Edward F. Cross School of Engineering

Edward F. Cross School of Engineering
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Be an agent of change.

Engineers are the agents of change in almost all aspects of our society. They make it possible for us to communicate, travel, and harness and efficiently use energy supplies. An engineering education at Walla Walla University can be your first step toward this challenging and rewarding career. 

WWU's Edward F. Cross School of Engineering is recognized for its successful graduates.  Founded in 1947, we offer a baccalaureate degree in engineering with concentrations in Bioengineering, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, an interdisciplinary program in Bioengineering Science and a certificate program, the Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis (GHEE) are offered.

If you enjoy...

  • problem-solving
  • creating something new
  • math

You may enjoy studying engineering at WWU. By combining personal faculty mentoring and hands-on experience with research and technologies, the School of Engineering helps students get ahead in the 21st century with high-quality training. Our program emphasizes critical thinking and practical approaches to problem-solving—skills needed in the modern marketplace.

By design, our program is highly personal and intensely interactive. Professors will challenge you in rigorous classes; yet provide the support you need to succeed. Our faculty recognize engineering as a socially responsible profession and by example, encourage a commitment to Christian principles in both the personal and professional arena. Earning a degree in engineering also gives you access to work in a wide variety of industries including (to name a few):

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture/farming
  • Defense/security
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • National laboratories
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Trade
  • Transportation

The Edward F. Cross School of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with five possible concentration options, an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science, and a certificate. Learn more >

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The five concentrations:

Bioengineering is  concerned with designing products and systems based on the biological and medical sciences, and includes implants, cellular and tissue engineering, and biomedical devices.

Civil Engineering is concerned with structural, environmental, urban and transportation systems.

Computer Engineering is  concerned with the design, development, manufacture and application of computer hardware and software.

Electrical Engineering is concerned with the utilization of electrical systems for communication, computation, control and energy generation and distribution.

Mechanical Engineering is  concerned with machines, vehicle production processing, combustion, propulsion, power generation and environmental systems. 

Bioengineering Science.  The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Bioengineering Science is intended primarily for students planning to pursue advanced studies in bioengineering or a related science, medicine, dentistry, public health, or physiology.

Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis (GHEE) The Global Humanitarian Engineering (GHE) Emphasis is an optional credential available to engineering or bioengineering students in any concentration.

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American Society of Civil Engineers
ASCE's mission is to provide essential value to our members, their careers, our partners and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning and promoting the profession. National ASCE Website >

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To promote and enhance the technical competency and professional well-being of our members, and through quality programs and activities in mechanical engineering, better enable its practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind. National ASME Website >

Bioengineering Club
The bioengineering club is open to anyone who has an interest in science, pre-med, medicine, biomedical engineering, and biochemistry and provides members with the opportunity to be a part of a larger community and benefit from collaborations between students and teachers.

Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) Projects help developing communities worldwide with their engineering needs, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students. Engineers Without Borders at Walla Walla University (EWB-WWU) is a student chapter of EWB-USA. 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Want to work in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or a field related to electronics? Join IEEE and use this site to watch for scholarships, chat with like-minded people, check the club events calendar, and more! National IEEE Website >

Society of Women Engineers
While most SWE members are women engineers or engineering students located in the United States and Puerto Rico, anyone who supports the organization's objectives may apply for membership. One main objective of SWE is to serve as a center of information for women and men alike in engineering.


Egg Drop

In this annual competition, participants test the design and construction of previously constructed egg-safety devices by tossing an egg within their device off the roof of Kretschmar Hall. Judging criteria includes whether or not the egg is intact after the fall and how close the device lands to a frying pan placed on the ground. 

View the official rules >   Registration form >

Last update on January 18, 2019