Engineering & Physics Department
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the department of Engineering and Physics at Harding University, welcome to our website!
Now is an excellent time to undertake an undergraduate study in engineering and physics. The global challenges that we will face in the future will require innovative solutions which will likely include creative and novel uses of existing technology and the development of new technology. Challenges such as clean and sustainable energy, efficient transport (air,sea and land), security (including information security), clean water resources, health care, environmental protection and economic stability represent major concerns worldwide. Engineers and Physicists will undoubtedly play major roles in addressing these issues.
The faculty and staff are committed to providing an undergraduate experience in Engineering and Physics that emphasizes the Christian World view. We are also committed to providing the skills and knowledge necessary for future professional engineers and physicists. Our overarching goal is to provide an educational experience that develops a Christian World view while training our students to work in highly technical and multidisciplinary fields.
I invite you to peruse our web pages and see for yourself the wonderful and exciting opportunities that Harding provides for making a positive difference in the world!
Chair, Dr. Zane Gastineau
Pryor-England Sci 305
Mission & Accreditation
The mission of the Department of Engineering and Physics is to prepare Christian professionals to assume engineering and physics leadership roles to improve the quality of life for individuals and society.
To accomplish this mission the faculty of the Department of Engineering and Physics is committed to:
- Attracting highly talented and motivated students to the Engineering and Physics professions.
- Developing relevant technical skills in our students.
- Developing communication and teamwork skills in our students.
- Raising awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities to society.
- Instilling a desire and ability for life-long learning in our students.
The engineering department at Harding has students pursuing undergraduate degrees in Biomedical, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering as well as Physics. Elements of mathematics, physical science, engineering science, engineering design, and Christian ethics are interwoven to provide a balanced education in the fundamentals of the profession. The various degree programs are described in detail in the pages of this site.
The Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
The educational objectives of the Harding University Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Programs is to produce graduates who
- apply technical knowledge and problem-solving skills to serve community, society and profession;
- apply fundamental concepts of engineering to pursue advance studies or continue their professional development throughout their careers; and
- demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly, work in team settings effectively and function responsibly in diverse environments.
Crews Family Endowment for Engineering Scholarship
Three scholarships are available for incoming freshmen planning to major in engineering at Harding University. The scholarships are funded by the Crews Family Endowment for Engineering, which is an endowment set up by a very generous family of an engineering alumnus to help students start their engineering careers at Harding.
The endowment will fund two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship for the 2015–2016 academic year, with one-half given the Fall semester and one-half given the Spring semester.
To be considered for an engineering scholarship, the student must
- Apply and be accepted into the Fall 2015 class at Harding as a freshman
- Declare Biomedical, Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering as their primary major
Students receiving the scholarships must maintain full time status for both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.
The scholarships may be continued for one additional year (i.e., through the students’ sophomore year) as long the students remain full time for the full duration of the scholarship, keep an engineering major as their primary major, maintain a Harding cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, and progress in the declared engineering major by taking engineering major classes. Scholarship funds will be applied to the students' Harding University accounts.
To apply for the engineering scholarship, students must fill out the Crews Family Endowment for Engineering Scholarship Application (MS Word or PDF). The elements considered in awarding the scholarship include the student’s demonstrated diligence, capability, leadership, scholarship, financial need and thoughts expressed in a required essay on the topic, “What it means to be a Christian engineer.” Application forms may be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 501–279–5314.The deadline for completing the application forms is April 7, 2015. Award announcements will be made by the end of April, 2015.
The Engineering Service Project class give students the opportunity to use their engineering skills to develop resources for focusing on underprivileged areas of the world. The students learn to balance innovation and technology with resources, materials and skills available in that area. Our first two trips have been taken to a mission and school in Haiti. The students designed a well apparatus to allow the Haitians to install water wells in villages that did not have a source of clean water. The students also built a wall to help make the mission and school more secure.