William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology
If you want to change people’s lives, the Milligan engineering program will help you do it. Whether designing modern technological devices and systems or meeting the basic needs of the under-served and developing world, a Milligan engineer grad will have a unique preparation of sound engineering theory and application, grounded in a liberal arts curriculum, all taught from a Christian worldview. And we’ve got the support and backing of major industry players who can’t wait to hire Milligan engineering grads.
Here’s what Milligan’s engineering program can offer you that you won’t find just anywhere:
- Traditional engineering curriculum with hands-on focus (4 years, all on our campus) combining both theory and practice
- Liberal arts foundation helps you understand and communicate with the people and societies you’ll serve
- Christian worldview encourages you to serve others and impact the world
- Faculty credentials: West Point, The United Nations, NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, Fulbright Scholar
- Faculty mentoring goes beyond the classroom
- Capstone design project experience where you’ll apply knowledge and theory to real-world equipment and be skill-ready when you hit the workforce
- Strong national reputation that puts Milligan engineering grads on par with programs at larger schools
- Industry leaders ready to hire Milligan engineering grads
Ready to change people’s lives?
The heart of engineering is often described as “design,” and, at Milligan, engineering education provides multiple opportunities for students to practice design in a multi-disciplinary environment. This is a “hands-on” educational experience. Engineering at Milligan is a four-year program, but students may opt for a fifth-year in order to complete a Co-Op Program. Graduates can begin work in the engineering field or enter into graduate studies.
Milligan engineering students receive a rigorous preparation in science and mathematics in the context of the Milligan liberal arts curriculum. This foundation enriches engineering and technology components with an understanding of culture, arts, and the humanities, and encourages students to see how all subjects—and technological solutions—are interconnected. This traditional four-year program offers small classes that provide close attention to student learning, progress, and success. Our industrial partners provide many opportunities for engineering internships and co-ops.
Electrical Engineering (EE) focuses on all things electrical/electronic, including electronic devices, systems, and energy. This includes digital-based communication and control systems; generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power; electronic devices and electrical circuits for producing, detecting, and controlling electrical signals; and robotics and control systems. For more information, visit the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at ieee.org.
Mechanical Engineering (ME) focuses on machines, structures, devices, mechanical systems, and energy conversion systems. It is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, and encompasses areas such as energy, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical design, manufacturing processes, robotics, and systems modeling. Mechanical engineers are employed in nearly every kind of industry. For more information, visit the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at asme.org.
A co-op is a great way to get hands-on work experience in the engineering field, get paid, and earn credits toward the degree. Plus, employers prefer candidates with proven industry experience, so a co-op is a great foray into possible job opportunities and gives you a leg-up on the competition when you graduate. A co-op is a structured program with specific requirements for the student and employer. Milligan will help place qualified students in cooperating engineering and technology firms throughout the world. Students doing the co-op program will require an additional year of enrollment (5-year plan).
Engineering & the Liberal Arts
Engineering and the Liberal Arts
Engineering is more than applying math and science to solve problems. Engineering involves innovation and analysis and integrates many disciplines in order to develop successful technological products or systems. Milligan engineering students will receive a rigorous preparation in science and mathematics in the context of the Milligan liberal arts curriculum. This foundation enriches engineering and technology components with an understanding of culture, arts, and the humanities, and encourages students to see how all subjects—and technological solutions—are interconnected.
As William A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineers, and George M. C. Fisher, retired CEO of Eastman Kodak Company, explain in Issues in Science and Technology: “Today’s student-engineers not only need to acquire the skills of their predecessors but many more, and in broader areas. As the world becomes more complex, engineers must appreciate more than ever the human dimensions of technology, have a grasp of the panoply of global issues, be sensitive to cultural diversity, and know how to communicate effectively. In short, they must be far more versatile than the traditional stereotype of the asocial geek.”
“As populations grow, migrate, and urbanize, and as challenges of climate change and human and natural threats to society increase, we will need to achieve security and resilience through the engineering of very large systems. Such systems cannot be wisely envisioned, designed, or deployed without an understanding of society, culture, politics, economics, and communications – in other words, the very stuff of the liberal arts and also of the social sciences.”
– Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of MIT
A NASA Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, West Point professor, and a lead adviser for the United Nations and U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Milligan’s engineering faculty are among the best. And they’re here to teach you how to be the best.
The entire engineering program is offered on the Milligan campus in Northeast Tennessee — there is no need to take classes at another school. Located in the Phillips Building at Milligan, the new engineering labs were completed in January 2016 and include Applied-Specialization Labs for hands-on experimentation and class discussion, the Multi-Disciplinary Design Labs for student capstone projects, and the Makerspace Lab. At Milligan, engineering education provides multiple opportunities for students to practice hands-on design in a multi-disciplinary environment. Read about our new facility here. Come visit us and tour the new facilities!
The Milligan engineering majors have been reviewed and approved by our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Milligan also will be seeking accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Accordingly, our program has been designed to meet their accreditation standards. Our engineering faculty are experienced leaders in the field and seasoned academicians who have been core faculty members in ABET-accredited programs. Local industry leaders and national corporations have endorsed the program, are offering internships and co-ops, and are eager to hire Milligan engineering graduates. More information on ABET accreditation can be found at www.abet.org.
Milligan is grateful to the following companies who have supported the engineering program financially, with equipment, technical and curricular advice, or internships and co-ops
Major industry leaders, such as Eastman, TPI Corporation, Nuclear Fuel Services, Bell Helicopter, Siemens, and others have supported the Milligan engineering program financially, with equipment, technical and curricular advice, or internships or co-ops. They’re excited to welcome Milligan engineering graduates into the engineering profession. Here’s why:
Eastman Chemical Company
“I applaud Milligan for coming up with a different approach. We need more problem-solvers, particularly with the education of engineers to solve the world’s problems. Thank you, Milligan, for running such a fantastic show, thank you for your faith, and thank you for what you’re doing for the future.”
– David Golden, senior VP & chief legal officer at Eastman Chemical Company
“Thanks for what you are doing to build an engineering program at Milligan which I believe will be an important step forward for our region. I believe your efforts to create a strong engineering program is a compelling one consistent with driving the region toward STEM education.”
– Perry Stuckey, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Eastman Chemical Company
Nuclear Fuel Services
“Milligan provides well-rounded graduates with strong Christian values that would be a good fit for our organization. We have a good-sized population that will be retiring in the next five years or so. To have a feed of students who are ready to work, well-trained, and want to be in this area is a positive for us.”
– Ron Dailey, engineering director at Nuclear Fuel Services
“I think it’s certainly going to be beneficial for us having somebody local that provides this type of curriculum. The markets that we sell – electrical and mechanical – mesh with the type of students that Milligan’s going to train in this program. I think that the establishment of the engineering program at the school is going to benefit people here in ways we can’t really fathom yet.”
– Aaron Cox, vice president of marketing and part owner, TPI Corporation
“It’s wonderful that a high-quality, nationally-ranked college in our area can now plug in to the engineering that is so desperately needed here by so many industries. All you’ve got to do is go to Unicoi County, go to Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol and then spread out from there, and you have an enormous demand for the engineering product. That’s what Milligan’s offering now, and I’m so delighted to be a part of that. I’m going to continue to be a part of it and it’s going to end up being one of the big lifesavers for the expansion and continued growth of our area.”
– Bill Greene, CEO of BancTenn and Milligan Trustee
“We’re pretty excited about it, because as we grow into different market segments, we have a need for more and more engineering. We are looking for a place to create a technical incubator, a place to expand our R and D resources, and we’re going to go to a place that has engineering talent that we can take advantage of. If that talent is in concert with an academic institution, that’s even better.”
– Rich Holder, CEO of NN Inc.
Our inaugural class of 25 engineering students started classes Aug 17! They jump into general physics, calculus, chemistry, and general education classes. They also will take Engineering from a Christian Worldview, which is unique to Milligan and helps them learn about the field and vocation of engineering and consider the Christian perspectives on the purpose, integrity, discernment, service, and value of the field and vocation of engineering.
Our latest hire is Dr. Jeffrey Giesey, who is currently associate dean at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University. He will teach electrical engineering at Milligan starting in fall 2017. In addition to an extensive background in electrical engineering and bioengineering, he was a Fulbright Fellow in 2001 and has received numerous awards and prestigious grants. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and a doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to his broad classroom and administrative experience, Dr. Giesey also has a deep commitment to integrating his Christian faith into his teaching, which is a distinguishing principle of Milligan.
In June, Eastman Foundation made a $250,000 commitment to Milligan’s engineering program. The Eastman name will be attached to the mechanical engineering design lab. Eastman has been very supportive in the development and launching of Milligan’s engineering program.
David Golden, Eastman’s senior vice president and chief legal and sustainability officer, said he applauds Milligan for designing an approach to engineering education that incorporates various disciplines of learning “in a way that will produce problem solvers, innovators, and thinkers with expertise in their particular field of engineering.”
Senior vice president, chief manufacturing, supply chain, and engineering officer Mark Cox said he has been impressed with the program’s curriculum, new facilities, and the faculty being assembled to lead and instruct students. “Milligan produces service-minded scholars who also make quality employees,” said Cox.
Training high school STEM teachers
When Tyler Chambers pulled the pin out, the tension in the wooden arm released and the large, homemade catapult fired, rocketing a tennis ball into the air and down the steep hill. The crowd cheered, giddy from the result.
But this wasn’t a summer camp for kids.
Chambers, a chemistry and physics teacher at Cloudland High School, joined 29 other area educators in June at Milligan’s new engineering facilities located in the B.D. Phillips Building for the University’s fourth Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Grant Program. This year, the program provided a week of free training to teachers in how to better engage students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. Other activities and lessons included water rockets, water flow measurement, and hydroelectric power.
“Projects like these help us get students engaged,” Milligan’s Director of Engineering Programs Dr. Greg Harrell told the teachers as he demonstrated the catapult built from scratch. “We’re outside, we’re making noise. This is an energizing act for students. Not only does it demonstrate engineering design and math skills, but it’s a great ice breaker for students and helps them exchange ideas. It lets all range of students participate and learn.”
Earlier that morning, the teachers also worked on building a much simpler and smaller version of the catapult out of ice cream sticks and rubber bands.
Jeremy McLaughlin, a physics and astronomy teacher at Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tennessee, said activities like these could be great for his classroom because they help students understand core scientific principles in a way that keeps them engaged. At one point, when the outdoor catapult fell off its brace, McLaughlin added another important engineering lesson from the project.
“When something in the machine’s design doesn’t work, it teaches you how to roll with it and adapt,” said McLaughlin. “Science is about adapting to what you see.”
Our new engineering labs, located in the Phillips Building on Milligan’s campus, were completed in December 2015. This summer we will be adding equipment to the Applied-Specialization Labs for hands-on experimentation and class discussion, the Multi-Disciplinary Design Labs for student capstone projects, and the Makerspace Lab. At Milligan, engineering education provides multiple opportunities for students to practice “hands-on” design in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Current West Point professor Dr. David Hampton, PE, is our newest faculty member. Dr. Hampton has taught in the civil and mechanical engineering department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for over a decade and previously at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He served several years as an off icer in the U.S. Navy and completed summer research fellowships with various NASA centers, the Army Research Lab, and Cambridge University. He holds a bachelor’s
degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s in nuclear engineering, and a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia. Dr. Hampton also holds a master’s degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and is a committed Christian. Dr. Hampton is an excellent addition to our engineering faculty.
In March, program director Dr. Greg Harrell, PE, was named the Malcolm C. and Ruth G. Myers Chair of Engineering at Milligan during a special academic ceremony. This is an honor and is an endorsement of Milligan’s engineering program and its strong STEM programs in science, technology, engineering, and math. The chair was established by Ruth Myers of Cincinnati, Ohio, in memory of her late husband, Malcom, who served in World War II and then graduated from Purdue
University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He later served in management positions, including CEO of the Carlisle Company.
In February, the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reviewed and approved Milligan’s Bachelor of Science with majors in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Harrell just returned from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) conference where he is preparing the Milligan engineering programs to meet all ABET objectives in the necessary timeline. Dr. Harrell and Dr. Hampton are familiar and experienced with ABET requirements and the teaching methods required to sustain excellence in engineering education. The programs the faculty have served (Virginia Tech and West Point) are ABET accredited with sustained accreditation compliance. It is of the upmost importance to Milligan that our engineering faculty are experienced and seasoned academicians who have been core faculty members in ABET-accredited programs. More information on ABET accreditation can be found at www.abet.org.
In February, Eastman Chemical Company co-sponsored with Milligan a special dinner honoring regional engineering leaders. Former Tennessee Eastman President Dr. Bob Hart, who attended Milligan’s V-12 program in the 1940s, was honored with the establishment of the Robert C. Hart Engineering Scholarship for Milligan engineering majors. Several current and former Eastman executives were in attendance to honor Hart.
Like many high school seniors, Bo Pless was anxious about deciding where to spend the next four years of his life. A Niswonger and Jeanes Scholar from Elizabethton, Tennessee, Bo was talking to big name engineering programs and ultimately decided in March to be part of Milligan’s inaugural engineering class.
Of all the engineering programs I researched, Milligan is different in its focus. In a field full of hard data and rigid calculations, Milligan engineering emphasizes people rather than products. You get the calculus and strong technical preparation but the focus is on solving problems and helping people.
At Milligan, I’m going to learn directly from the best. Dr. Harrell has written textbooks and curriculum used by Virginia Tech and the U.S. Department of Energy. He’s the lead technical consultant for the United Nations and companies all over the world. He’s amazing. And I can’t wait to meet Dr. Hampton, who has taught at West Point and been a NASA fellow. I’m excited about the caliber of the faculty and their focus on teaching and mentoring.
The prospect of entering college and beginning the next phase of my life is exciting in and of itself, but to be doing so in the Milligan engineering program makes me look forward to it that much more. Milligan University is unlike any other school I’ve seen.
I will be pursuing a life-long passion in a place that teaches me not only how to be a successful engineer, but also how to be a strong man of faith. Milligan’s program is designed for those who want to change the world, and that is my goal.
There is no separate application for the engineering program. Entering first-year students should apply to Milligan University and declare an electrical or mechanical engineering major. (Transfer students interested in entering the engineering program will need to have their transcripts evaluated and a plan sheet developed to determine if any additional coursework or time is necessary to complete the program and degree.)
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Engineering coursework involves a demanding undergraduate curriculum. Applying students should exemplify exceptional study habits, mental preparedness, and dedication to purpose. Students preparing to study engineering should plan to take as many math and science classes as possible. Entering engineering students will be subject to the following recommendations:
- 3.5 high school GPA (3.0 cumulative for transfers; see note above under “Admission”)
- Composite ACT score of at least a 25 (1200 new SAT; 1130 old SAT) with at least a 25 in the math category ( 620 new SAT; 600 old SAT)
- A minimum of 4 credits of high school mathematics
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
- Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry
- A minimum of 3 credits of high school physical science from the following
- Chemistry 1
- Chemistry 2
- Physics 1
- Physics 2
These are recommendations, not requirements. Students who have completed this recommended level of high school study will be better prepared for the engineering curriculum. Students will be more prepared if additional science and math courses are taken and if the classes are Advanced Placement or College Preparatory level. Some experience with programming language will be an additional benefit. Deficiencies in any of these categories can be overcome; however, the student may be at an academic disadvantage.
SELF ASSESSMENT: Incoming Student Questionnaire
Engineering is a demanding discipline. It requires dedicated focus, significant effort, and good management of your resources. National statistics show that at the undergraduate level about half of the engineering graduates in the United States graduate in five (5) years, while the other half graduate in four (4) years. There are many factors that come into play in making a 4-year or 5-year decision—things like financial situation, time availability, playing collegiate sports, and the pursuit of multiple degrees.
We have a self-assessment questionnaire (click below to download this Excel file) that can help you consider these factors. We strongly recommend completing this self assessment with your family and/or mentors, as these decisions will influence your course load, financial situation, and time required to complete your degree. We would like to provide the support that meets your needs. Please contact Milligan Engineering if you have any questions or would like to have further discussions.
Once enrolled, students will be required to meet certain progression gateways and benchmarks in order to progress through the Milligan Engineering Program. Satisfactory progress (a C- or better) must be attained in all of the math-science-engineering courses at the First-Year, Second-Year, and Third-Year Gateways before the student can enroll in the next year’s courses.
Each student will be advised by an engineering professor prior to submitting their course requests each semester. This advising time will serve to ensure the student is properly prepared for the next semester and is following the correct path through the program.
A $2000/year academic scholarship is available for students declaring an engineering major at the point of application. This scholarship may be combined with other Milligan institutional merit scholarships, for total possible awards of up to $20,000, plus state, federal, and external aid for which you may be eligible.
- Declare an engineering major at the point of application (If student changes major, the scholarship will be reassessed)
- Be a new student enrolling in Fall 2018 or later
- Have a 3.0 high school GPA and 25 ACT (1200 new SAT; 1130 old SAT)
- Renewable for a total of four years enrollment if the student successfully progresses through the engineering major benchmarks
- Limited number of scholarships as funds are available. Apply early.
- Students receiving athletic, music, musical theatre, theatre, and Goah scholarships are ineligible for engineering scholarships