Associate Professor Jeffrey Chamberlain
Assistant Professor Josiah Kunz
Part-time Assistant Professor Charles Riggs

The engineering program at Illinois College prepares students to serve and solve problems both locally and globally. Training in engineering is intense and rigorous. Students will improve academically via critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, laboratory practices, and design and analysis. Engineering students will also learn how to work collaboratively, provide documentation, analyze systems, and ethically reason. With this robust foundation, students will be prepared to go directly into industry or continue their education at a post-graduate institution.

Majors & Programs


EG 141: Survey of Programming Tools

An introduction to programming without the expectation of prior experience. Emphasis on learning the language of choice, solving problems, visualizing data via simple lots, and using modern tools. Weekly lab involves hardware. No prerequisites.

EG 150: Community Systems Engineering

Engineering as it relates to the immediate community around us. Theoretical work includes systems risk analysis, project planning, and engineering economics, but also highlights ethical implications inherent in the decisions made by engineers as they design products ranging from automobiles to healthcare devices to software to appliances for communities. Concretely, students will complete a project designed to make a positive impact in the community. No prerequisites.

EG 341: Computational Analysis

Uses software to analyze and solve practical engineering problems. These problems may be unique to this course (such as air resistance) or come from other courses (e.g., heatmapping internal forces in frames). Includes: a review of the software basics, analysis of data from source files (e.g., text files or CSVs), advanced plotting (e.g., dual axis charts; animated plots), and methods of solving differential equations (e.g., Euler method, solving Laplacian equations, or imported packages).

EG 423: Fluid Dynamics

Studies fluid flow, including conservation rules; integral and differential analysis methods; laminar and turbulent flow; and channel flow configurations.

EG 433: Heat and Mass Transfer

Introduction to advanced conduction, convection, and radiation models, as well as studies in mass transfer. A special focus is placed on applying these models (for example, in cooling electronics, building thermal management, or the industrial refrigeration of foods).

EG 490: FE Exam Preparation

In order to become a U.S. licensed professional engineer, one must first pass the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. This course prepares students to pass this exam by going over the extended list of topics. This course is strongly encouraged for students going into the industry. 

EG 495: Senior Seminar I

The first of a two-course sequence, Senior Seminar I is the culmination of the engineering education experience at Illinois College. During this course, the instructor will introduce students to the selected, real-world problem and may form students into teams. Class time may be used for lecture on a specialized topic, project selection, documentation, literature reviews, hands-on experiences with the project, or visits to the site of interest. 

EG 496: Senior Seminar II

A continuation of Senior Seminar I, this class focuses on the execution and documentation of the project started the semester before.