SAU unveils new Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

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SAU is excited to announce the launch of a new Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program, set to begin in the fall of 2019. The program will include a biomedical (bio-electrical) engineering concentration, and will be offered on SAU’s main campus. The degree is designed to be completed in four years. Students will study and have hands-on projects in cutting edge technologies including biomedical, internet, automotive, communications, and app development for cell phones and tablets. Along with the new electrical engineering major comes the installation of a new department of engineering at SAU, of which Dr. Ronald DeLap will serve as chair. DeLap has an extensive background as a practicing engineer and as leader of highly successful university-level engineering programs.

SAU’s electrical engineering program will be distinguished by a strong, hands-on component that will move students quickly from theory to designing and creating; high levels of engagement and mentoring between faculty and students; a strong foundation in the liberal arts; classroom integration of faith and learning; and International Cross Cultural Studies requirements and funding.

“Engineers have the privilege and responsibility of developing and keeping God’s creation,” says DeLap. “They have a unique, God-given calling to serve in ways that address the brokenness of a fallen world.  We have designed our program from the ground up, so that SAU students will acquire the technical skills needed to be outstanding engineers, while developing a mindset focused on service to God and honoring his creation.”

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering will be technically strong and rich in the liberal arts, giving students the added benefits of higher levels of creativity, communication skills, cultural literacy and the ability to understand engineering needs from perspectives of service and empathy.

“We’re excited to unveil this innovative approach to electrical engineering,” says Dr. Carol Green, Vice President for Academic Affairs at SAU. “The addition of the electrical engineering major enriches what SAU has to offer to students and will help our community and state to understand our commitment to providing innovative programs while still holding true to our expertise in the liberal arts and our commitment to Christian education.”

Upon graduation, electrical engineering students at SAU will be prepared to enter the workforce with the skills, knowledge and creativity they’ll need to succeed in their high-demand profession. During their courses, they will learn to design, build, maintain and improve devices that meet industry needs and positively impact society and the broader creation.

On April 15, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approved SAU’s request to offer an electrical engineering major, effectively adding the program to the broader 10-year accreditation SAU received from the HLC in 2018. Further accreditation through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is required for the program, and SAU intends to apply for ABET accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program at the first available opportunity, once the first class of SAU engineering students graduates in 2023. Given that Dr. Delap has successfully led five ABET accreditation efforts throughout his career, we are confident that engineering at SAU is in good hands. 

Find out more about electrical engineering at SAU at arbor.edu/engineering.

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