Engineering - Overview

Since its inception in 2009 with four students and one professor, the Benedictine College School of Engineering has grown to over 225 students and 10 full-time professors (plus a full-time administrator and a laboratory manager). The School is quickly gaining regional and national acclaim for producing graduates whose minds have been uniquely formed in the liberal arts to approach problems from multiple perspectives, who are excellent communicators, who have extensive hands-on laboratory and design experience, and who have a desire to improve the lives of others by soundly and ethically applying technical engineering fundamentals.

The Benedictine College SoE currently offers programs in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. In Mechanical Engineering, graduates receive an ABET-accredited Mechanical Engineering degree from Benedictine College, while Chemical, Civil, and Electrical Engineering graduates receive ABET-accredited degrees in Chemical, Civil and Electrical Engineering from our partner, the University of North Dakota (UND). Non-Mechanical Engineering students receive an additional bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College in fields such as: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics – even Philosophy and Theology. Furthermore, our department is pursuing ABET-accreditation in Civil and Chemical Engineering, with plans to offer ABET-accredited single-degree options in Civil and Chemical Engineering in the near future. Following Civil and Chemical Engineering, our department will pursue ABET-accreditation in Electrical Engineering.

In the School of Engineering, each student has an engineering professor for their faculty advisor, who personally helps them achieve their goals. With small classes, professors tailor education to each individual student, and professors help students take advantage of the School’s supportive community environment. Students work together on many class projects, Discovery Day projects, and in student chapters of professional organizations (e.g., American Society of Mechanical Engineers). At graduation, students are prepared to contribute to the world’s best companies, or pursue further studies, motivated by a desire to be lifelong learners.