Why Engineering?


We are a small, close-knit community of students and faculty engaged in engineering.

With our small class sizes you will not get lost in the crowd. Our passion and top priority is teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.

Faculty members take a hands-on approach to teaching and learning.

In our small and interactive classes, we strongly believe in taking abstract topics from the textbook and turning them into hands-on lab experiences.

Our BS in Engineering Science is accredited by ABET.

ABET accreditation is an important mark of quality for engineering undergraduate education. 

Our students and faculty provide engineering solutions to communities nearby and abroad.

We want to give back to the world we live in. Working with faculty and peers from a variety of disciplines, you'll be able to design solutions to local and developing world needs. Students and faculty have traveled to Brazil to deliver student designed assistive devices and meet with clients.  Students and faculty have also designed a water supply system for a small village in Guatemala. 

We are an interdisciplinary program bridging mechanical and electrical engineering.

We offer a unique engineering program focused on electromechanical systems and their applicability across several professions and industries.  Today‚Äôs engineers must work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and approach problems at the systems-level and our approach guarantees you will be ready for industry or graduate school.  

Students get valuable experience working in industry.

All Sweet Briar Engineering majors are guaranteed co-op experiences.  We've teamed with Region 2000, Central Virginia's Economic Development Partnership, and are working with many regional companies to facilitate co-op experiences.

Students get valuable experience doing research with faculty.
Sweet Briar engineering faculty members have active research programs and industrial consulting programs. Engineering students are important contributors to these projects.  Working side by side with an engineering faculty member on a cutting edge problem is one of the many opportunities available to you at Sweet Briar.