Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia offers the only engineering program in the southern half of Arkansas with its Bachelors of Science in Engineering degree program. SAU’s program offers a balanced and strong engineering curriculum that emphasizes solving engineering problems and obtaining practical experience through internship opportunities. Small class sizes and hands-on experiences ensure our students learn the theories by having practical involvement during laboratory classes as well as with regional industry.
The goal of our engineering options is to prepare students for careers in the field of engineering that will serve the industries in southern Arkansas as well as the nation. Many of our graduates choose to pursue a Ph.D. in advanced engineering or advanced physics.
Internships and Hands-on Experience
SAU students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research during their studies. Students can perform collaborative research on a national level as well, including summer programs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. SAU’s laboratories are equipped with state of the art instruments with modern data acquisition systems.
The goal of the SAU Engineering program is to prepare our students for careers in engineering that will serve industry in Magnolia, Arkansas and the region. Our graduates may also continue their education in advanced engineering programs in universities around the nation. Currently, SAU alumni are working towards earning their Ph.D. degrees at esteemed research universities.
Engineering Internship Coordinator: Dr. Mahbub Ahmed
Engineering and Industrial Technology Students: All engineering students should meet with Dr. Ahmed to discuss internships for engineering. Additionally please contact Dr. Ahmed for engineering queries and list opportunities
Employer / Internships: Please contact Dr. Ahmed if you are interested in collaborating on internships with SAU Engineering
Program Educational Objectives
Within three to five years of graduation, after obtaining a four year general engineering degree from Southern Arkansas University, the graduates should –
- Apply the fundamental knowledge of engineering design skills and problem solving skills to advance professionally and intellectually in their careers beyond the entry level in the field of engineering
- Be an effective citizen and contributor to the free and democratic society through the use of technical, ethical, social, leadership, and communication skills, and
- Be a life-long learner by engaging oneself in professional activities in the field of engineering
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice