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  Sep 21, 2021
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
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2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Engineering & Physics

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The mission of the Department of Engineering and Physics is to prepare Christian professionals to assume engineering and physics leadership roles that improve the quality of life for individuals and society. To accomplish this mission, the faculty of the Department of Engineering and Physics is committed to:

  1. Attracting highly talented and motivated students to the engineering and physics professions.
  2. Developing relevant technical skills in students.
  3. Developing communication and teamwork skills in students.
  4. Raising awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities to society.
  5. Instilling a desire and ability for lifelong learning in students. 


Harding University’s biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Learning Outcomes

The educational objectives of the programs are to produce graduates who:

  1. apply technical knowledge and problem-solving skills to serve community, church, society, and profession.
  2. apply fundamental concepts of engineering to pursue advanced studies or continue professional development throughout their careers.
  3. demonstrate an ability to collaborate with others in team settings and exhibit love and respect for others in diverse environments.
  4. demonstrate an ability to manage work processes among diverse groups of people in the workplace and influence others to perform high-quality engineering work.
  5. describe how their chosen career paths integrate with core identities as disciples of Christ.

Student Learning Outcomes

Furthermore, the student learning outcomes represent skills that our graduates should have acquired upon graduation. The student learning outcomes for Harding University are specified by ABET in the Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs. At the time of graduation, our students should have acquired:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solution that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives; 
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Leveling Work: 0-6

As a rule, students with ACT math scores 27 and below (Math SAT 600 and below) need leveling work before taking MATH 2350 . Students with ACT math scores between 22 and 25 (Math SAT between 510 and 560) should take MATH 1330  (4 hours) and MATH 1340  (2 hours); those with ACT math scores between 25 and 28 (Math SAT between 560 and 600) should take MATH 2300  (5 hours). Leveling work increases the number of hours for an engineering major and decreases the number of electives for a physics major.



Chair: Brad Miller, Ph.D.


Zane Gastineau, Ph.D.
Brad Miller, Ph.D.
Charles Wu, Ph.D.

Associate Professors:

Lance Gibson, Ph.D.
Ken Olree, Ph.D., PE
Jonathan White, Ph.D., PE

Assistant Professors:

Steven Barber, Ph.D.
James Huff, Ph.D.
Jeffery Massey, Ph.D.
Richard Wells, M.S.M.E., M.B.A.


Alan Hewett, M.E., PE
Joseph Parker, M.S., PE
Will Waldron, M.S.
*Taylor Williams, M.E.

Assisting from other Departments:


Stephen A. Baber, Ph.D.
Timothy B. Baird, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors:

Gabriel Foust, Ph.D..
Frank McCown, Ph.D.
Scott S. Ragsdale, Ph.D.
Dana Steil, Ph.D.

*On educational leave.


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