At Alvernia, we prepare students majoring in engineering to be fundamentally sound and application-ready.
During your first three semesters, all engineering majors take the same sequence of courses. This affords students the opportunity to be exposed to each of the engineering majors offered before deciding on their area of concentration. Additionally, this provides the opportunity for engineering students get to know each other and work together in an interdisciplinary setting.
Our unique 4-year design sequence culminates with a year long design project sponsored by a local company. During the first year, engineering majors will work in teams to complete a real world design project. Each project will be mentored by a Berks County engineering firm. During year 2, students will focus on problem-solving using advanced and additive manufacturing techniques. During year 3, students will have the opportunity to participate in a co-op or research experience.
With the 2019 launch of Reading CollegeTowne, Alvernia’s new building at 401 Penn Street will be the home of our engineering programs. Our downtown location will feature state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. Our engineering programs will partner heavily with local industry including the entrepreneurial community and other institutions of higher education to deliver a world-class education in engineering.
"Dr. Ridley wants us to have a technological edge compared to other programs, splitting learning and hands-on experiences, and not having a traditional way of doing things. Typically, engineering programs weed out the plethora of students and then work on solidifying the fundamentals, but Dr. Ridley wants to flip that and make his students fundamentally sound before he starts teaching them the basics of engineering."
--Brian Czaus, Alvernia undergraduate student
What makes Alvernia's Engineering Programs Special?
- Interdisciplinary approach
- Exposure to your discipline of choice within your first three semesters
- 1st class within your discipline of choice occurs during your 4th semester
- 4-year design sequence culminating in a year-long design project sponsored by a local business
- Within a major, you can have a specialty e.g. batteries, robotics, or more
- Strong math and science core
- Rigorous liberal arts curriculum through SEARCH
"At Alvernia, we want our engineering students to be fundamentally-sound, application-ready engineers. To that end, we have designed a sequence of math, physics, and other science courses that will give our students this foundational advantage."
--Dr. Matthew Prudente, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Industry Advisory Committee
Alvernia's Engineering Program is closely partnered with local industry and business, resulting in a program that is cutting-edge and market-driven. Our advisory committee includes:
|Roger Heasley||Director of External Affairs||First Energy Corp.|
|Chris Pruitt||CEO & President||East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc.|
|Daniel Langdon||Former CEO||East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc.|
|Kelly Beaver||VP of Engineering||UGI Utilities, Inc.|
|Peter Rye||President||Brentwood Industries|
|Gregory Shemanski||President & Owner||Custom Processing Services, Inc.|
|Dave Shaffer||President & CEO||EnerSys|
|Joern Tinnemeyer||Senior VP & Chief Technology Officer||EnerSys|
|Momo Kechmir||VP of Electronics and Systems Engineering||EnerSys|
|Alan Holbrook||Manager Engineering and Tech Services||Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Inc.|
|Darryl A. Jenkins||Vice President and Chief Engineer||Spotts, Stevens and McCoy|
Explore our Engineering Degrees
-Dr. Rodney Ridley, Associate Provost and Vice President / COO for the O'Pake Institute