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Dordt engineering grads continue tradition of national achievement

August 6, 2010

Dordt College has received notification from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) that this year’s class of engineering grads has again earned a perfect pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. All graduating seniors in this year’s class took the exam, which is the first step toward professional licensure as a professional engineer.

Since 2000, Dordt’s engineering department has a achieved a 98 percent average pass rate, with a perfect 100 percent pass rate in 10 out of those 11 years. This places the Dordt College engineering program far above the national average pass rate on the exam (78 percent in 2010) for seniors from all engineering institutions taking the interdisciplinary engineering exam for the first time.

“It really is a blessing from God, and it is quite amazing to look at these results from our graduates,” said Dordt College Provost Erik Hoekstra. “This type of excellent program doesn't just come together without dedicated students and faculty who put a focused effort on quality.”

The FE test results also reflect positively on the quality of the math, physics, and chemistry departments at Dordt, as this comprehensive test evaluates student competencies in calculus, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, circuitry, chemistry, ethics, as well as other advanced engineering subject areas.

All United States students who intend to seek licensure as an engineer take the exam, and Canadian students can also take the U.S. test in lieu of the Canadian version.

A key distinctive to Dordt’s engineering degree program is that it challenges and prepares future engineers to push beyond essential engineering skills to also consider God’s calling in their daily work. As Ethan Brue, Professor of Engineering puts it, “while the exceptional results on this national engineering exam are one good measure of the academic quality of an institution in comparison to peer institutions, they do not measure the broader mission of our program to train faithful followers of Christ in the work of engineering.”

Brue said the living stories of the hundreds of engineering students and graduates over the past 30 years testify to how God is using Dordt engineering graduates to minister to his world in many different ways. For example, this past year Hope Haven Ministries in Rock Valley delivered its 7,500th pediatric wheelchair to needy children in Mexico. This wheelchair was initially designed by Dordt engineering seniors in 1999.

It is humbling to see how God can use a simple senior design experience to eventually grow to have a larger impact in the lives of people around the world,” says Brue. “While excellent test scores provide nearly instant feedback and are encouraging, the stories of a Dordt education lived out faithfully, often in small ways over many years, are even more encouraging.”

Dordt College offers an ABET accredited B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Engineering) degree in engineering with five emphasis options available within the engineering major: biomedical, civil-environmental, computer, electrical, or mechanical.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering science is also offered as an interdisciplinary option that combines engineering coursework with other programs in the arts or sciences and prepares students for future service in engineering-related fields such as architecture.

PHOTO: Pictured (right) is Dr. Ethan Brue with a project recently completed by engineering students at Dordt.

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