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  • Civil Engineering

    What is Civil Engineering?

    The Civil Engineering program specializes in engineering educational opportunities in the transportation, water resources, structural, and geotechnical areas, but other traditional areas such as materials and environmental are covered in the curriculum. Civil engineering is the application of math, science, and engineering fundamentals for the benefit of society and the supporting infrastructure systems.

    Civil engineers are involved in the following areas:
    • Environmental Engineering (Pollution control including the design of water and waste water facilities)
    • Water Resources (study of the flow of water over land, under ground and storage)
    • Transportation Engineering (design of highways and studies of traffic flow)
    • Structural Engineering (design of building, bridges and other related structures)
    • Geotechnical Engineering (study of soil behaviors, land slides and other topics)

    Civil Engineering at ASU

    The civil engineering program of ASU offers courses in all areas of civil engineering with a strong general education component. The faculty is involved in research, solving engineering problems in the community, consulting work. These experiences are brought into the classroom so students receive a well-rounded educational experience. This includes learning the engineering theory as well as the practical application of the theory to real world problems.

    ASCE Chapter

    The Civil Engineering program has an active student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The chapter is involved in regional and national concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions, social activities, and working with local firms. The classroom experiences and working closely with the faculty has resulted in the steel bridge team going to the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in 2000-2011 to compete with the top teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan. The steel bridge team finish 14th in the nation in 2004and 27th in 2001 in the nation. The team also took first place overall in the regional conference in 2011.

    More Information

    If you wish to learn more about our Civil Engineering program at ASU, we encourage you to setup a campus visit. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Parsons at tparsons@astate.edu or by phone at 870-972-2088 if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.

  • Electrical Engineering

    About the Department

    The ASU EE Program is a strong and growing component of the ASU College of Engineering, and has made major strides in development since its inception in 1982. The Program offers a full and diverse undergraduate curriculum in both lecture and well-equipped laboratory courses, and is heavily committed to the total education, scholarship, and success of all of its students, and service to other constituents.

    This is a very exciting time for the EE Program and the College of Engineering! Under its outstanding leadership, the College is delighted to now be able to offer a separate, formal Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree program. The College hopes to add, within the next few years, a Master of Science in Engineering program of which the EE Program will be a key participant.

    Faculty and Student Interaction

    The EE Program consists of four Ph.D. professors and approximately 50-75 students, both domestic and international, who work together in a cordial atmosphere conducive to excellence in education and scholarship. Class enrollments are usually in the range of 10-25 students, with laboratory course enrollments usually less than 20. These small classes promote frequent, direct interaction between professors and students, greatly enhancing the learning process.

    Laboratory courses in several electrical engineering areas provide intensive experience in experiment/data design, methodology, measurement, analysis, and communication. Students receive design experience not only through EE courses, but also through multidisciplinary Senior Design I and II courses required for all engineering majors. The EE Program and College of Engineering are also committed to preparing students for eventual licensing as Professional Engineers, and require students to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination during their senior year as the first step in the process. Most of the engineering faculty are themselves licensed Professional Engineers.


    The EE Program offers undergraduate research and scholarship opportunities in fields such as semiconductor materials and devices, electromagnetics, electrical power, and electrical machinery. Some of the faculty members are also associated with the multidisciplinary ASU graduate program in Environmental Sciences and direct graduate students in that program. Student research experience has been invaluable in augmenting students’ total education and preparing them for graduate education and/or career success. For example, the ASU Optoelectronic Materials Research Laboratory has utilized over sixty undergraduate research assistants since 1983, with many of these also serving as co-authors on journal publications and conference presentations, being recipients of student research funding, for example, Arkansas Scholars’ Undergraduate Research Fellowships, and winning various student paper/presentation competitions, for example, those sponsored by the Arkansas Academy of Science at its annual conferences. Several of these have gone-on to obtain graduate degrees at prestigious universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A & M University, Purdue University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of Missouri-Rolla, and the University of Arkansas.

    In addition to basic research, which has been funded by agencies including the National Institutes of Heath, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, ASU EE faculty also actively participate in applied research and engineering consulting as a service to regional businesses, industries, utilities, and professionals. Engineering students sometimes also participate in these applied projects and sometimes even earn course credit for such activities through Special Problems in Electrical Engineering, Student Research in Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Internship courses. These projects have covered a variety of topics including product development, process analysis, engineering measurements, accident investigations, and intellectual property documentation. The faculty have also collaborated with other ASU academic and research programs, for example, the Department of Chemistry and Physics, the College of Agriculture, and the Environmental Sciences Program, and faculty at other universities in joint research, for example, under the Arkansas NASA and EPA EPSCOR programs.

    IEEE Chapter

    The EE Program sponsors an active student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Associated social, educational, competitive, and fund raising activities provide students a broad perspective on the profession, and opportunities for teamwork, leadership, and service. Other engineering society student branches at ASU of interest to electrical engineering majors include the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.

    Successful Alumni

    The EE Program has a broad alumni base, with graduates holding engineering positions in industry, utilities, academia, government, management, research and development, marketing, and consulting. This growing alumni base is a strong supporter of the EE Program in a variety of ways, including making donations, and serving as seminar speakers, members of the College’s and EE Program's engineering advisory councils, and employers and industrial internship sponsors for our students.

    The opportunities for additional growth, development, and service are exciting. The entire College is committed to excellence in engineering education, and the broader development and welfare of its students and other constituents. We are confident that prospective students will be delighted with the student-focused environment and total educational experience that we offer, and welcome inquiries, visits, and comments. Please let us know if we can be of assistance with your educational goals, with your research or consultant needs, or in any other way.

    More Information

    If you wish to learn more about our Electrical Engineering program at ASU, we encourage you to setup a campus visit. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Mixon at pmixon@astate.edu or by phone at 870-972-3369 if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.

  • Engineering Management

    About the Department

    The Engineering Management program is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the knowledge and technical skills of advanced engineering and business management. The program is a one year master's degree consisting of 30 semester credit hours and is designed for all engineers on management career paths as well as for those charged with managing technology in engineering, manufacturing, and other high-tech organizations. The master’s degree program may also benefit engineers pursuing licensure in states where candidates for professional licensure are required to have an additional 30 semester credit hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in engineering.

    Our Curriculum

    The curriculum consists of courses offered by the ASU College of Engineering and the College of Business MBA program. Courses are offered on-line or weekday evenings after 5:30 pm. Due to the flexible scheduling of our courses, the program accommodates working professionals seeking career advancement and/or career changes as well as recent graduates desiring to move into positions with management responsibility.

    Specific program outcomes for graduates include:
    1. A basic understanding of business accounting, finance, management, information systems, marketing, and law, and an ability to apply this knowledge in engineering and technology administration;
    2. An ability to organize, plan, make decisions, implement controlling actions, and measure results related to human resources and capital aspects of engineering management;
    3. An ability to identify critical issues, formulate realistic solutions, evaluate alternatives, and solve engineering management problems;
    4. A good understanding of statistical concepts and methods and an ability to apply this knowledge to engineering and management problems;
    5. A good understanding of quality control and improvement techniques and an ability to apply this knowledge to manufactured products and other engineering applications;
    6. A good understanding of deterministic modeling and ability to apply this knowledge to engineering management problems including design of experiments;
    7. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary management teams; and
    8. An ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

    More Information

    If you wish to learn more about our Engineering Management program at ASU, we encourage you to setup a campus visit. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Clifft at rclifft@astate.edu or by phone at 870-972-3370 if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.

  • General Engineering

    What is engineering?

    The engineering profession is concerned with the innovative, effective, and economic synthesis of ideas, materials, and personnel to create the products, systems, and services needed by society. The knowledge and skills that comprise modern engineering must be developed upon strong foundations of mathematics, the physical sciences, and applied engineering sciences. Because responsible engineering must contribute to the overall goals and values of our society, engineers must develop a basic knowledge and appreciation of mankind's cultural and social history as well as ethical issues. Engineering must reflect an ever growing body of knowledge that includes state-of-the-art professional practice, understanding, and values which require a lifetime of continuing education. Therefore, the education needed to enter and practice the engineering profession is comprehensive and demanding regardless of the chosen engineering field.

    About the program

    The Engineering program is structured to give all students a working knowledge of the engineering sciences and a progressive level of understanding and participation in the overall design process.  The Engineering Program offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree with professional concentration areas in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering; or an individually planned program that may combine or cut across traditional fields of engineering and applied sciences.

    The BSE degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

    More Information

    If you wish to learn more about our Engineering program at ASU, we encourage you to setup a campus visit. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Clifft at rclifft@astate.edu or by phone at 870-972-3370 if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.

  • Mechanical Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering program offers a variety of opportunities and a broad spectrum of challenges that mechanical engineers enjoy.

    What are mechanical engineers?

    Traditionally, mechanical engineers have been involved in fields as diverse as aeronautics, biomechanics, environmental science, manufacturing, power generation, and robotics to name just a few. However, as national and global needs change, engineers are being asked to apply their problem solving skills to address medical, business, and policy issues that confront our society.

    About the program

    The ASU mechanical engineering program includes a strong general education component, traditional engineering science courses, exposure to manufacturing processes and automation, and multi-course sequences to provide proficiency in Thermal and Mechanical system design. We provide our students with a broad and well-rounded educational foundation and stress the necessity to engage in lifelong educational efforts to cope with the ever-changing landscape of science and technology. In addition, students have the opportunity to conduct research and to take courses in other disciplines such as business, mathematics, agriculture, and biological or physical sciences based on their individual career goals.

    More Information

    If you wish to learn more about our Mechanical Engineering program at ASU, we encourage you to setup a campus visit. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Edgar at bedgar@astate.edu or by phone at 870-972-3304 if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.

  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSEngr)


    The Master of Science in Engineering (MSEng) program provides a research thesis based, advanced education in engineering. The program of study leading to the MSEng degree presents an advanced cross-disciplinary understanding of engineering sciences, experimental methods, modeling, and fabrication techniques. The goal of the MSEng program is to provide an educational experience focusing on the integration of research and technology development that allows graduates to be successful in deriving solutions to society’s most challenging technical problems. The program culminates in the defense of an original research thesis.

    Program Outcomes:

    • Knowledge of advanced experimental methods and the ability to design experiments and collect data;
    • A good understanding of statistical concepts and an ability to apply this knowledge to achieve engineering solutions that most efficiently use information and resources;
    • A practical knowledge of fabrication and manufacturing techniques, specifically at the micro- and nano-scales;
    • An ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts to model physical systems and engineering processes to drive knowledge based design;
    • An advanced, cross-disciplinary understanding of engineering sciences, and an ability to relate physical concepts from multiple engineering disciplines;
    • An ability to identify critical issues, formulate realistic solutions, evaluate alternatives, and carry out independent research to provide novel solutions to technical problems; and
    • A demonstrated ability to make novel, significant contributions to the scientific and engineering body of knowledge.

    More Information

    If you wish to learn more about our Masters of Science in Engineering program at ASU, we encourage you to setup a campus visit. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Kemp at bkemp@astate.edu or by phone at 870-972-3565 if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.