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Drury University Engineering Programs

B.S., Electrical Engineering (EE)
B.S., Mechanical Engineering (ME)

First Classes Fall 2024

Our goal is to develop engineers with the knowledge, capabilities, and desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Our approach is to provide personal attention, small classes, and faculty focused on student success.

Our program aims to produce graduates who

  • Participate responsibly in and contribute to life in a global community
  • Think critically
  • Draw from strong fundamental knowledge in math, science, and engineering
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Possess the ability and confidence to learn independently

Our program includes the complete Drury Fusion liberal arts education

  • 7 classes from Drury Explorations
  • 4 classes from Life/Ideas Certificates or Professional/Skills Certificates 
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Physics (2) and Chemistry, with labs
  • Business Acumen
  • Students make presentations and write reports in all design classes

Lean and Feasible

  • EE or ME degree can be completed in 4 years
  • Maximum of 17 credit hours/semester

All labs and lectures are taught by full-time faculty.

Contact Us:

Dr. Robert Throne

Chair of Engineering Department
Professor of Electrical Engineering
(417) 873-7340

Meet the Faculty

Engineering Program Fee

Engineering Program Fee (EGRA 123, 124, 130, 140, 160, 200, 320, 360, 460, 461; EGRM 220, 230, 240, 320, 325, 330, 350, 420, 430; EGRE 205, 230, 310, 350, 355, 410). The Engineering Program Fee is only charged once per semester. The Engineering Program Fee also covers the Breech enhancement fees, chemistry lab fees, biology lab fees, and computer science fees for engineering students.

$600 (per class) or a maximum of $1200 (per semester)

Computer Requirement

Hardware (Recommended)
CPU: Intel i7 or higher or AMD Ryzen 7 or higher
Display: 16-inch screen or larger
Storage Space: 1 TB Solid State Drive (recommend extra storage via HDD or external harddrive)
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3000 or higher
At least 2 USB ports
A computer that meets these specs should last all four years of the program.

Operating System
We recommend some version of the Windows operating system.

A Note About Apple Computers
We recommend PCs because their use can be better supported by program and university staff, and because they are more likely to be capable of operating all required applications effectively. Some of the software we will be using explicitly states it will only run on PCs.
Among other software, we will be running (depending on the major)
Solidworks (starting fall of the first year)
Arduino IDE (starting fall of the first year)
MATLAB/Simulink (starting spring of the first year)
Digilent Waveforms
MPLAB IDE, 16- and 8-bit compilers, assemblers, debuggers
Intel Quartus Prime

Common First Year

Students choose major after exposure to breadth of engineering

First Semester

  • Embedded systems (Arduinos)
  • Computer aided design and 3D printing
  • Recommended “C” or better in Calculus I

Second Semester

  • Interdisciplinary Design
  • MATLAB (a second programming language)
  • Recommended “C” or better in Calculus II

Cost-Conscious and Affordable

  • Common classes for both EE and ME students whenever possible
  • Utilize free software and instructional materials when appropriate
  • Always consider the cost to the student

Multidisciplinary engineering design

  • Common design classes for both EE and ME students
  • Year 1 (semester),
    Year 3 (semester),
    Year 4 (2 semesters)

Short Courses

  • Courses on a narrowly-focused topic
  • 7 – 8 meetings in half semester (0.5 credit)
  • Engineering, science, math, computer science (6 short courses)
  • Business (6 short courses)

Hands on

  • Many classes have integrated labs relating theory to practice
  • Many classes contain projects

Highly-qualified Drury Engineering Faculty

Bob Throne (Electrical)

  • Education:
    • BS in EECS and Math (MIT)
    • MS and PhD in EE (Michigan)
  • Teaching experience:
    • U of Nebraska (11 years)
    • Rose-Hulman (21 years)
  • Department Head at Rose-Hulman
  • ABET (engineering accreditation) evaluator

Lorraine Olson (Mechanical)

  • Education:
    • BS, MS, PhD (MIT)
  • Teaching experience:
    • U of Michigan (5 years)
    • U of Nebraska (11 years)
    • Rose-Hulman (21 years)
  • Department Head at Rose-Hulman
  • ABET (engineering accreditation) evaluator