Industrial Engineering

Whether you want to change the world of manufacturing, increase product quality for consumers or the safety of workers, or oversee worksite improvements, St. Ambrose has a program that leads to your goals, and more.

Our graduates work at ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, Genesis Health System, NASA, Boeing Charleston, Deere & Company, Land O'Lakes, and others.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Extensive Hands-On Research and Design Experience
  • Faculty Focus On You
  • Accredited Program

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Our rigorous, but rewarding, Industrial Engineering program gives you hands-on, real-world experience. You will be guided by expert and engaged faculty and gain skills that make you a sought-after asset in the workforce.

Read Our Fact Sheet on Industrial Engineering


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The St. Ambrose Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

More Information on the Industrial Engineering Program

What will I learn?

Industrial Engineering is concerned with designing, evaluating, and improving systems. At St. Ambrose, our emphasis is on how humans fit into those systems to ensure safe and productive work. Courses include industrial design, materials science, engineering dynamics, work systems design, ergonomics, system integration, and operations planning, scheduling and control.

The St. Ambrose Industrial Engineering Program is accredited by ABET, and we are the only university in the Quad Cities region that offers this degree. If you want to dual major in both Industrial and Mechanical Engineering (pdf), we offer that program, too.

Full-time students generally earn the dual major in 4.5 years (or less), and we give part-time students up to eight years to complete any of the engineering programs. No matter what you choose, you will work closely with engaged faculty who give you a real-world education in and outside the classroom.

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Why Choose the SAU Engineering Program?

Our Liberal Arts focus makes us different than any other engineering school.

Yes, you will learn the same math, science, and analytical skills here, but you will also learn to think critically, how to communicate, work in teams, and gain the ability to see how and where you fit into the greater world. These are assets regional and national employers are looking for in new hires, and they tell us that our students excel in those areas. That could be why 99% of our domestic students have a job lined up before they graduate. 

Enrollment in our engineering programs has grown from 50 students in 2009 to more than 150 this year. That is a lot of growth, yet we remain a small department committed to giving you personal attention. Our goal is to educate engineers, not conduct personal research projects. You will be taught by PhDs, not TAs.

Our engineering programs get high praise and support from regional employers, who offer internships, professional mentors, and job opportunities. Some even offer financial support to the university, allowing us to provide you with three floors of state-of-the-art labs.

What kind of lab facilities are there?

Our state-of-the-art Engineering and Physical Science Laboratories are in Hayes Hall, and offer you all of the equipment and technology you need to build and apply what you are learning.

Our facilities include:

  • Thermo-Fluids Laboratory where you can visualize, control, and test concepts in thermodynamics, fluid flow, and heat transfer, then apply that knowledge to design and build systems involving energy.
  • Mechatronics Laboratory which serves as collaborative learning classroom. Junior and senior level engineering courses that require specialized technology are issued laptops equipped with software, including ProE, Solidworks, ANSYS, PSpice, MatLab, and LabView.
  • Machine Shop with fabrication facilities for woodworking, welding, milling (including CNC programming), 3D printing, and programming an industrial robot. If you complete the manufacturing course, you can use the facilities, under faculty/staff supervision, for academic-related projects.
  • Computer and Prototyping Lab with a new 3D printer that extrudes plastic filament, creating a high-quality, customer-ready product.
  • Engineering Computer Lab, which is open 24/7 for engineering students. You can use upgraded computers and monitors, and access the software you need for engineering-specific assignments and projects. Printing is free in the lab.

All engineering faculty have offices in Hayes Hall and there is a small prototyping and student work room.

What unique learning opportunities will I get at SAU?
  • Internships: Through our extensive network of engineering alumni and companies across the country, you get on-the-job experience in a mandatory internship at leading manufacturers such as Deere & Company, the Rock Island Arsenal, Caterpillar and more.
  • Design Experience: Enroll in junior and senior-level design courses and undertake a real project for a real customer, then present your work at an Engineering Showcase. Students have completed projects for local companies and even engineered ways to help people with disabilities lead more active lives.

Watch how SAU engineer students helped people with disabilities in Brazil by creating new assistive technologies.

  • Engineering Club: The club hosts pizza and study nights throughout the year, members volunteer at events that promote engineering and community service, organizes tours of local companies, and participate in Quad Cities Engineering and Science Council events.

What happens when the Engineering Club partners with Enactus? Read this story about their "ornamental" success.

  • Society of Women Engineers: Our official chapter of SWE focuses on professional development and outreach to youth. Our members go to area high schools and tell students about the opportunities that abound in STEM fields. We annually host Introduce a Girl to Engineering Night, and in the Spring of 2017, it garnered a crowd of more than 500 girls, ages 3-13, who learned about engineering through hands-on activities.
  • Engineering Ambassadors: You, too, can represent SAU's Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs. Ambassadors share their experiences as Ambrosians and members of the engineering program. They help with recruiting, retention, outreach, and industry relations for the Engineering and Physical Science Department.
  • If service is included in your future plans, we one of few universities in Iowa offering Peace Corps Prep, a program that can make you a stronger candidate for volunteer positions within the Peace Corps or other service programs. You'll gain skills and a cultural worldview that employers value and best of all, most students can earn the certificate - awarded by the Peace Corps - without taking extra courses. Peace Corps Prep is a competitive edge that sets you apart and broadens your opportunities, no matter what path you choose. Click here to learn more or talk to your faculty advisor.
Study Abroad

You've heard people say it before: "College will be the greatest time of your life!" With Study Abroad, you can add even more to your college years.

You can study in another country – without paying extra tuition – in a semester-long or short-term study abroad program (with a few offered during spring and winterim breaks). No matter the duration, these trips deepen your professional education while earning credit toward graduation.

There are also opportunities through an exchange program, an overseas internship, or volunteering. The limits for Study Abroad are only ones you set for yourself! SAU students have studied in Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Germany, Peru, Cyprus, Croatia, Belize, Canada, Chile, and more.

SAU students returning from their Study Abroad locations talk about their time away as life-changing - personally, emotionally, culturally, and academically. Click here to search our Study Abroad programs, and for general information click here.

What are some potential career outcomes?

You can work in design, manufacturing, robotics, electrical systems, quality, process improvement, and in civil engineering for local, state and federal governments.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the median pay for industrial engineers at $84,310 and the field is growing (2016). In fact, 95% of SAU engineering program graduates who pursue employment are working in the field. Many of our students are sought out by employers before they graduate, and 99% of domestic students have a job in place before they graduate.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Samantha (Lee) Barkley '09 was a Fulbright Scholar and worked in a HIV/AIDS clinic in Trinidad and Tobago where she researched medical record processes and developed ways medical centers could provide better care. She is now a process engineer for ASEA Brown Boveri in St. Louis.
  • Santiago Gonzalez '14 is the Chief Design Engineer for Fraustchi, and runs his own thriving business.
  • Jeff Menke '99 is a Pella Windows senior engineer and recently designed custom windows for the Ambrose Hall renovation at SAU.
  • Jeff Stebel '01 is a systems engineer for Dream Chaser Space, which supports NASA and the International Space Station.

Many of our graduates seek advanced degrees, and have been admitted to programs at Southern Illinois University Medical School, Northern Illinois University, University of Florida, Bradley University and Oregon State University.


How many students are in the St. Ambrose University engineering program?
There are approximately 120 students, with about a 50/50 split between Industrial Engineers and Mechanical Engineers.

What benefits do engineering students have at St. Ambrose versus at a larger school?
Often times students at large schools can feel like they're just a number. Their instruction is often in huge classrooms, which makes it challenging to receive individual attention from professors. Sometimes the instructor is a graduate student. In comparison, the students here at St. Ambrose find themselves in small classes, taught by caring PhDs who are focused on preparing future engineers.

What makes your program unique?
Our emphasis on humans in engineering makes the SAU program stand apart. We focus on how humans fit into systems, or how humans are affected by systems. As a result, our engineers learn how to think critically from a numbers perspective, and our programs' emphasis on the Liberal Arts teaches students to think critically from a qualitative perspective, making the educational experience at Ambrose more complete than at many other schools.

And above all, they can communicate. Over and over, employers have been surveyed about what they want in an engineer, and the ability to communicate and work on multidisciplinary teams comes out on top very commonly. We do that. We emphasize those skills from day one and support them throughout our curriculum.

What equipment is in the engineering labs?
We recently enhanced our labs with the help of a $500,000 grant from Deere & Co. to purchase new and exciting equipment. We already have several pieces of equipment that the students learn how to use for fabricating such as a laser engraver/cutter, CNC mill, welding equipment, rapid prototyping machine, saws, drills, etc. The students learn solid modeling as well as simulation in SolidWorks, and also learn to program G-Code manually and create it through SolidWorks.

We also have an industrial robot that students learn how to program, as well as a fully-equipped electronics lab with a range of electronic components (sensors, motors, resistors, wires, and breadboards), soldering irons, etc. Our students learn to use NI DAQs for acquisition of signals from electronics (multimeters, oscilloscopes), as well as how to program NI LabView for data acquisition and analysis. They also learn to program Arduinos and create autonomous robotic systems.

What opportunities are there outside of the classroom?
There are plenty of opportunities for students to be leaders, both in and out of engineering. At big schools, it can be difficult to take on leadership roles and be involved with activities outside of class because there are already so many other people competing. At St. Ambrose, we have a group of engineering students who regularly get involved with extracurricular activities, and because of that, get to know each other better. Check out our Engineering Club and Society of Women Engineers Chapter.

Students have many chances to work hands-on in the labs, where at a larger school, they may have to share a piece of equipment with 200 students in one class rather than 20.

What about physics?
So glad you asked! We have a full physics lab for analysis of physics concepts such as kinematics of motion, thermal properties, and magnetism. For fluid and heat transfer analysis and modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, we have the software ANSYS and MATLAB. We have new labs and equipment to support these areas. 


Jodi Prosise, Assoc. Professor, Chair

Andrew Lutz, Asst. Professor
Robert Mitchell, Professor
Michael Opar, Professor
Mohammad Rahdar, Asst. Professor
Rebecca Romatoski, Asst. Profesor
Yunye Shi, Asst. Professor
Susa Stonedahl, Assoc. Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Students will meet the University general education criteria (to include PHIL 207, 305, 310, or THEO 311) and include the following:

Engineering Courses (25 credits):
ENGR 106 Introduction to Engineering Design and Analysis
ENGR 220 Engineering Statics
ENGR 251 Engineering Design Laboratory
ENGR 265 Engineering Economy
ENGR 270 Materials Science
ENGR 296 Manufacturing Processes: Fundamental and Computer-Aided
ENGR 302 Engineering Dynamics
ENGR 303 Strength of Materials
ENGR 450 Professional Experience

No credit: ENGR 201 Engineering Service, ENGR 301 Engineering Participation, ENGR 401 Engineering Exit Survey.

Mathematics and Basic Science Courses (33 credits):
MATH 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I,
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MATH 290 Linear Algebra
MATH 291 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
MATH 300 Modern Probability and Statistics
MATH 301 Statistical Modeling or MATH 320 Ordinary Differential Equations 
PHYS 251 General Physics I: Mechanics 
PHYS 253 General Physics
CHEM 103 or 104 or 105;
minimum of 32 credits in approved credits from ASTR, MATH, CHEM, PHYS, or BIO.

Industrial Engineering Courses (35 credits):
IE 305 Work System Design and Analysis
IE 335 Quality Control and Reliability
IE 340 Ergonomics and Occupation Safety
IE 350 Operations Planning, Schedule
IE 360 Introduction to Simulation
IE 391 Operations Research Probability Models
IE 403 Design Fundamentals for Industrial Engineers
IE 409 Operations Research Mathematical Programming
IE 415 System Integration and Design
IE 490 Senior Design Seminar
one of the following: ME elective, PHYS 306 or 3 credits of IE 460, or 3 credits of ENGR 320.

The Engineering Seminars (ENGR 201, 301, 401) are required for all engineering majors and should be taken by the time a student has completed approximately 50, 75, and 100 percent, respectively, of the engineering course requirements.

GPA Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.50 must be earned for all semester credits used to satisfy the course requirements shown above, a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all IE and ENGR  prefix course numbers, MATH 191 and 192, or their equivalents, must be completed with a grade of C or better. A minimum overall GPA of 2.00 must be earned in the combination of semester credits and attempted transfer credits.

Students attending continuously on a part-time basis are expected to complete the requirements within eight years.

Dual Major in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Students who are interested in designing to fit humans into mechanical systems may consider the dual degree option. This five-year program will result in Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering.

ENGR 105 Introduction to Engineering, 2 credits
ENGR 112 Engineering Graphics, 4 credits
ENGR 201 Engineering Service, 0 credit
ENGR 265 Engineering Economy
ENGR 270 Materials Science
ENGR 296 Manufacturing Processes: Fundamental and Computer-Aided
ENGR 301 Engineering Participation, 0 credits
ENGR 302 Engineering Dynamics
ENGR 401 Engineering Exit Survey, 0 credits
ENGR 450 Professional Experience, 1-6 credits

Industrial Engineering:
IE 305 Work System Design and Analysis
IE 335 Quality Control and Reliability
IE 340 Ergonomics and Occupational Safety
IE 350 Operations Planning, Scheduling and Control
IE 360 Introduction to Simulation
IE 391 Operations Research Probability Models
IE 403 Design Fundamentals for Industrial Engineers
IE 409 Operations Research Mathematical Programming
IE 415 System Integration and Design
IE 490 Senior Design SeminarMechanical Engineering:
ME 310 Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation
ME 312 Thermodynamics
ME 315 Fluid Mechanics
ME 350 Machine Design
ME 351 Mechanical Engineering Design Laboratory
ME 405 Control Theory
ME 410 Heat and Mass Transfer
ME 412 Applied Thermodynamics
ME 415 Mechatronics
ME 490 Senior Design Seminar

+MATH 191 and 192 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I and II, 4 credits each
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra
MATH 291 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III, 4 credits
MATH 300 Modern Probability and Statistics
MATH 320 Ordinary Differential Equations

+PHYS 251 General Physics I: Mechanics, 4 credits
PHYS 253 General Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics, 4 credits

Chemistry: (Choose one)
+CHEM 103 Principles of Chemistry, 4 credits
+CHEM 104 Chemistry for Engineering Students, 4 credits
+CHEM 105 General Chemistry I, 4 credits

Ethics: (Choose one)
+PHIL 207 Ethics
+PHIL 305 Business Ethics
+PHIL 310 Biomedical Ethics
+THEO 311 Environmental Ethics

GPA Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.50 must be earned for all semester credits used to satisfy the course requirements shown above, a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all IE and ENGR prefix course numbers, MATH 191 and 192, or their equivalents, must be completed with a grade of C or better. A minimum overall GPA of 2.00 must be earned in the combination of semester credits and attempted transfer credits.

Students attending continuously but on a part-time basis are expected to complete the requirements within eight years.

Plan to Graduate (IE)

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in Industrial Engineering. This plan assumes the student hasn't satisfied three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

MATH 191 Calculus I*
[Pre-req MATH 171]
4 MATH 192 Calculus II*
[Pre-req MATH 191]
ENGR 106 Introduction to Engineering Design and Analysis 2 ENGR 265 Engineering Economy
[Pre-req MATH 191]
CHEM 103/4/5 General Chemistry
[Pre-req MATH 171]
4 ENGR 270 Materials Science
[Pre-req CHEM 103/4/5]
ENGR 112 Engineering Graphics 4 Humanities 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 Communications 3
IL 101 Information Literacy 1 Philosophy 3
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 18

Year Two

MATH 291 Calculus III (Multi-Variable Calculus)
[Pre-req MATH 192]
4 MATH 290 Linear Algebra
[Pre-req MATH 191]
MATH 300 Probability & Statistics
[Pre-req MATH 191]
3 PHYS 253 General Physics II
[Pre-req PHYS 251]
PHYS 251 General Physics I: Mechanics
[Pre-req MATH 191, 192, PHYS 251L]
4 ENGR 220 Engineering Statics
[Pre-req PHYS 251]
ENGR 296 Manufacturing Processes: Fundamental and Computer-Aided
[Pre-req ENGR 270; ENGR 111 or 112]
4 Humanities 3
ENGR 201 Engineering Service 0 KIN Activity 1-2
KIN 149 1
Creative Arts Course 2
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 14-15

Year Three

IE 335 Quality Control & Reliability
[Pre-req MATH 300]
3 IE 360 Introduction to Simulation
[Pre-req MATH 300]
MATH 320 Ordinary Differential Equations
[Pre-req MATH 290]
3 IE 340 Ergonomics & Occupation Safety
[Pre-req MATH 300]
IE 305 Industrial Engineering Methods
[Co-req MATH 300]
2 IE 351 Industrial Engineering Design Lab#
[Pre-req IE 305, IE 350, ENGL 101]
ENGR 302 Engineering Dynamics
[Pre-req ENGR 280]
3 Foreign Language 102 3
IE 350 Operations Planning, Schedule
[Pre-req ENGR 265, MATH 300]
3 Social Science Course 3
ENGR 301 Engineering Participation 0
Foreign Language 101 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 15

Year Four

IE 391 Operations Research - Probability Models
[Pre-req MATH 300, IE 360]
3 IE 409 Operations Research - Mathematical Programming
[Pre-req MATH 290, 320]
IE 415 System Integration & Design
[Pre-req IE 360]
3 ENGR 450 Professional Experience 1
IE 403 Design Fundamentals for Industrial Engineering
[Pre-req ENGR 112, IE 340]
3 IE 490 Senior Design Seminar#
[Pre-req ENGL 101, IE 415]
Ethics Course 3 ENGR 401 Exit Survey 0
Theology Course 3 Engineering Elective 3
PHIL/THEO 300+ 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 13

#Must be taken at SAU to satisfy writing intensive
*Must receive a grade of C or better

Scholarships and Grants


For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: @{Iowa-Tuition-Grant}

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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Jodi Prosise, PhD, Chairperson

Engineering and Physics Department
Hayes Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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