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R.B. Annis School of Engineering

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The R.B. Annis School of Engineering now offers four specialized areas of study in the exciting and fast-growing fields of Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Computer Science. UIndy is one of few schools in Indiana to offer these unique and innovative programs, which will provide you with authentic design opportunities invigorated by a vast general education core that develops well-rounded professionals.

About R.B. Annis

Robert B. Annis (1907-1999) was an inventor, entrepreneur and researcher. Mr. Annis dedicated his life to encouraging students to embrace discovery and science as a way to impact the world. His connection to the University of Indianapolis (then known as Indiana Central College) began when he brought the Central Indiana Regional Science Fair to campus, an event which the University hosted for many years. He lived the philosophy of mentoring students in the sciences and encouraging them to explore the wonders of research. In addition to the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, his relationship with the University of Indianapolis lives on through the endowed Miriam F. Annis Memorial Scholarship (in memoriam to his late wife) and the R.B. Annis Auditorium, located in the UIndy Health Pavilion.

The Design Spine Curriculum

The curriculum emphasizes project-oriented courses integrated with hands-on experiences. Students who study a broader variety of subjects develop valuable communication skills such as business and technical writing, public speaking and presentation readiness. This unique educational experience encourages students to immerse themselves in the engineering world by challenging themselves to think bigger, imagine greater and continuously work to improve and expand their knowledge. Learn more about this unique multidisciplinary experience

Why study engineering at UIndy?

Learn more about UIndy's engineering programs.

The need for qualified engineering graduates will be even more critical as the business world continues to evolve into global, borderless markets. That’s why UIndy’s engineering faculty are dedicated to educating students with both core and highly specialized courses, providing them with the skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom. Our Project Based Learning (PBL) and Design Spine methods are a unique combination, working together to expand students’ abilities through hands-on, real-life experience, providing them with the knowledge necessary to pursue a rewarding career. 

UIndy's engineering programs emphasize:

Learn how to think like an entrepreneur to find new way to tackle complex challenges. 

Learn how to break down complex issues to their simplest form to evaluate, synthesize, observe and reflect as an intellectual guide to action. 

Learn how to solve problems through modeling, data analytics, strategic thinking and risk assessment, which play a significant role in decision-making.  

Learn how engineering projects have ethical implications on society and why engineers  must consider issues like environmental impact or lean production methods. 

How are UIndy's engineering programs different? 

In addition to following a well-designed engineering curriculum, engineering students will also complete UIndy's general education core curriculum, providing a solid foundation in such areas as business writing, speaking and presenting, and social sciences. Because engineers collaborate with people in a variety of industries, mastering these skills is critical for succeeding in a global marketplace.

Program strengths 

  • Small class sizes with well-qualified faculty committed to helping you reach your potential. 
  • Strong general education core with emphasis on the following four core principles: creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and social responsibility. Also, the core curriculum helps you develop essential business communication skills and other soft skills desired by employers. 
  • Practical-experience opportunities early on to help hone your talents and acquaint you with the job market. 
  • Unique "design spine" curriculum that emphasizes project-oriented courses to provide practical, hands-on engineering experience and group collaborations on real-world projects. 

Job outlook

Computer Science: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for professionals in the field of computer science is $69,140 in Indiana and $86,170 nationally. 

Industrial Engineering: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts industrial & systems engineering jobs will grow at a rate of 6.5% over the next decade with an average salary in Indiana of $72,000 and $85,000 nationally. 

Mechanical Engineering: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineering jobs are growing at a 5% per decade rate and is one of the largest fields in engineering, employing nearly 280,000. The average salary is $71,580 in Indiana and $83,060 nationally. 

Software Engineering: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate of software engineering is faster than the rate of computer hardware engineers because more innovation takes place with software than hardware. Additionally, software engineers work in a variety of companies and the average salary is $85,000 in Indiana and $106,000 nationally.