JBU offers a choice of three concentrations for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree:
Students in the engineering program at John Brown University are encouraged to apply fundamentals learned in the classroom to real world, open-ended problems. They use Basic Utility Vehicle building competitions and design projects, such as creating devices to improve water filtration, to implement classroom learning.
These opportunities are integrated into the major to better equip students for post-graduate careers and ministry tasks. In addition to jobs such as consulting, teaching, and working as civic engineers, JBU's engineering program provides an excellent foundation for those planning to pursue a graduate degree and specialize in specific areas, such as biomedical engineering.
“Our professors were always there to assist us, and they have continued to support us in our ventures. Professors have helped guide us through adapting our senior design project for the non-profit market” said 2010 graduate Drew Thomason who studied mechanical engineering. “Now I am in graduate school studying Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State. I am thankful for the availability of JBU professors who offer help even after I’ve graduate.”
Each year, the department receives multiple requests for referrals from graduate schools familiar with the quality of graduates. There are opportunities for undergraduates, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduate. At the graduate level, schools like University of Michigan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, University of Arkansas, and University of Tulsa recruit JBU students.
Well-equipped laboratories and three dimensional (3-D) rapid prototyping tools assist students toward achieving success in their design projects. Recent grants for students’ design work include projects from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute for the Severely Handicapped (NISH), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These experiential projects give students hands-on interaction with technology, problem-solving, and practical applications.
Students apply their knowledge and faith as they move into career opportunities, mission efforts or continuing education.
“I work as an electrical designer for Benchmark Group,” said graduate Sam Stewart. “JBU’s Engineering program taught me how to approach a novel problem and think of a good way to solve it, not just how to solve textbook problems.”