Engineering Academy

Explore What it Means to Be an Engineer

July 15-20, 2018

At JBU's Engineering Summer Camp, you have an opportunity to explore the world of engineering! You will learn about electrical circuits, programming, 3D computer aided design, 3D printing, strength and mechanics of materials, smart materials, motors, batteries, and more. The week will include hands-on project design, building, and testing. You will learn how Christian principles relate to engineering and teamwork, and enjoy evening activities and field trips together with the other students. Explore engineering, build relationships, grow spiritually, and have fun!

Who should apply?: Current 9-11th graders* (10-12th grade as of Fall 2018) *Preference will be given to upperclassmen.

Cost: $400 (includes meals, field trips, and project materials).
          $99.50 for on-campus housing

Check out this article from NWA Democrat Gazette on the 2016 Engineering Summer Academy.

2016 Engineering Summer Academy Facebook photo album

We are currently full and accepting applications for the waitlist.

  1. Submit an Application
  2. Applications will be reviewed by the Engineering Department.  If accepted, you will need to:
  3. Submit a $100 deposit, OR mail a check made out to John Brown University to:

     John Brown University
     Attn: Academic Partnerships
     2000 W. University St.
     Siloam Springs, AR 72761

  1. Fill out the required forms.
  2. Contact us to confirm your balance and make a payment. 

Contact James Cooke at 479.524.7204 or ( with any application or Engineering questions!

Engineering Academy Faculty

Dr. Ted Song

Dr. Ted Song

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.S., University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Hanyang University

Dr. Ted Song joined the engineering faculty in August of 2012. Dr. Song received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Hanyang University (Seoul, Korea) in 2004 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX) in 2008 and 2012, respectively. His doctoral dissertation is in the area of mathematical modeling of renewable energy sources (e.g. photovoltaic and wind) and energy storage system (e.g. lithium-ion battery). He was an Army ROTC cadet during his undergraduate studies and served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the Republic of Korea Army from 2004 to 2006. While conducting research in the renewable energy area, he worked at various engineering companies and organizations including Samsung Electronics (Tangjeong, Korea), UNIDO-ICHET (Istanbul, Turkey), and NEC Laboratories America (Cupertino, CA). He also taught calculus at the University of Texas at Austin for four years and received the Texas Exes Teaching Award in 2012 sponsored by the alumni association. Dr. Song and his wife, Michelle, are excited to be a part of John Brown University, and he continually looks forward to helping students who are called to be Christian engineers.

Dr. Tim Gilmour

Dr. Tim Gilmour

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Cedarville University

Dr. Tim Gilmour joined the engineering faculty in August of 2012. Dr. Gilmour received his B.S.E.E. from Cedarville University in 2003, his M.S.E.E. from Penn State University in 2005, and his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2012. For his masters' research he tested different signal processing methods for brain-computer interfaces. For his doctoral research he applied signal processing to examine the effects of cell transplants on brain electrical activity in Parkinson's Disease. He has published four journal papers and presented seven conference abstracts. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends, reading, hiking, music, playing Frisbee and Ping-Pong, learning about other cultures, and spreading the good news about Jesus Christ.

Dr. Susan Newton

Dr. Susan Newton

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., University of Arkansas
M.S., University of Arkansas
B.S., John Brown University

Dr. Susan Newton served as faculty at John Brown University from 1991 to 1994 and returned to teaching in 2005. Dr. Newton's courses include Organic Chemistry class, Earth Science, Physical Science, Inorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry classes.

Dr. Newton was drawn to the study of Chemistry because of the incredible evidence of design. As she continues learning in the field she more deeply affirms that what exists in nature did not come about by random coincidence.

The classroom is not just a place of work for Dr. Newton, but a place to fulfill a calling in her life. Dr. Newton appreciates that other professors in the division also see their position as something more than just a job.

To make learning chemistry fun Dr. Newton incorporates practicality and competition to keep her students attention. She applies the principals of chemistry to things they will see in daily life, and creates competition through drills that require students to recall information taught in class