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Department of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Future leaders in the rapidly changing world of engineering, aviation and technology pursue their degrees through Saint Louis University’s Parks College, founded by Oliver Parks in 1927, just two months after Charles Lindbergh’s historic trans-Atlantic flight.

Department of Engineering

 Taieb Gasmi, Ph.D., is the director of SLU-Madrid's engineering programs.

Saint Louis University also bridges the Atlantic, offering rigorous and internationally recognized undergraduate degrees that can be started on SLU's Madrid Campus and completed on the campus in St. Louis, Missouri.

Parks College is among the leading colleges of aviation, engineering and science. Parks fosters excellence through a focus on value-centered research and ethical practice. Our mission is to cultivate leaders and thinkers in aviation, engineering and science by teaching values, knowledge and skills in the pursuit of truth.

Thanks to the quality of education that SLU is offering both in Madrid and in St. Louis, our graduates secure employment in industrial research and management, research in laboratories, and as university professors in Spain and elsewhere. We are proud not only of offering American education in Europe, but also offering our students the chance to discover the true meaning of the word international preparation.

Taieb Gasmi, Ph.D., program director

Degree Programs

The SLU-Madrid engineering and aviation academic curricula are completely integrated with those of Parks College. Students who begin their programs at the Madrid Campus transfer to Parks College in St. Louis to complete their degrees.

The primary aim of the University's trans-campus engineering and aviation programs is to educate students to become competent and disciplined professionals. However, by studying for two years in Madrid, Spain, students have the opportunity to stand out as graduates by learning Spanish – a language increasingly in demand in the industrial field in the United States and elsewhere.

Students who are not yet prepared to enter the engineering degree program, however, can take advantage of SLU-Madrid's Science and Engineering Preparation Year. The program consists of courses in mathematics, physics, computer science and English as Second Language (ESL). The program provides a foundation in basic science and mathematics, thereby developing the skills necessary to pursue an engineering degree.

In addition, SLU-Madrid also offers the Parks College Ignatian Global Network in Technology and Engineering (IGNITE) program. High-achieving first-year engineering students begin their SLU degrees on the Madrid Campus, earning the same credits as Parks College first-year engineering students at the St. Louis campus.

Aerospace Engineering

3 years in Madrid + 1 year in St. Louis

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering is offered jointly at SLU-Madrid and the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Parks College in St. Louis. Students may complete the first three years of the aerospace engineering program in Madrid and transfer to Parks College in St. Louis for the final year of study.

The program begins by providing a solid foundation of coursework in the engineering sciences, including graphics, mechanics of solids, fluid and thermal sciences, electronics and vibrations and controls. The student will then go on to specialize in such areas as aerodynamics, structural design and analysis, propulsion or flight mechanics. Technical electives such as orbital mechanics, helicopter theory and performance, hypersonics and flight simulation will provide opportunities for greater depth of study.

Learn more about SLU's aerospace engineering program

Biomedical Engineering

2 years in Madrid + 2 years in St. Louis

Biomedical engineering students may complete their first two years of study at SLU-Madrid before transferring to the St. Louis campus for the final two years of study.

The biomedical engineering curriculum offers considerable flexibility, allowing time for elective courses. The curriculum is designed for students whose post-degree plans include graduate school, industry or professional schools. The courses and laboratory experiences both in Madrid and at Parks College in St. Louis provide a broad fundamental preparation.

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Chemical Engineering (Dual-degree of Cooperative Engineering)

2 years in Madrid + 1 year in St. Louis + 2 years at Washington University in St. Louis

Chemical engineering is a dual-degree program to be completed over the course of five years: two years at SLU-Madrid, one year at SLU in St. Louis and two years at Washington University in St. Louis. It requires coursework in chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science and the arts. The curriculum includes a concentration of courses in chemistry, including lecture courses and laboratory activities. Students obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from SLU and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis.

Learn more about SLU's chemical engineering program

Civil Engineering

2 years in Madrid + 2 years in St. Louis

Civil engineering students may complete their first two years of study in Madrid before transferring to St. Louis for the final two years of study.

The civil engineering program, both in Madrid and in Parks College, begins by providing a solid foundation of coursework in the engineering sciences, including graphics, mechanics of solids, fluid sciences, vibrations and electronics. You will then be able to specialize in such areas as smart structures, smart transportation, structural design, and analysis and green engineering. 

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Computer Engineering
 

3 years in Madrid + 1 year in St. Louis

Computer Engineering students are introduced to a broad spectrum of courses within the discipline in addition to developing a solid foundation in the basic sciences and mathematics. The curriculum includes courses in digital systems, microprocessors, computer architecture, operating systems and electronics. These are followed by in-depth courses in specialized areas such advanced digital design, digital signal processing, integrated circuit design, computer networks and others. Our courses provide practical and theoretical knowledge that is directly applicable to industry.

Students may complete the first three years of the aerospace engineering program at SLU-Madrid and transfer to Parks College in St. Louis for the final year of study.

Learn more about SLU's computer engineering program

Electrical Engineering
 

2 years in Madrid + 2 years in St. Louis

As a SLU student, you can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering both in Madrid and at Parks College in St. Louis.

In addition to a solid foundation in the basic sciences and mathematics, you will be introduced to a broad spectrum of courses covering all major areas of this discipline. The curriculum includes courses in digital systems, microprocessors, electronics, communication systems, control systems, power systems and circuits. These are followed by in-depth courses in specialized areas such advanced digital design, digital signal processing, integrated circuit design and computer networks. Our courses provide practical and theoretical knowledge that is directly applicable to industry.

Learn more about SLU's electrical engineering program

Engineering Physics
 

2 years in Madrid + 2 years in St. Louis

The goal of the engineering physics program is to prepare students to apply the problem-solving approach and principles of physics to engineering problems.

Students completing this program combine the physics education of our traditional bachelor's degree with a concentration in one of the engineering areas offered by Parks College: aerospace, biomedical, computer, electrical or mechanical engineering.

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Mechanical Engineering
 

2 years in Madrid + 2 years in St. Louis

You can complete the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Madrid campus before transferring to the St. Louis campus for the final two years of study. The program offers a strong foundation of coursework in engineering graphics, engineering mechanics, mechanics of fluids and solids, material science, thermal science, vibrations, controls, mechatronics and design.

The practice of design skills has been carefully integrated into the curriculum. In your second year, you will take Introduction to Design and Manufacturing, which focuses on the significance of design decisions on products, machines and society. The design experience culminates with a sequence of two capstone design courses during your senior year. In these courses, you will work closely with faculty and industry to produce a unique design solution.

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Aeronautics with a concentration in Aviation Science
 

1 year in Madrid + 3 years in St. Louis

The global aviation option in aeronautics with a concentration in flight science is offered in Madrid, Spain, and St. Louis. The first of its kind, this program is structured to educate and train pilots to be qualified for minimal transition between any certification standards in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This new initiative combines the best of U.S. and European training and a U.S. bachelor's degree — in effect, providing the experience that allows for global certification.

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Aeronautics with a concentration in Aviation Management

2 years in Madrid + 2 years in St. Louis

SLU-Madrid, in collaboration with the Department of Aviation Science at Parks College, offers the first two years of study of the four-year Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics with a concentration in aviation management. The first international program of its kind, it provides students with specialized knowledge of the aviation industry and a strong foundation in business administration.

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Faculty

Accreditation of Engineering Programs

Accreditation assures students and prospective employers that an educational degree program has met stringent industry standards of quality. It ensures that graduates have received quality training and education and are capable of taking on a broad range of professional responsibilities.

Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to ensure the quality of the institution or programs, and to help improve the institution or program.

SLU-Madrid and Parks College undergraduate degree programs are accredited by their respective agencies. The aviation management and flight science programs are both accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).The following engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and technology (EAC of ABET):

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Engineering physics