Raymond M. Wright, Dean
Jared B. Abdirkin, Assistant Dean
Raymond M. Wright, Dean
Jared B. Abdirkin, Assistant Dean
The College of Engineering (COE) is a diverse community of scholars, learners, and professional staff dedicated to the development and application of advanced technologies, and working together to enhance the quality of life for all. We are creative problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, applying our skills for the advancement of knowledge, service to our community, and the economic development of the state of Rhode Island and beyond. We prepare our graduates to be global leaders in a wide range of engineering disciplines and to create new knowledge, products, and services.
For more information, visit uri.edu/engineering or call +1.401.874.5985.
In case of discrepancies between this Catalog and the departmental materials, this URI Catalog is considered definitive. Departmental websites and departmental curricular and course materials are maintained independently and do not necessarily reflect University-approved curricular and course information.
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 semester 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 Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Systems, Mechanical, 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.
Entering engineering students who have chosen a specific major should follow the particular program listed in this section. It is recommended that those students who have decided to major in engineering, but have not selected a specific major take the following courses: CHM 101/102; EGR 105; MTH 141; PHY 203/273; and a general education requirement during their first semester. Students who are still undecided about their choice of major after completing the first semester should review their second semester courses with their engineering advisor to be certain that they meet the prerequisites for the sophomore year.
Students who are undecided about engineering as a major, but wish to keep it open as an option, should note that CHM 101/102; EGR 105, 106; MTH 141, 142; and PHY 203/273, 204/274 are required for graduation by the College of Engineering (COE), and are prerequisites for many engineering courses. These individuals need to meet with the Wanting Engineering (WEGR) advisor, and review relevant information regarding WEGR below.
Admission to the College of Engineering: To be admitted to the COE, students must complete at least 24 credits (including transfer credits) with a grade point average of 2.00 or better, and must also complete the following required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better and a grade of “C-“ or better in each course: CHM 101/102; EGR 105, 106; MTH 141, 142; PHY 203/273; and either PHY 204/274 or CHM 112/114.
Enrollment in Engineering Courses: Enrollment in 200-level College of Engineering courses is restricted to engineering majors. Exceptions can be made by permission of the department chair. Enrollment in 300-level and above College of Engineering courses is restricted to students who have been admitted to a degree granting college.
Graduation Requirements: To meet graduation requirements, students enrolled in the COE must satisfactorily complete all courses of the degree program in which they are enrolled and obtain a grade point average of 2.00 or better in all required science, mathematics, and engineering courses (including professional electives). Students are also required to complete a degree audit and an exit interview with the Assistant Dean at least one semester prior to their anticipated graduation date. At the discretion of the dean, students who do not demonstrate satisfactory progress may be required to leave the COE.
Student Advisement: Engineering students are advised by professional academic advisors from freshmen through senior year. While the student is in University College for Academic Success (UCAS), advising takes place at UCAS (Roosevelt Hall); once the student is transferred to the COE advising takes place with an assigned academic advisor, and with a faculty member supporting in a mentor capacity. The office of the Assistant Dean of Engineering only provides non-routine advising.
General Education Requirements:
All COE undergraduates must satisfy the University general education requirements as specified below. Students must refer to their specific engineering major for additional requirements, which vary by program.
General education consists of 40 credits. Each of the twelve outcomes (A1-D1) must be met by at least 3 credits. A single course may meet more than one outcome, but cannot be double counted towards the 40 credit total. At least one course must be a Grand Challenge (G designation). No more than 12 credits used to meet general education may be from the same course code, with the exception of honors HPR courses, which may have more than 12 credits. General education courses may also be used to meet requirements of the major or minor when appropriate.
General Education encompasses the following four key objectives (A-D), met by the following twelve outcomes:
A-Build knowledge of diverse peoples and cultures and of the natural and physical world through the following four outcomes:
A1 – Understand and apply theories and methods of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) disciplines
A2 – Understand theories and methods of the social and behavioral sciences
A3 – Understand the context and significance of the humanities using theoretical, historical, and experiential perspectives
A4- Understand the context and significance of arts and design
B-Develop intellectual and interdisciplinary competencies for academic and lifelong learning through the following four outcomes:
B1 – Write effective and precise texts that fulfill their communicative purposes and address various audiences
B2- Communicate effectively via listening, delivering oral presentations, and actively participating in group work
B3 – Apply the appropriate mathematical, statistical, or computational strategies to problem solving
B4 Develop information literacy to independently research complex issues
C-Exercise individual and social responsibilities through the following three outcomes:
C1- Develop and engage in civic knowledge and responsibilities
C2- Develop and exercise global responsibilities
C3- Develop and exercise responsibilities relating to diversity and inclusion responsibilities
D-Integrate and apply abilities and capacities developed under each of the 3 above areas, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities:
D1 Demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple knowledge perspectives, competencies and responsibilities
G-Grand Challenge – Exploration of multiple perspectives of areas of contemporary significance, including their ethical implications:
G- At least one course must have the “G” designation for Grand Challenge
Wanting Engineering: Based on background and interests, students are provided with the opportunity to explore engineering as a potential major by taking required fundamental core courses in engineering, mathematics, and science. These students are designated as “Wanting Engineering (WEGR)”, which is not an engineering major, during this exploratory period. To become an engineering major, WEGR students must have an overall grade point average of 2.00 or better, and complete (including transfer credits) the following required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better and a grade of “C-“ or better in each course: MTH 141, CHM 101, 102, PHY 203, 273, and EGR 105, within 3 (three) semesters, under the guidance of the WEGR advisor. Note: Some WEGR students are typically not ready to begin in the first required calculus course, MTH 141. As such, these WEGR students should expect a five-year plan for graduation based on the various engineering curricula requirements. The WEGR advisor will review this and the options with each WEGR student.
The Engineering Computer Center (ECC), located in the Chester H. Kirk Center for Advanced Technology, supports the teaching and research activities of the College of Engineering. The ECC has two Dell PowerEdge servers providing centralized services for PC file and print sharing, license serving, email, and web applications. Both wireless and cabled network access are available. Students are assigned COE computer accounts and use these accounts until they graduate. Student accounts are accessible from all of the ECC and COE department computer classrooms. Email accounts are provided for COE faculty and staff.
There are 134 networked PCs available at the ECC for student use. These are incorporated into three classrooms with projection systems, a main student work area, and two side project/study rooms. Also provided are three scanners, three black and white laser printers, a color laser printer, and two large format inkjet plotters, for final presentation quality posters. Areas are available for students to set up their own laptops for access to software, printers, and the network. Available installed software includes Abaqus, Aspen, AutoCAD, Bentley, Comsol, EES, LabView, Mathematica, MatLab, Microsoft Visual Studio, Minitab, Multisim, SolidWorks, and Working Model. The ECBE Linux distribution is also available as a dual boot option on all machines.
In addition to providing the computer technologies that engineering students rely on for their course work, the ECC provides faculty members with the resources necessary for their teaching and research commitments, through the use of network services, interactive multimedia classrooms, and the expertise of the ECC staff in identifying and procuring hardware and software.
The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art multimedia computer classroom with dual-monitor PCs for 32 students; an instructor podium with tablet monitors and the ability to interact with any of the student PCs; eight wide-screen, flat-panel TV monitors; and two large screen projectors. The Discovery Center is heavily used for our introductory freshman engineering classes, where students are introduced to the College of Engineering, engineering career paths, engineering problem solving, teamwork, hands-on projects, and software with applications used in other engineering classes. The Discovery Center is also used by other engineering classes and is available to all engineering students for general use during the evenings and in between classes.
A second 32-seat classroom located near the main ECC facility contains state-of-the-art equipment to handle the increased demand for engineering multimedia instructional capabilities. Managed by the ECC staff, this classroom is available for classes, seminars, lectures, and lab sessions.
The Department of Chemical Engineering computing room include PCs with specialized software packages such as Aspen, a Chemical Engineering Design Process Simulator, MatLab, and Polymath, for undergraduate teaching and research.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has three computational facilities. The CADD Laboratory contains 30 state-of-the-art PCs, one network printer; and a direct projection multimedia system. Available software includes the Autodesk Educational Master Suite, the Bentley Suite with over 50 engineering software packages (including Inroads, Leap, Microstation, RAM, SewerCAD, STAAD, WaterCAD, etc.); Abaqus, HCS, Maple, MatLab, Mathematica, MicroPAVER, MS Office, and others. The senior Capstone Design Project Studio has six PCs, a reference library, and a direct projection multimedia system, used by the design teams during the integrated capstone design project. The Smart Lab includes 8 state-of-the-art laptops interfacing with sensors used by students to evaluate the condition of existing structures. The facility has a network printer, direct projection multimedia system and sophisticated instrumentation for structural behavior measurements.
The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering has numerous multiprocessor Linux servers. The primary servers feature hardware RAID and fiberoptic gigabit network connections. The main computing lab hosts 14 general use, dual-monitor Linux workstations, which are available 24 hours a day to all students in the department. In addition, there are approximately 50 Linux workstations and 40 Windows systems dispersed throughout laboratories and offices. Available software includes MatLab for signal processing, HSPICE for analog circuit simulation, Quartus for FPGA simulation and design, as well as thousands of open-source applications. Numerous laser printers are available, including duplex (two-sided) and color variants. Wireless network access is available throughout the department.
The Department of Mechanical and Industrial & Systems Engineering has one computer classroom which includes 36 workstations and two high-speed laser printers. The classroom is equipped with projection systems for classroom and seminar presentations. Application software includes SolidWorks, Working Model, MatLab, Abaqus, Excel, Gams, Lingo, Maple, Mathematica, Mintab, Engineering Equation Solver, Open Foam, TecPlot, and others. In addition, department laboratories are equipped with a variety of computers for computational modeling studies, high-speed data acquisition, and control of mechanical devices.
The Department of Ocean Engineering has its own computer room at the Narragansett Bay Campus that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. It is equipped with eleven desktop computers and two laser printers, and students have access to a 3-D printer. Available software includes: MatLab, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, LaTeX, LabView, ArcGIS, and SolidWorks. There is a large conference table and whiteboards available for review sessions and as individual touchdown space.
Minors and Double Majors. Students wanting to obtain strengths in other areas of academic specialization while in engineering are encouraged to do so by completing either a minor (see “Minor Fields of Study”) or double major. Some of the COE degree programs also offer minors. For details, see degree programs described in the following sections.
The undergraduate minor in nuclear engineering is satisfied by completing 18 credit hours from the required and supporting courses shown below, depending on the major discipline. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in these courses. At least one-half of the credits must be earned at the University of Rhode Island.
To declare you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, and you will need to complete the nuclear engineering minor form and have it signed by the nuclear engineering program Coordinator (NEPC), Dr. Nassersharif, and your department chair. You should also consult with Dr. Nassersharif when considering available courses regarding the specific options available based on your engineering major.
For updates, contact information, and the minor declaration form please visit http://egr.uri.edu/nuclear-engineering-minor/
The course requirements for the undergraduate nuclear engineering minor are as follows:
MCE majors: MCE/CHE 471, MCE/CHE 472, MCE/CHE 473, MCE/CHE 474 or 476, MCE 401, MCE 402
All other engineering majors: MCE/CHE 471, MCE/CHE 472, MCE/CHE 473, MCE/CHE 474/476, NUE 391, NUE 392
With prior approval from the NEPC, appropriate engineering courses may be substituted for the listed required courses. MCE majors, with prior approval from NEPC, may substitute NUE 391 and 392 for MCE/CHE 473 and 474 (or 476).
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 start-ups 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.
Requirements of the minor are satisfied by completing 18 credit hours from the required, and supporting courses shown below, depending on the major discipline. A minimum GPA of 2.00 must be earned in these courses. At least one-half of the credits must be earned at the University of Rhode Island.
You will need to complete the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor Form and have it signed by the engineering entrepreneurship minor coordinator, Professor James Miller and your department chair. You should also consult with Professor Miller when considering available supporting courses regarding the specific options available based on your engineering major.
For updates, contact information, and the minor declaration form please visit http://egr.uri.edu/engineering-entrepreneurship-minor
The course requirements for the undergraduate engineering entrepreneurship minor are as follows:
Core Required Courses (9 credits)
EGR 325 Engineering Entrepreneurship I
EGR 326 Engineering Entrepreneurship II
One of the BUS Supporting Courses below
Supporting Courses* (choose 9 credits not including BUS course as indicated above; most courses are 3 credits)
Business: BUS 315, 320, 341, 365, 441, 443, 449, 450
Civil Engineering: CVE 323, 334, 477
Communication Studies: COM 341, 402
Community Planning: CPL 434, 537
Economics: ECN 201, 202
Engineering Ethics: EGR 316
Environmental Economics: EEC 205, 310
Industrial and Systems Engineering: ISE 304 (404), 451, 500, 552
Marine Affairs: MAF 220, 312
Writing: WRT 332 (333)
*Supporting courses may be substituted with appropriate other courses including special projects only with prior approval by the engineering entrepreneurship minor coordinator, Professor James Miller, and your department chair.
The environmental engineering minor comprises a minimum of 18 credit hours, at least half of which must be earned at URI, including two “Fundamental Science” courses, two “Environmental Engineering Fundamentals” courses (for non CVE majors), and up to four “Environmental Engineering Design” courses from an approved list. Students may also select one course from a list of approved “Supporting Courses“.
Only engineering students may pursue this minor. Students declaring this minor must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in courses counted toward the minor. Students will need to complete the environmental engineering minor form and have it signed by the environmental engineering minor coordinator, Dr. Vinka Craver, and the civil and environmental engineering department chair. Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite requirements for individual courses, as applicable.
The course requirements for the undergraduate environmental engineering minor are as follows:
Fundamental Science: Select 2 courses
MCE 341, CHM112, CHE 212, CHM 227
Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (Required for non-CVE students)
CVE 370*, CVE 374*
* not counted toward minor for CVE students
Environmental Engineering Design: Select up to 4 courses
CVE323, CVE 325G, CVE 470, CVE 471, CVE 474, CVE 475, CVE 477, CVE 482, CVE 484, CVE 491, 492
Supporting Courses: May select 1 course
CPL/LAR 434, CPL 485, EEC 430, GEO 305, GEO 462, GEO 483, ISE 460, NRS 409, NRS 410, NRS 412, NRS 415, NRS 461, OCG 480
Any engineering major may declare a “minor in robotics rngineering” field of study, which will be listed on the student’s academic record after graduation. Requirements may be satisfied by completing 18 credit hours. Students must complete one of the following options, as well as an additional three courses (9 credits) from the list of supporting courses. The choice of option is not restricted by major.
Application for the engineering minor must be filed in the Engineering Dean’s Office at least one semester prior to expected graduation. Forms must be signed by the coordinator for the chosen option and the chair of the students department, and then brought to the College of Engineering Dean’s Office for formal declaration and inclusion in the student’s file. Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite requirements for individual courses, as applicable.
The course requirements for Option 1: Ocean Engineering Focus are as follows:
OCE360, OCE467, MTH215
The course requirements for Option 2: Mechanical Engineering Focus are as follows:
MCE431, MCE433, MTH215
The course requirements for Option 3: Electrical Engineering Focus are as follows:
ELE458/459, ELE470, MTH215
In addition to the required courses from the selected focus, at least 9 additional credits must be earned from the following supporting courses. With prior approval, supporting courses may be substituted with appropriate other courses including special projects.
ELE205/206*, ELE458/459, ELE470, ELE583, MCE366, MCE 431, MCE433, MCE530, MCE566, OCE360, OCE467, OCE516, OCE562, OCG555
*may not be counted toward minor requirements for ELE majors
International Engineering Program (IEP). In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, the COE offers a five-year program in which students earn two degrees: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in engineering and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in a foreign language. The foreign languages currently offered by the IEP are Chinese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. 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. The second six months abroad are spent in a paid professional internship working at an international engineering company or engaged in a research institute in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, or Asia. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to compete in the global marketplace and are highly sought after by employers both in the U.S. and abroad. Interested students should contact the IEP director at the Texas Instruments (TI) House on Upper College Road. The IEP has received several awards for excellence in international engineering education.
Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Programs. The COE offers accelerated five-year B.S./M.S. degree programs in all engineering majors. These programs allow qualified students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within five years. Specific requirements vary by major. Please refer to program details in this catalog, including department requirements listed by individual major and links to department websites for further information.
Engineering and Political Science Program. Students completing both the B.A. degree in political science and the B.S. degree in engineering at the same time may use courses in the political science major to satisfy Basic Liberal Studies requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. The College of Engineering and the Department of Political Science have established a curriculum that allows for the completion of the two degrees and a public-sector internship in five years.
Engineering and M.B.A. Program. This five-year program offers students the opportunity to earn a B.S. degree in engineering and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better may enroll during their senior year with successful completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
Engineering and M.O. Program. The fifth-year Master of Oceanography (M.O.) program is designed for URI students who want to enter GSO’s M.O. program while still an undergraduate and complete the degree in the year following completion of the B.S. The program is open to qualified URI undergraduates in the natural sciences or engineering. Eligibility and program requirements can be found in the “Graduate Programs” section of this catalog.
Graduate Degrees. Graduate study is available in the COE at the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) level. For a listing of advanced degrees, see the “Graduate Programs” section of this catalog.
Accreditation. The College of Engineering’s eight undergraduate B.S. degree programs in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, and ocean engineering are all accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc., the recognized leader in international engineering program accreditation.
We encourage you to visit ABET, Inc., to learn more about the importance of engineering program accreditation, and the valuable benefits for graduates of accredited engineering degree programs.
URI’s College of Engineering is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
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