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About Us - Mission Statement

Calvin students work together with Engineering professor Matthew Heun to install a wind turbine.

Calling    

The engineering program equips students to glorify God by meeting the needs of the world with responsible and caring engineering.

Distinctives

Our program is marked by these features:

Christian
Integrating Christian faith into the curriculum as a foundation for understanding the role of technology in society and for forming engineers with a vocation of service to the world, including those who may be underserved
Interdisciplinary
Emphasizing that today’s complex problems require integration and analysis across engineering disciplines as well as the inclusion of liberal arts context to inform engineering design decision-making, extend critical thinking, and advance communication skills
Student-Focused
Creating a learning community that features small class sizes and a faculty committed to undergraduate teaching and mentoring
Practical
Infusing the classroom with real-world engineering experience, challenging students to address open-ended design problems with multiple constraints in a team environment, and facilitating internships for students
Sustainable
Advocating a thoughtful framework for technological development that stewards the resources of the world to enable the long term flourishing of human and non-human aspects of God’s creation
Global
Sponsoring opportunities to prepare graduates for participation in the international marketplace and involvement in addressing the challenges faced by people in the developing world
Innovative
Encouraging the cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset, business acumen, and the leadership and life-long learning skills that contribute to the growth of enterprises that build communities

Educational Objectives

The BSE degree from Calvin College is designed to provide a foundation for productive engineering work in God’s world. The objectives of the program are that recent graduates will

  • apply and develop the basic principles and skills necessary for engineering (including mathematics, the sciences, business and the humanities) for appropriate assessment and analysis of current and complex problems.
  • creatively generate innovative solutions to problems and move them toward successful implementation.
  • contribute and communicate ideas successfully in multidisciplinary environments, exhibiting awareness of cultural context and team dynamics.
  • demonstrate commitment to social responsibility, sustainability, and the continued learning necessary to address the pressing problems of our contemporary world.

The long term goal is for our graduates to become kingdom servants whose faith leads them to lives of integrity and excellence, called to leadership with a prophetic voice advocating for appropriate technologies.

Related Links

  • The expected outcomes for our graduates (note how these ABET requirements are influenced by our Christian character and convictions).