"Preparing engineering students of excellence and character, with a Christian worldview, who are called to serve, equipped to lead and sent to engage the world with their lives and the appropriate use of technology."
CBU College of Engineering Distinctives
A caring, Christ-centered, learning community.
In practice this means we encourage and facilitate a place where each person cares as much about their fellow classmates' success as their own. Taking Christ's attitude of service into the classroom yields an environment where students will learn important things from each other and industry representatives as well as from their professors. Learning is a "holy" activity that is liberating, challenging, fun and equips one for a life of service. "God uses prepared people."
Both "excellent" and "average" students will have opportunities for growth.
The true test of an excellent program is not how many A+ students are sent on to top graduate schools. (Although, we have had our share of students who have gone on to MIT, Oregon Graduate Institute, Penn State, Stanford, University of Colorado, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, etc.) Rather, the true test of a program is if it can take an "average C to B student" and produce a very good engineer. A+ students are made better engineers by both teaching and learning from students with different capabilities and strengths than their own. "Average" students can achieve amazing things when their strengths and weaknesses are identified early and they have an opportunity to contribute with their strengths and receive additional attention in their areas of weakness. A recent Cambridge study highlighted a controversial fact: Expertise is developed not born. One former CBU student who had a "D" in his first year of engineering mathematics received personal help and is now the head engineer at a company producing state-of-the-art supercomputers that fit in a briefcase.
Hands-on, team-oriented design projects all four years.
Starting with a design project in their freshman year and culminating with a yearlong, cross-disciplinary, industry supervised capstone design project their senior year, all of our students will be able to practice their passion to work with things and not just ideas. An emphasis will be on team projects, which in order to be successful will require students to learn how to communicate and to draw out the abilities of each person on the team.
Required internships within an industry or with a nonprofit organization.
One of the most important parts of your college training will be learning in a real engineering job. You will have a special course to prepare you for this first engineering job. Although the school maintains relationships with many industries in the area that offer internships and will facilitate your finding an internship wherever you are from, ultimately the responsibility will be yours. Your official internship will be the summer following your junior year or after, although other opportunities may occur for you to work in an industry. You will be required to turn in an executive summary of your work to your boss and present your work experience to your peers following the minimum number of experience hours. Your work performance (both technical and soft engineering skills) will be assessed by your boss. Previous internship programs under the dean have led to the average intern evaluation score to be 4.44 out of 5 as determined by their bosses.
The mathematics required for engineering is taught just in time, in context and with hands-on labs.
Math is taught using engineering applications by people who understand the teaching of math in the context of engineering. Math concepts are taught just-in-time as part of the core engineering and physics classes and are reinforced by hands-on labs.
Training in project management and an exposure to the business side of engineering.
Industrial representatives continue to emphasize that they wish new engineers had more project management experience. Engineering students in their junior year will be working with and co-mentoring business students. Our goal is that eventually all students in our program will develop one of their own creative ideas and go through the process to receive a provisional patent.
Emphasis on both soft and hard engineering skill sets.
An engineering degree tells an employer that you have learned how to learn (thus, you are teachable) and that you have persevered. However, they will most often hire you based on your "soft" engineering skill sets, namely: your ability to communicate (oral and written), your ability to relate to and get along with other people on a team, your willingness to learn new things and take initiative, your attitude toward people and work, etc. In short, it's not what you know but who you are as a person. During your sophomore year we will place an emphasis on developing a heart and mind for engineering as service. This will serve as a foundation for small group discussions of leadership, emotional intelligence and global awareness topics during your junior year. You will be required to participate in and facilitate these groups and put into practice the things you discuss on your numerous team projects. You will have numerous opportunities to improve your writing through the use of executive summaries, developing project specifications and project documentation.
This soft engineering skill set development will not replace becoming technically competent. All students will be required to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering practice exam or equivalent program assessment in order to graduate.
All students will have a cross-cultural experience.
This can be achieved several ways: participating in an International or Engineering Service Project (ISP or ESP), choosing a senior capstone project with cross-cultural emphasis, taking ICS405 (Marketplace Strategies for Global Advancement) with an engineering final thesis or studying abroad.
The current dean understands the value of engineering in a global context and the importance of becoming globally aware having spent almost two years in India as a tentmaker in the "Silicon Valley of Asia" as well as participated in student-led missions projects in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
Currently, opportunities are being developed for engineering students to travel to and work in China, India, Korea, Rwanda, the Caribbean and Central America.
All students are highly recommended to develop and maintain an electronic portfolio.
This portfolio will include samples of their academic work, a current résumé, their reflections on the CBU mission statement and departmental goals. This will be an organizing medium and allow the student to market themselves at a professional level upon graduation.
College of Engineering scholarships based on academic merit are available. Interested students are encouraged to contact email@example.com for more information.
CBU's College of Engineering Goals
- To be a school that reflects the institutional commitment of fulfilling its God ordained role in the great commission.
- To be a school that is sensitive to the Holy Spirit and thus models a globally aware and engaging Christ-like community to all of its constituents.
- To be a school that produces graduates of competence and character who are informed by the Christian worldview and thus are called to serve, equipped to lead and sent to engage the world with their lives and the appropriate use of technology.
- To be a school that provides an excellent dynamic curriculum taught by highly competent and caring faculty.
- To be a school that plays a decisive role in strategically motivating young people to pursue engineering and science as a vocation.
- To be the school of choice for Christian engineering prospective students worldwide beginning with California.
- To be the school of choice for new Christian faculty and staff in the field of engineering who are called to the Christian academic environment either as employees or while on sabbatical.
- To be the school of choice for hiring from individuals, businesses and organizations who share our values and need competent, personable and value-centered engineering graduates.
CBU's College of Engineering Program Objectives
We believe that achievement and ongoing development of all of the engineering program objectives are dependent upon a thorough understanding of the Christian worldview and its implications and relevance for the individual and their interaction with and service to humanity. Hence our first goal is foundational to all of the rest.
Our alumni will show evidence of integrating a Christian worldview into their life and vocation by following the example of Christ in being an articulate, ethical and empowered servant leader. This implies being aware of and meeting the needs of humanity by doing most if not all of the following:
- serving community and faith-based organizations,
- serving professional societies,
- and serving employers by being a steward of time, competencies and resources.
Our alumni will show competence to apply fundamental engineering concepts in a professional setting by active participation in professional engineering activities. These activities will involve some of the following: creating, researching, innovating, designing, building, testing, inspecting, evaluating, estimating, planning, allocating, forecasting, selling, educating, communicating and collaborating.
Our alumni will continue to develop professionally through involvement in postgraduate learning activities. These activities would include participating in training or continued education, receiving a postgraduate degree, attending and or delivering presentations, papers or posters at professional conferences, taking and passing the EIT and PE exam, and/or attending or delivering presentations at professional society meetings or in academic and educational settings.
Our alumni will show evidence of success in at least one of a variety of postgraduate experiences. These experiences include but are not limited to employment in industry, public service, education, missions/NGO's, and/or participation in graduate school, and success could be demonstrated through achievements such as promotion, completion of an advanced degree or awards.