Engineering Mission Statement



The engineering program engages students in a rigorous, challenging, and comprehensive study of the fundamentals in engineering, mathematics, and science required to analyze, design, build, test and operate electromechanical systems in a manner that emphasizes interdisciplinary leadership that contributes to the profession and to society.


Program 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 organization.
  • Strong ethical standards and a sense of stewardship with economic and ecological resources consistent with Catholic Social Teaching.

Connections to the Four Dispositions of the Loras Educated Person

The following describes the relationship between the program educational objectives for the Loras engineering program and the dispositions of the Loras graduate. The Dispositions and the Life Long Learning Skills of the Loras Graduate articulate the overall educational objectives for the college. Not surprisingly there is a strong relationship between the two sets of objectives.
The four dispositions of Loras Graduate are Active learner, Responsible Contributor, Ethical Decision Maker, and Reflective Thinker. These four dispositions make up the structure of the College’s Mission. Our program supports these four dispositions in the following ways.

Active learners: The mission of the Engineering Program is to challenge the students. The engineering laboratory is an obvious place for active learning. However, classroom work also requires the students be active participants in working problems and discussion of topics.

Responsible Contributors: A sense of stewardship is cultivated through service done by the engineering club and projects in upper level courses. Contributing to the profession and/or the community are two more ways that engineers can share their gifts. The second Program Educational Objective matches this disposition.

Ethical Decision Makers: Engineers are required by their code of ethics to “do the right thing” in all situations. In the first year, the students study the Engineering code of ethics as prescribed by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Practicing engineers from Loras College are expected to follow this code of ethics.

Reflective Thinkers: Design and analysis of designs require reflection upon the design process used and the design or analysis itself. Engineers are expected to employ sound judgment when making design decisions. Software tools and computers can do much of the calculations and simulation of design, but cannot balance all of the factors involved in a design. Simply put, engineering graduates learn to step back and look at results and ask the question: “Does this make sense?”
 

Student Outcomes 

Upon graduation from the Loras Engineering Program a student will have demonstrated the following:
  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, ethical, safety, and manufacturability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.   
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems using appropriate mathematics, science, and engineering knowledge.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. 
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 


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