Expected Student Outcomes

The College of Engineering offers undergraduate majors in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and systems, mechanical, and ocean engineering. Because the same fundamental concepts underlie all branches of engineering, freshman-year courses are similar for all curricula, and the choice of a specific engineering major may be delayed until the beginning of either the second term or the second year of study. All of the engineering curricula are based on an intense study of mathematics and the basic sciences supporting the fundamentals of each engineering discipline. These principles are applied to the understanding and solution of problems of current interest and importance in the field. Each curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and ability necessary for practice as a professional engineer, or for successful graduate study, which may include law, business administration, or medicine, as well as engineering and science disciplines.

Engineers from all fields are heavily involved in the solution of technological and socio-technological problems; industry’s needs are for balanced teams of both men and women from different engineering areas. Therefore, the college’s goal is to stimulate our students to become creative, responsible engineers, aware of the social implications of their work, and flexible enough to adjust to the rapid changes taking place in the world and, consequently, in all branches of engineering.

Expected Student Outcomes for the chemical engineering, civil engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering and ocean engineering programs

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 multi-disciplinary 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.

Outcomes l-p are specific to the Ocean Engineering program.

l. knowledge and the skills to apply the principles of fluid and solid mechanics, dynamics, hydrostatics, probability and applied statistics to engineering problems,
m. knowledge and the skills to apply the principles of oceanography, water waves, and underwater acoustics to engineering problems,
n. the ability to work in groups to perform engineering design at the system level, integrating multiple technical areas and addressing design optimization.
o. an appreciation of diversity in the engineering workplace
p. participation of 20% of the Ocean Engineering BS students in the International Engineering Program (IEP) (Chinese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish)

Expected Student Outcomes for the biomedical engineering program

To Understand – to understand the mathematical and physical foundations of biomedical engineering and how these are applied to the design of biomedical instruments, the analysis of biological systems, and the technological advancement for health care. An understanding that engineering knowledge should be applied in an ethically responsible manner for the good of society.
To Question – to critically evaluate alternate assumptions, approaches, procedures, tradeoffs, and results related to engineering and biological problems.
To Design – to design a variety of electronic and/or computer-based devices and software for applications including biomedical instrumentation, medical imaging, physiological measurement, biomedical signal processing, rehabilitation engineering and medical informatics.
To Lead – to lead a small team of student engineers performing a laboratory exercise or design project; to participate in the various roles in a team and understand how they contribute to accomplishing the task at hand.
To Communicate – to use written and oral communications to document work and present project results.

Expected Student Outcomes for the computer engineering program

To Understand – to understand fundamentals of computer hardware and software, electronics, electronic design automation, and mathematics, and how these are used in computers and computer-based systems. An understanding that engineering knowledge should be applied in an ethically responsible manner for the good of society.
To Question – to critically evaluate alternate assumptions, approaches, procedures, tradeoffs, and results related to engineering problems.
To Design – to design and implement a computer system including processor, memory and I/O system, compiler, operating system, and local area network interface.
To Lead – to lead a small team of student engineers performing a laboratory exercise or design project; to participate in the various roles in a team and understand how they contribute to accomplishing the task at hand.
To Communicate – to use written and oral communications to document work and present project results.

Expected Student Outcomes for the electrical engineering program

To Understand – to understand the mathematical and physical foundations of electrical engineering and how these are used in electronic devices and systems. An understanding that engineering knowledge should be applied in an ethically responsible manner for the good of society.
To Question – to critically evaluate alternate assumptions, approaches, procedures, tradeoffs, and results related to engineering problems.
To Design – to design a variety of electronic and/or computer-based components and systems for applications including signal processing, communications, computer networks, and control systems.
To Lead – to lead a small team of student engineers performing a laboratory exercise or design project; to participate in the various roles in a team and understand how they contribute to accomplishing the task at hand.
To Communicate – to use written and oral communications to document work and present project results