Engineering & Design

The Engineering & Design Department, in the College of Science and Engineering, offers students five Bachelor of Science degrees: Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Plastics & Composites Engineering, Industrial Design, and Industrial Technology-Vehicle Design. These programs place an emphasis on practical laboratory experiences, in addition to theoretical course work. Each program’s curriculum is designed with input from strong industrial advisory committees to prepare students for professional positions in industry.


Graduates of the programs have consistently been placed in positions appropriate to their field of study. Companies that employ graduates include: Alpha, Boeing, CH2M-Hill, Cypress Semiconductor, Daktronics, Fleck, Fluke, Janicki, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Nike, Physio-Control, PACCAR, Pro-CNC, Rane Corporation, Rothenbuhler Engineering, SpaceX, TEAGUE, Tempress, Triquest, and Universal Avionics.

Current Students

Students have numerous opportunities to participate in projects and undergraduate research with faculty members. Additionally, students can choose to work on projects directly with industry partners as part of their course work. Some of the companies that have participated in research projects include Avante, Conterra, PACAAR, Nike, Tethers Unlimited, Hexcel,  R&D Plastics, and Zodiac Aerospace.

  • Society of Automotive Engineers students on a test run in the Formula car.
  • Industrial Design Juniors 2016-2017: Noah Lanphear, Aidan Lee, Sam Weaver, Josh Pehrson, Julien Hein, Kevin White, Dong Han, Kenji Kimura, Linsey Gardner, Lisa Collander, Ellen Huynh, Matthew Hoogestraat
  • Society of Women Engineers National Conference in Philadelphia October 2016 from left: Sara Johnson, Fahren Mansour, Maria Waters, Allyce Froning, Myann Refai, Soren Wellman, Tri Truong
  • Allyce Froning, a senior Manufacturing Engineering student, was chosen as a top ten finalist at the National SWE Conference in October for her research project.
  • Gabriel Hill (left) and Chris Carpenter (right), both Plastics & Composites Engineering students, at a recent conference discussing their research project that is sponsored by Zodiac Aerospace.
  • Engineering students interned at SpaceX this past summer.
    2016 SpaceX interns and alumni pictured: (Top row) Bryant Idzik, Rachel Leacock, Kate Peltonen, Colin VanDeMark, Cloe Boland (Middle Row) Clayton Button (Bottom Row) Andrew Call, Andrew Squires, Noah Katz, Stefan Weiss, Jake Moomaw
  • Outstanding Seniors 2015-16: Andrew Hollcraft (PCE), Victor Perez (EE), Jolee Nebert (ID), Kyle White (ME) and Jacob Blagg (ITVD)
  • The Smart Solar Window team, made up of students from Engineering & Design, College of Business and Economics and the Chemistry Department, won a $75k grant from the EPA.

Upcoming Dates

Date Title Location
Apr 14 12:00pm
Application for Department Scholarships Due
Online Application
Apr 18 10:00am to 6:30pm
2017 Energy Symposium
Apr 21 12:00pm
ID Entrance Portfolios
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