bellevue, Wash.
  • David Hoff, engineering program manager, Apple, Cupertino, Calif.
  • James Mitchell, engineer, Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Amanda Teblunthuis, family medicine resident physician, Kaiser Permanente, Seattle

Recent engineering & physics department grads* further their studies in top programs at institutions including:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Washington
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas, Austin

*The lists above do not include graduates with a B.S. in engineering, since Whitworth's engineering major is a recent offering that will produce its first graduates in May 2021.

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

Ask Professor Zemke

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

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.

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.

Ask Assistant Professor Measor

Assistant Professor Philip Measor studied electrical engineering with an emphasis in applied optics.

What related majors can I explore?