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Establishment of the Engineering Program

Since February 2015, the College has secured $1 million in funding required to support the creation of the Civil Engineering program. Six donors provided the funds needed to launch the program: David Beals Trust, William T. Kemper Foundation, Karen and Mark Mathes, Linda and Howard Roos, Phillip and Debra Schultze and the Sunderland Foundation. A lead gift of $400,000 from Karen and Mark Mathes was successful in building momentum toward the program establishment. Civil engineering launched in Fall 2016 with a class of 13 students who have declared civil engineering as their major.

Dr. Will Lindquist Joins Civil Engineering Program

Dr. Will Lindquist received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Missouri and Kansas. He has six years of teaching experience at both Trine University and Saint Louis University, and previously worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He specializes in structural engineering and his research area is in the composition and structural properties of concrete.


Looking to the Future

It is projected that when the program is fully integrated, Jewell will serve 50-65 majors in the program at any given time and serve 250 engineering majors over the next 20 years. Students in the Civil Engineering program will be part of William Jewell’s Critical Thought and Inquiry (ACT-In) core curriculum that prepares students to be reflective citizens of a global community. Jewell engineers will be productive, critical thinkers with a breadth of learning skills and perspective. Scholarships are a critical component to attracting and retaining the best and brightest students the country has to offer. The William T. Kemper Foundation gave $50,000 to create four William T. Kemper Engineering Scholars and William and Betty Crouch endowed a scholarship – a phenomenal and crucial beginning to a strong program. If you’re interested in investing in the scholars of tomorrow, contact Susan B. Tideman at 816-415-7550 or tidemans@william.jewell.edu.