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About the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering

At its very core, an engineer is in the business of making people’s lives better.

By understanding need.  Solving problems. Offering better solutions or new solutions. Protecting safety, wellbeing, and more.

Headshot of David Elrod

David Elrod, Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Engineering

This intimate relationship between the profession and people is why we believe Lipscomb offers an unusual, and unusually advantageous, engineering education—students here not only get a superior background in the academics of engineering, but they are taught in a faith-based environment where sensitivity to people and their needs is paramount.

Upon graduation, your resume will show how well you know your craft, because chances are it will show experience in constructing water projects in Honduras or building bridges in Guatemala or one of several significant hands-on engineering projects done by the college students each year that show you not only have the grade point average, but you actually did the work you say you’ve learned.

Yes, our graduates are well prepared. Our three undergraduate degrees are all accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the world standard in engineering education.  Additionally, we require all our seniors to take licensing exams not typically required by colleges because it puts their ratings at risk. No worries here.  We have had a 10-year pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam well above the national average.

Small classes with individual attention and mentoring.  Approachable faculty with real-world experience.  Mission opportunities to serve communities and societies in need.  Graduates securing great full-time employment positions or being accepted to prestigious graduate schools. The world needs more faithful problem solvers. Come join us.

David Elrod
Dean of Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering and Professor of Engineering

Key things to know about the College of Engineering

  • All programs (civil, electrical and computing, and mechanical) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Opened January 2017, the Fields Engineering Center brings all of engineering under one roof and provides collaborative learning spaces, flexible student study space, an innovation laboratory for student exploration and creative problem solving, and more
  • Personalized attention from dedicated faculty made possible by small class sizes (most engineering classes are 24 students or smaller)
  • Encourage and facilitate engineering internships and co-op opportunities that provide real world experience while completing education

ABET Accredited

Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  ABET is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Government that can evaluate and accredit engineering programs.

In August 2004, the Electrical and Computer Engineering  and Mechanical Engineering programs received national accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  ABET is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Government that can evaluate and accredit engineering programs.  The accreditation was awarded retroactively to October, 2001 which means the degrees earned by previous graduates of these two programs will also be accredited.

Receiving an ABET-accredited degree is an important milestone to further professional development.  In Tennessee and several other states, students planning to pursue professional engineering licensure must graduate from an ABET-accredited program.  In addition, many engineering employers will only hire graduates of ABET-accredited programs.

There are several criteria that must be met before ABET accredits a program, including the quality and preparation of the faculty, laboratory facilities, curriculum, integration of the engineering program into the university at large, attitude and quality of students, continuous improvement programs, and institutional support.

Programs are also expected to prepare graduates to work with engineers from other parts of the world in situations where technical solutions must be blended with sociological solutions and expected to emphasize lifelong learning skills, environmental awareness and a strong ethical foundation.

Civil Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering