Every day engineers delve into problems and are challenged to develop the solutions. They make it possible for us to communicate, travel, and harness and efficiently use energy supplies. A degree in engineering from WWU’s Edward F. Cross School of Engineering will prepare you to be the solution in this challenging and rewarding career path.
The School of Engineering offers a baccalaureate degree in engineering with concentrations in Bioengineering, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as an interdisciplinary program in Bioengineering Science and a certificate program, the Global Humanitarian Engineering Emphasis (GHEE). These programs will give you the ability to specialize in the areas that interest you most while building a strong, practical foundation to equip you to pursue the jobs that appeal to you. See what makes our engineering program stand out from the crowd.
Are you captivated by the intricacy and complexity of biological processes, and the possibility of solving complex medical and biological problems?
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):
- National laboratories
- Sustainability and the environment
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
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.
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.
What to look for in a quality engineering program
(and how the WWU School of Engineering measures up)
Access to quality facilities
Engineering students (freshmen through seniors) have access to top-notch laboratory facilities both for classes and for independent projects. Since 2004, the university has invested more than one million dollars in new engineering laboratory equipment. State-of-the-art fabrication and prototyping equipment allows students to construct and test their designs. Take a virtual tour of our facilities.
Interaction with experienced professors
Students receive individualized attention and regular face time with full-time faculty. Engineering classes are generally taught by full-time faculty, rather than by graduate students. This enables students to build relationships with faculty who can provide not only helpful guidance through college, but also good recommendations for internships during college and job opportunities after college. Meet the professors you'll be learning from.
The program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, or its predecessor, since 1971.
A capstone project is required of all engineering students to graduate. Research opportunities are also available in collaboration with local companies and agencies, and with Loma Linda University.
Engineering students make a difference in the world through Engineers Without Borders (EWB), student mission assignments, and local and international short-term mission projects. Over the last ten years, the WWU chapter of EWB has conducted multi-year engagements in Honduras, Peru, and India, including building, water, and renewable power design and construction projects. For a typical project abroad, students raise funds, plan, and design the needed infrastructure, and then travel to the country to assist the local people in construction.
Founded in 1947, the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering has graduated more than 1,400 students to date. From the beginning it has focused on preparing graduates for both professional engineering practice and graduate school. It is the flagship engineering program in Seventh-day Adventist higher education.
Our graduates are in high demand in various industries, including major corporations like Space X, Boeing, JPL, and Microsoft, and are noted for their technical maturity and ethical understanding. Our graduates also get accepted to the most prestigious graduate schools, often obtaining full rides—schools like Cal Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, MIT, Purdue, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and USC.
Active student organization
Our students lead numerous engineering clubs: Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society for biological Engineering (SBE), Society for Women in Engineering (SWE), and Robotics. Through involvement in these clubs, students develop leadership skills and participate in professional activities with practicing engineers in the local area.
The WWU engineering curriculum is updated regularly to reflect changes in the state of the art and the needs of industry. The program has always included a rigorous foundation in engineering fundamentals across the core disciplines of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.
Connection with the arts
Our students benefit from studying at a liberal arts university where there are strong humanities programs. Engineering students can join the Honors General Studies Program, work on projects with students from a variety of disciplines, or complete minors or double majors in fields like art or music themselves. This ensures our graduates are well-rounded.