Industrial & Systems Engineering, B.S.
Our students improve systems across all industries, including defense, aviation, manufacturing and health care. We ensure these systems operate at top efficiency and safety. We combine broad engineering skills with behavioral science to graduate students ready to tackle even the most complex system challenges.
In our program, personalized counseling and informal relationships are commonplace between students and professors. Classes are typically small, averaging 15 students, allowing for a close interaction between students and professors. Our graduates, put simply, make things better whether its reducing wait times at amusement parks, building a superior car, ensuring the mail arrives on time or the operating room procedures are streamlined.
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
We create the products that you use every day. Our work enhances cars, energy systems, medical devices, nuclear power and other equipment upon which our society depends. Our labs develop blast-resistant materials, innovative medical diagnostic tools and new alloy materials.
To illustrate the diversity of career opportunities for mechanical engineers, consider the following people who began their careers with degrees in the area of mechanical engineering:
- Neil Armstrong, astronaut, aerospace engineer and first human to set foot on the moon
- Philip Condit, former CEO of the Boeing Company
- Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine
- John Sununu, former White House Chief of Staff
- Alfred Hitchcock, filmmaker
- Lee Iacocca, former chairman and CEO of Chrysler Corporation
- Bill Nye, the “Science Guy” television personality
- Ferdinand Porsche, automobile designer
- Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the single-rotor helicopter
- Debbie Sterling, founder of GoldieBlox (and native of Lincoln, RI)
- James Young, musician and lead guitarist of the rock band Styx
Accelerated 5-Year B.S./M.S. Program
B.S. Mechanical Engineering + M.S. Mechanical Engineering. This program is designed to allow students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within 5 years. During the spring of the junior year, students with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply for admission to the graduate program.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering + M.S. Systems Engineering. Many students choose to combine an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a master’s degree in systems engineering. This program is designed to allow students to complete both degrees within 5 years.
B.S. Industrial Engineering + M.S. Systems Engineering. The program emphasizes service and enterprise systems and manufacturing systems. It provides students with an understanding of advanced systems and the criteria that can influence them. Armed with this knowledge, students will be in a pre-eminent position to contribute to virtually any company. The MS program takes a multidisciplinary approach to Systems Engineering. The program consists of core courses in Systems Engineering, together with electives in three main areas: 1. Service and enterprise systems 2. Manufacturing systems amd 3. Distributed network systems. In addition to coursework, a six to nine credit thesis is required for full-time students.
B.S. Industrial Engineering + Master’s of Business Administration. Industrial Engineering students have the unique opportunity to participate in a program which allows them to complement their engineering degree with the business skills needed in the workplace. The 4+1 program provides a competitive advantage in job placement and advancement into management positions. Additional Information and Curriculum
Minor in Nuclear Engineering
One of few such programs in the country, the nuclear engineering minor provides students the fundamental knowledge of nuclear power engineering. Students can leverage the knowledge to pursue employment in fields associated with the construction, operation, or regulation of nuclear power generation or continue to a graduate nuclear engineering program. Learn more about the minor.
Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship
The Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship blends technology and business to provide engineering undergraduates with the skills needed to become entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders in both startups and established companies. Students learn best practices in new product development, the business of engineering, financing and planning projects, patents and more in this hands-on program. Learn more about this minor.
International Engineering Program
The International Engineering Program combines a B.S. degree in any of the college’s engineering disciplines with a B.A. degree in a foreign language (German, Spanish, French, Italian or Chinese). The five-year program includes a year studying abroad. The first semester abroad is spent at the IEP’s partner university taking engineering, language, and culture courses in the host language. This is followed by a six-month paid internship with an international engineering firm in the same country.
The Mechanical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org