From the Pyramids and Roman aqueducts to the steam engine, spaceship, and smart phone, engineering is how we have been applying science to create structures and machines and transform the world around us.

Engineering at Hanover offers you a rigorous and broad education, emphasizing both analysis and practical skills. You will learn in small classes, engage with supportive faculty members who are committed to your success, conduct research and present your results, gain work experience with our industry partners and have the opportunity to study abroad.


Our mission:

We offer an excellent grounding in the ideas, skills, and experience of engineering within a liberal arts environment, so that students can succeed in their profession, function across disciplines, provide leadership, and make positive contributions to society.

We emphasize critical thinking and creative problem solving that foster innovation. We challenge our students to collaborate, communicate effectively, complete research projects, and receive career training before graduation.

We cultivate love for lifelong learning as an essential means to thrive in a world of constant change. We encourage students to pursue further studies or careers with confidence and insight, a broad perspective, and a profound appreciation for what makes us human.

Our strengths:

  • You learn in small, dynamic classes one-on-one with experts who unlock your potential and develop your professional skills.
  • You can join a research or work internship (or co-op), and receive academic credit.
  • You expand your horizons through visits and guest lectures by our industry partners.
  • You enjoy the benefit of the integration of engineering with science and the liberal arts. There is an increasing US and global demand for broadly educated engineers.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad.


The engineering department offers two engineering degrees:

1. A Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering

This multi-disciplinary engineering degree features a curriculum that prepares students to pursue career paths in engineering or applied science working in industry, research or entrepreneurial endeavors. This degree allows students to tailor their engineering curriculum with elective courses to expand their education beyond a single area of engineering.

2. A Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Science.

Engineering science provides an interdisciplinary education in mathematics, science and engineering. While not designed to be ABET accredited, this highly-flexible degree requires ten fewer courses than the BS, which allows students to take classes from Hanover’s full range of majors, such as business, economics or art and design. In doing so, they can effectively prepare for careers in technology management, product design, public service, business or entrepreneurship.


Professors have an active research agenda and engage students with projects. You will have the opportunity to present your research on campus and in professional conferences.

You can earn academic credit for a summer internship or a more extensive co-op. In particular, Hanover College corporate partners offer a unique opportunity to qualified engineering majors to acquire work and research experience through a four-month co-op. This extends over a spring term and the subsequent summer, and so students can complete it and still graduate in four years. Because of a strong local business representation, students have the option to avoid relocation.

Experiential opportunities also include spring-term travel, field trips, and study abroad opportunities.

The engineering department can also offer paid employment to majors as tutors or lab assistants.

Executive Involvement

The engineering program is supported by the Engineering Advisory Board. This is a team of corporate, research, government and civic leaders who help guide the continued growth and development of the Engineering Program. The Board:

  1. Identifies competitive advantages of the program and key factors of success. Advises on effective marketing and recruiting strategies ranging from local to international.
  2. Assists in developing a broader network of engineers and executives who promote the engineering program and create opportunities for students, including internships, co-ops, workshops, networking events, class visits, guest lectures, skill development and career preparation.
  3. Addresses issues of strategic growth including collaboration with other institutions, foundations, and industries, upgrading of facilities and equipment and development of new programs and research.
  4. Monitors and evaluates the engineering program.
  5. Helps raise funds to build and maintain the program.
  6. Advises on education enhancement, curricular issues in terms of employer needs, technology transfer and contribution to the broader community.

The program relies on alumni, engineering, and executive involvement. If you are interested in becoming involved with the engineering program, please contact Jeffrey Phillips at

Foundation Support

Generous support has been provided by the Duke Energy Foundation.


We were approved by the Higher Learning Commission in February 2018 to offer a BS in Engineering and a BA in Engineering Science.   Our BS in Engineering degree was reviewed by Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) during the 2021-22 academic year and was awarded accreditation retroactive to October 1, 2019.

ABET Accreditation Information



ENGR 101 Exploring Engineering .50 For students who are intrigued by engineering and technology or who are considering a career in this broad field. Professors and industry experts team up to guide students through the engineering experience. Students work in groups to construct a prototype solution to an engineering problem, gain an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering thinking and design process, and learn how to communicate outcomes. Includes tours to manufacturing facilities and discussion of issues of ethical and professional responsibility. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is essential .5 unit.

ENGR 190 Introduction Engineering & Design 1.00 Core engineering themes and principles; engineering computing and visualization; designing and constructing solutions based on analytical and computational models using MATLAB and computer-aide design (CAD) software, experiemental performance tests, refining models and designs. Prerequisite MAT 113 or MAT 121 or placement at the Ready for Calculus level. Not open to students with prior credit in ENGR 290. Fee Charged.

ENGR 207 Materials Science I .50 Introduction to the structure, properties, processing, and performance of engineering materials: atomic structure and bonding, microstructure of solids, imperfections, stress and strain, elastic and plastic deformation, yield and tensile strength, dislocations and strengthening mechanisms, fast fracture and fracture probability of brittle materials. Prerequisites: CHE 161, MAT 122, PHY 186.

ENGR 208 Materials Science II .50 A continuation of the ENGR 207 subject matter: phase diagrams, fatigue, creep, diffusion, electrical, magnetic, thermal, and optical properties, corrosion and oxidation, and applications of engineering materials. Prerequisites: 207 or PHY 225.

ENGR 225 Patents and Intellectual Property 1.00 An interdisciplinary course which examines Patents and Intellectual Property in Technology and Science. Students will study the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure from the US Patent and Trademark office, learn types of patents, practice search methods of patents and write claims analysis. The student will learn the requirements examiners use to determine if a patent should be granted and the techniques to write patent specifications and claims. The course will explore patents vs trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, and non-disclosure agreements. Identical to BSP 225. Satisfies the W2 ACE.

ENGR 226 Project Management/Societal Impact 1.00 This course engages students at the intersection of environmental justice, social justice, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, technology and project management to explore how problems that are commonly defined in technical terms are socially and environmentally embedded. Through case studies, students are trained to recognize the socio-political nature of technical problems. Gantt charts, planning, team building and presentation skills are covered to prepare the student for project management duties. This combination of skills and engagement will allow the student to approach solutions and manage projects in ways that prioritize betterment to the environment and society. Completion of W1 ACE before taking this class is strongly encouraged. Satisfies the CP ACE.

ENGR 250 Electrical Circuit Analysis 1.00 Resistive elements and networks, solutions in the time domain and the frequency domain, independent and dependent sources. Prerequisites: Mat 122, Phy 186. Recommended: CS 220.

ENGR 263 Ethics of Computer Technology 1.00 This course seeks to develop a solid foundation for reasoning about ethical, professional, and social issues that arise in the context of computer technology. Emphasis is placed on identifying appropriate legal, professional, and ethical contexts and on applying sound critical thinking skills to a problem. Topics covered include professional codes of ethics, safety critical systems,whistleblowing, privacy and surveillance, freedom of speech, intellectual property, and cross-cultural issues. This course relies heavily on case studies of real-world incidents. Identical to ENGR 263 and PHI 263. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Satisfies the PP CCR. Satisfies the W2 ACE.

ENGR 302 Mechanical Engineering Tools .50 Introduction to the fundamentals of machine tool and computer tool use and fabrication techniques. Students work with a variety of tools including the band-saw, gas metal arc welder, milling machine, and lathe. Instruction is given on MATLAB and CAD and assignments are project-oriented. Prerequisite: 190.

ENGR 311 Linear Systems and Signals 1.00 Engineering phenomena that may be represented by linear, lumped parameter models are studied. Linear systems in the mechanical, thermal, fluid, and electromechanical domains. Laplace Transforms, Fourier analysis, and Eigenvalue methods. Both transfer function and state-space representations of systems are studied. Continuous-time and discrete-time forms of signals and systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 190, 250, PHY 245. Fee charged.

ENGR 315 Electronic Circuits and Design 1.00 Electrical conduction, semiconductor materials and devices, diodes, transistors, FETs, LEDs, solid-state circuits, frequency responses and stability, solid state switches, and digital circuits and applications. Photonics and optoelectronics including amplifiers, lasers, photodetectors, image sensors, solar cells, polarization and modulation of light. Prerequisites: 250, PHY 245. Recommended: 207 (or PHY 225). Fee charged.

ENGR 316 Digital Systems 1.00 Boolean algebra, digital number systems and computer arithmetic, combinational logic design and simplification, sequential logic design, timing analysis, and optimization, register-transfer design of digital systems, clocks and synchronization, finite state machines, FPGAs. Computer-aided digital design software and hardware implementation laboratories. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: PHY 186, CS 220. Recommended: 250. Fee Charged.

ENGR 317 Semiconductor Electronics 1.00 A continuation of the subject matter of ENGR 315. Designs with integrated circuits, solid-state circuits, frequency responses and stability, feedback circuits, noise; self-sustained oscillators, phase-locked loops. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 315. Fee charged.

ENGR 321 Instrumentation and Statistics 1.00 Instrumentation, measurement, computer-aided experimentation, methods of statistical and error analysis, random processes, quality control. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 250, CS 220. Lab fee.

ENGR 323 Electronics Integration 1.00 An introduction to the design, analysis, modelling, and integration of electronics. The course will cover an overview of electronics fabrication, design of PCB, SOC, VLSI, VHDL, FPGA and ASIC. Lab will focus on hands-on chip design using Hardware Definition and CAD tools. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 250, 316. Recommended: 315. Fee Charged.

ENGR 325 Embedded Microcomputer Systems 1.00 Analysis and design of embedded systems. Microcontrollers, realtime control, construction of complete systems. Software and development tools, programmable system on chip, peripheral components such as A/D converters, communication schemes, signal processing techniques, closedloop digital feedback control, interface and power electronics, and modeling of electromechanical systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 316. Strongly recommended: 311. Lab fee.

ENGR 326 Computer Systems Architecture 1.00 Physical and logical design of a computer. Microprocessors, CPU design, RISC and CISC, pipelining, superscalar processing, caching, virtual memory, assembly and machine language, multiprocessors. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 305, 316, CS 234. Fee charged.

ENGR 328 Robotics 1.00 Review robotics theory and concepts. Lectures on various robotic technologies, programming methods, ethics in engineering practice and mobile robotics included. Labs will focus on design, construction, and testing of field or stationary robotic systems. Team projects focus on electronics, instrumentation, machine elements, and programming. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 311, CS 220. Recommended: 316, 330 (or CS 223), 347, PHY 331. Fee Charged.

ENGR 330 Numerical Simulation 1.00 Introduction to computational techniques for the simulation of a variety of engineering and physical systems. Numerical methods including interpolation, least squares, and statistical regression, integration, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, differential equations, finite element methods. Deterministic and probabilistic approaches. Assignments require programming in Python or MATLAB. Prerequisites: CS 220, Phy 185, Phy 245.

ENGR 334 Mechanics of Materials I 1.00 Statics, fundamentals of continuum mechanics, mechanics of deformable bodies, and structural mechanics. Stress, strain, linear elasticity with thermal expansion, bending, deflection, torsion, failure modes. Application to simple engineering structures such as rods, shafts, beams, and trusses. Prerequisites: Phy 245, Phy 331.

ENGR 336 Fluid Dynamics 1.00 Fundamentals of continuum mechanics, constitutive relations for fluids, Newtonian and inviscid fluids, viscous laminar flow and turbulence, incompressible and compressible flows, supersonic flow, boundary layer theory. Fluid systems modeling and engineering applications. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: Phy 245, Phy 320. Lab fee.

ENGR 339 Thermodynamics 1.00 This course of classical thermodynamics is oriented toward mechanical engineering applications covering properties and states of a substance, processes, cycles, work, heat and energy. Steady-state and transient analyses utilize the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics for closed systems and control volumes, as well combustion and chemical equilibrium. Prerequisites: CHE 161, PHY 162, PHY 320, MAT 122.

ENGR 342 Signal Processing 1.00 Sampling theory, signal representation, quantization noise, transformation and manipulation of digital signals, digital filter structure and design, fast Fourier transform, parametric signal modeling, stochastic processes, spectra, Wiener filtering, detection, matched filters, applications (audio, radar, image, or autonomous vehicle). Prerequisites: 311, 321.

ENGR 347 Control Theory and Design 1.00 Root locus, frequency response, state space techniques, actuators and sensors, digital control techniques, analysis of A/D and D/A converters, digital controllers, numerical control algorithms, feedback control, stability, programmable-logic based control systems, application in modern manufacturing systems. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 311. Lab fee.

ENGR 350 Engineering Design & Manufacturing 1.00 Creative design process by application of physical laws. Project completion on schedule and within budget. Robustness and manufacturability. Mechanism design and fabrication, machine elements, manufacturing process. Process physics, automation/control, quality, industrial management, systems design and operation. Includes design-and-build project. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 190, 207, 302. Strongly recommended: 330, 334. Fee charged.

ENGR 352 Engineering Electromagnetics 1.00 Electromagnetic waves, radiation and diffraction, coupling to media and structures, waveguides, resonance, circuits, wireless and optical communications, computer interconnects and peripherals, microwave communications and radar, antennas, sensors, micro-electromechanical systems, acoustics, power generation and transmission. Prerequisites: 250, Phy 245, Phy 332.

ENGR 414 Mechanics of Materials II 1.00 Mechanical behavior of engineering materials and structures and the use of materials in mechanical design. Analysis, design and computational techniques for curved beams, spinning disks, thick-walled cylinders, asymmetric beams, torsion, and buckling. Elasticity, plasticity, limit analysis, fatigue, fracture and creep. Energy and finite element methods. Materials selection. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: 207, 334. Fee Charged.

ENGR 418 Communication Systems 1.00 Fast Fourier transform algorithms, discrete time transfer functions, filter design techniques, architecture and programming of digital signal processors, communication electronics, theory and design principles of analog and digital communication systems, optical and wireless communications. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 311. Fee Charged.

ENGR 420 Power Generation & Storage 1.00 A comprehensive introduction into the technology of electricity generation and power system operations. Topics include traditional and advanced generation based on a variety of primary energy sources including coal, natural gas, and nuclear, as well as renewable sources such as hydro, wind, solar and geothermal; the environmental impacts of each option; and the basic operations of power system markets in the United States. Power storage technologies, essential to the widespread use of renewable energy sources, will also be reviewed. Prerequisite ENGR 337, 339.

ENGR 422 Heat Transfer 1.00 The principles of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation with examples from the engineering of practical devices and systems. Topics include transient and steady conduction, conduction by extended surfaces, boundary layer theory for forced and natural convection, boiling, heat exchangers, black- and gray-body radiative exchange and the impact of greenhouse gases on global climate. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: 311, 336, 337,339. Fee Charged.


Timothy Brooks Instructor of Engineering 812-866-7237

Donald Millar Adjunct Instructor of Computer Science 812-866-7233

Leonidas Pantelidis Associate Professor of Physics 812-866-7244

Jeffrey Phillips Director of the Hanover College Engineering Program and Assistant Professor of Engineering and Montgomery Professorship in Engineering 812-866-7306

Gregory Robison Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy 812-866-7310