The Loras College Engineering program provides students the opportunity to develop strong technical and design skills.
Within the ABET-accredited General Engineering major, students can choose among three areas of concentration: Biomedical, Computer, and Electromechanical. Each of these concentrations incorporates both theory and design, preparing students for professional careers after graduation. Students pursuing the Biomedical track are prepared to design and test electrical and mechanical systems that interface with biological systems. Students pursuing the Computer track focus on the development of computer-controlled electrical and mechanical systems. Finally, students pursuing the Electromechanical track emphasize the design, development, and testing of mechanical systems with electronic controls.
Engineering Student Experience Examples
Building solar panels at our adopted Catholic high school in Haiti allowed students to apply their engineering knowledge, advance their commitment to sustainability and provide service to those who are truly in need.
Introducing the “E-Walk” so that Loras personnel from the Provost to Campus Safety staff can traverse the campus in sustainable, affordable, and efficient ways.
Creating the Loras logo for entry signs to the College as a senior capstone to demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively and provide a lasting gift to their alma mater.
Serving a Dubuque Stamp and Manufacturing Internship whereby our students designed the entire 40,000 square foot facility expansion.
Designing a functional, programmable, and user-friendly gaming console (e.g., Wii, Xbox) or green board that was selected as the first place winner at a prestigious regional competition.
For the past two years, 100% of Loras Engineering graduates have passed a mock assessment of the national Fundamental of Engineering exam (50% is the national average).
Student Learning Outcomes – Engineering
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
An ability to apply both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process, resulting in designs that meet desired needs.
An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyse and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
An ability to recognize the ongoing need for additional knowledge and locate, evaluate, integrate, and apply this knowledge appropriately.
An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyse risk and uncertainty.
The Loras College Engineering Programme is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Our ABET accreditation ensures our Engineering program meets the highest quality standards. We are one of only a few Engineering programs in Iowa accredited by ABET.
Loras Engineering Programme Mission
The engineering program engages students in a rigorous, challenging, and comprehensive study of the fundamentals in engineering, mathematics, and science required to analyse, design, build, test, and operate engineered systems in a manner that emphasizes interdisciplinary leadership that contributes to the profession and to society.
Programme Educational Objectives:
Within 3 to 5 years after graduation, graduates of the engineering program at Loras College will demonstrate the following:
The ability to employ their knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of engineering in one or more of the following pursuits:
Demonstrating proficiency in the engineering profession performing one or more of the following: research and development activities of design, build, test, verification, and documentation.
Studying in a graduate school program in engineering or a closely related field.
Using their problem-solving and analytical skills to benefit society in a positive way through volunteer work or in a nonprofit organisation.
Strong ethical standards and a sense of stewardship with economic and ecological resources consistent with Catholic Social Teaching.
Upon graduation from the Loras Engineering Programme a student will have demonstrated the following:
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyse and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
“What can you do with an Engineering degree?”
As an Engineering major, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers: