Discover Engineering at Idaho State University

Idaho State University (ISU) is a Carnegie Research University providing a world-class education from geographically diverse southeast Idaho.  Based in Pocatello, Idaho,  ISU’s safe, secure and attractive campus invites aspiring engineers from around the world.

ISU’s College of Science and Engineering strives to provide a first-rate engineering experience to students. The college’s program portfolio includes Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees.  Each program is comprehensive with objectives that focus on preparing students to for successful engineering careers.

Not only is ISU an accredited Carnegie Research University, a distinction held by just 10 percent of institutions in the country, but each engineering Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science:

Electrical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

  • Master of Science:

  • PhD:

Engineering students at ISU become heavily involved in faculty-led research projects. The opportunities to participate in research are not limited to graduate students as students at all levels engage in experience-building activities. These opportunities encourage rigour and dedication while inspiring students to continue and expand the exploration of the field they are pursuing. Many students get the chance to present research findings at conferences or publish results in professional or academic journals.

ISU’s engineering research focuses on addressing current issues through new and inspiring innovations. One such project is led by Dr. Chad Pope, Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, and is fully-funded with a grant from the US Department of Energy. Driven by events connected to a 2011 earthquake that damaged three Fukushima nuclear reactors, the aim of the project is to investigate nuclear power plant responses to various hazards, including global seismic and flooding events.

ISU’s  Nuclear Engineering program is part of an elite group founded in the US, representing one of just 27 universities who offer graduate degrees in the subject, and also one of only 19 to offer the discipline at the undergraduate level.

Nuclear engineering majors build their intricate skill set by working in the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory, which houses an AGN-201 nuclear reactor. The program is further strengthened through established relationships with the Idaho National Laboratory, the nation’s leading nuclear research laboratory,  and the Idaho Accelerator Center, which houses more research and commercial accelerators than any other university in the US.

To support research efforts, ISU developed a unique Career Path Internship (CPI) program that allows for financial support to students as they work in career-related internships, both on and off campus.

Alongside research and internship opportunities, engineering students at ISU have access to a range of extracurricular activities directly linked to their chosen program of study. Civil engineering students, for example, construct a steel bridge and concrete canoe to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pacific Northwest Regional Conference.  Mechanical engineering students compete in the Society of Automotive Engineers competition Baja Car Competition. For this competition, students design and build a small off-road vehicle that then is tested for performance.

The university’s long-time commitment to international diversity encourages a warm and supportive environment for international students. Currently, the College of Science and Engineering’s global student body makes up 25 percent of its total population.

Complementing the academic and research-oriented strengths of the college, the university’s location sets ISU apart from other western US schools. Students have access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including cross-country skiing, hiking, paddle boarding, climbing, and kayaking.

Pocatello is centrally located between national and international visitor attractions.  Yellowstone National Park, encompassing nearly 3,500-sq-miles of wilderness atop a volcanic hub, lies a short drive away, providing ISU students the opportunity to explore its beauty and wonders. Students can easily take a day trip to venture to nearby Jackson Hole, Wyoming, situated at the base of the majestic Teton Mountains to discover what initially drew explorers to this exciting region. For those eager to feel that big city vibe, Salt Lake City, Utah is easily accessible with various transport links directly from the campus, and is always a fun day out for those taking a well-earned break from the books.

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