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Department of Engineering

Department of Engineering

Department of Engineering at Messiah University

Messiah is one of only a handful of Christian colleges in the country with an accredited engineering program, but even among Christian colleges we feel that our approach is unique.

Program distinctives:

Messiah has been named several times to the Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges.  Service to others is a hallmark of Messiah’s Christian tradition. We therefore require our students to not only be technically competent, but also to apply their knowledge to service projects in real, tangible ways – in both the engineering curriculum and through student-led projects. All students participate in a multi-year project-based learning experience that has a Christian missionary or ministry as a primary partner. Often, this leads us toward meeting the basic physical needs of underserved communities. At Messiah, “Christ Preeminent” is more than just our motto – it’s the way we live.

The mission of Messiah University is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Graduates of the Engineering Program will therefore be technically competent, broadly educated and prepared for interdisciplinary work in the global workplace.  The character and conduct of Messiah Engineering graduates will be consistent with Christian faith commitments. We accomplish this mission through engineering instruction and experiences, an education in the liberal arts tradition and mentoring relationships with students.

The mission of the Engineering Department comprises three elements: technical competency, breadth of education, and consistency with Christian faith commitments. The following program educational objectives describe the desired characteristics of our graduates. In order to ensure that the student experience is on a trajectory to meet the objectives, students demonstrate successful preparation towards these attributes by achieving the following outcomes:

As evidence of technical competency, Messiah Engineers will demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

As evidence of a broad education, Messiah Engineers will demonstrate:

  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

  • an ability to communicate effectively

  • an ability to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

  • a knowledge of contemporary issues

In a manner consistent with Christian faith and relevant to Engineering applications, Messiah Engineers will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

  • an integration of Christian faith, learning, and professional life

Our Engineering program is currently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) to offer the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (BSE), including all associated concentrations. Discipline-specific degrees (e.g. BSBME, BSCE, BSEE, BSME) cannot be reviewed for accreditation until a student graduates with each degree. Program leadership has designed new degrees with accreditation expectations in mind. We anticipate an accreditation review for each discipline-specific degree during the 2022-23 academic year.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
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Baltimore MD 21202-4012

A thorough grounding in engineering fundamentals prepares Messiah graduates for lifelong learning. Students have an opportunity to apply engineering principles to engineering design projects that have a real impact for the partner organization or community.

Caring Christian professors encourage each Messiah student to reach his or her potential.  Our students enjoy small classes and plenty of one-on-one support from a faculty with both teaching and industry experience. Most significantly, our professors work alongside students in projects with worldwide impact and prepare students for lives of leadership and servanthood.

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