College of Engineering
Dr. Ronald A. Madler, Dean
The College of Engineering offers five complementary programs, with an emphasis on the aerospace and high-tech industries. Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Software Engineers often are the primary team members in the design, analysis, or refurbishment of aircraft, spacecraft, engines, rockets, and the ground-based systems that support their operations. The strength of the college is built on this combination of disciplines focused on solving the complex engineering development problems of our society and industry.
Aerospace Engineering concentrates its efforts on aircraft and spacecraft systems including structures, aerodynamics, flight mechanics, performance and control.
Computer Engineering focuses on the design and development associated with computer hardware, including chips and circuits, and with the analysis, design, and development of mission-critical software systems employed in these devices.
Electrical Engineering focuses on control systems, electronic communications systems, and electrical power systems, which provides the technical specialization necessary to understand the design and operation of modern avionics systems.
Mechanical Engineering focuses on propulsion, robotics and energy with an emphasis on jet aircraft engines, autonomous vehicles such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Planetary Rovers and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Software Engineering focuses on the design of security and safety-critical software needed to operate any complex system.
The philosophy of our college is to give students a broad background, enabling them to pursue careers in many technical areas, but we choose to use aerospace as our vehicle to demonstrate the exciting, creative, and technical aspects of these engineering disciplines.
With this in mind, our mission is to provide undergraduate education founded on a rigorous, applied treatment of engineering fundamentals coupled with modern engineering tools. We are dedicated to providing excellence in aviation and space education, based in aerospace, computer, electrical, mechanical and software engineering, demonstrated through quality teaching, scholarly activity, facilities and student success.
Our engineering programs are recognized for their strong emphasis and rigor in engineering science and design founded on hands-on laboratory-based education. The college’s vision is to contribute well-prepared professionals for early success in the industry or in graduate school. Our faculty is dedicated to educating engineers for the 21st century.
The College of Engineering embraces the philosophies of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). We have established objectives for our alumni to prepare them for a productive and rewarding career. These objectives for alumni are to: demonstrate achievements in their chosen profession, contribute to the development of the profession, engage in professional growth, and contribute to the welfare of society through service.
Along with these objectives we have established outcomes we expect from our students as they progress through graduation. Those outcomes are listed below:
a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
It is the goal of the College of Engineering that incoming freshmen be able to complete their baccalaureate studies in four years. Depending on preparation and the time committed to classes, students may be able to graduate more quickly than that or it may take them longer. The nominal four-year program assumes that students arrive here having mastered trigonometry, two years of algebra, and one year of high school physics and chemistry. Additionally, it is highly recommended that students have had exposure to pre-calculus or calculus prior to their arrival on campus. Because communication skills are vital to all modern engineering disciplines, entering students should have a strong background in English composition.
Students exploring engineering who have not selected a specific degree program may, during their first semester, enroll in courses that are common to all the engineering disciplines. This enables a student interested in engineering to explore the content of all the engineering programs during their first semester prior to declaring a major at the beginning of their second semester. The first semester courses apply toward any engineering degree.
The College of Engineering is proud of its programs. Industry praises the quality of our graduates, and graduate schools welcome our students. The following sections provide specific information on each degree program. Details on the content and emphasis of the degree and the degree requirements are shown. Please remember that questions regarding the degree programs are always welcome. Please feel free to contact the Admissions office, the College of Engineering, or the individual departments directly.