Whether your dream is to advance the field of robotics, optimize a business design, develop clean energy wind farms, or create new assistive technology so people can live more active lives, St. Ambrose has a program that can make your dream a reality.

Our graduates work at Abbott, Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Exelon, Genesis Health System, Great Dane, Land O'Lakes, Trinity Logistics, Sears Seating and others.

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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical Engineers problem-solve, design, build, analyze, test, and develop mechanical and thermal systems and their components.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering – Industrial Engineers problem-solve, design, assess, optimize, and develop operations and integrated systems related to business and industry.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Innovate, create and collaborate with the latest in systems, robotics, 3D printers, laser engraving, Virtual Reality, and engineering software
  • Hands-on learning opportunities through internships, industry employment opportunities, co-curricular student clubs, and study abroad programs
  • $74,000+ first-year median income for SAU Engineering graduates

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Personal connections and welcoming relationships are at the heart of Engineering at SAU. Here, you will implement the engineering design process, develop technical expertise, learn to think critically, and sharpen communication skills from faculty who are focused on your learning. Combined with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, engineering at SAU prepares students to live, work, and contribute meaningfully to their lives and the lives of others.


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Engineering Scholarships

Students can apply for the following scholarships; some have specific qualifications.

The SAU Engineering Department faculty are dedicated to helping students apply for scholarships by providing recommendations when appropriate.  

Gene Bleuer Scholarship
This is an annual scholarship that will be fully-funded through an estate gift and awarded to a science major, including engineering, mathematics, computer science, and nursing. 

The Financial Aid Office selects recipients, but recommendations from faculty are welcome. Amount: $1,000/year

Ed '55 and Marilyn Murrin Scholarship
Annual scholarship awarded with these preferences:

  • majors in engineering and the natural sciences, including computer science


  • any student, regardless of major, from the parishes of Parnell Holbrook or Williamsburg

The Financial Aid Office selects recipients, but recommendations from faculty are welcome.

Margaret and Royal Rostenback Scholarship
Students with high financial need and are pursuing studies or careers in science, engineering, social work, or related disciplines.

The Financial Aid Office selects recipients, but recommendations from faculty are welcome.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship
This annual scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior female student who has a GPA of at least 3.0.

Engineering faculty select the recipient.

Amount: $500/year

Dan and Pat D'Alessandro Scholarship
This scholarship is through the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and designated for students majoring in engineering.

Preference is given to students with a Catholic background and/or attended a Catholic high school.

DGR Engineering
This annual scholarship is through DGR Engineering and designated for students majoring in engineering.

Preference is given to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and completed 45 semester credit hours by June first of the current year in an accredited undergraduate engineering or land surveying degree program within the United Stated.

Amount: $2,000

Elite Scholarship
This essay scholarship contest is through Elite Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

Preference is given to high school, home-schooled, or college students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be anticipating or completed high school diploma/ GED.

Amount: $1,000

IRMCA Scholarship
This annual scholarship is through the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) designed for students majoring in construction/engineering programs.

Preference is given to students seeking degrees in areas of study relating to careers in the ready mixed concrete and construction/engineering industries

Amount: Ranges from $1,000 to $5,000


Mohamad El-Zein, PhD, Asst. Professor

Andrew Lutz, PhD, Assoc. Professor

Sergiy Markutsya, PhD, Assoc. Professor

Robert Mitchell, PhD, Professor

Michael Opar, PhD, Professor and Chair

Mohammad Rahdar, PhD, Assoc. Professor

Rebecca Romatoski, PhD, Assoc. Professor

Susa Stonedahl, PhD, Professor

Tom Helms '16

Tom loves the constant challenge and evolving nature of engineering. At SAU, we provided the academic rigor and support that helped him thrive. It was a hands-on education in our engineering labs and in local firms, and we pushed Tom to use his growing skills to help a child communicate. His education had a direct impact on his future because we let Tom explore his potential in the world.

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Engineering and Physics Department
Hayes Hall 214
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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