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96% “The Western New England University College of Engineering is dedicated to providing you with a premier education that will stimulate your ingenuity, inspire your imagination, and make you a productive contributor to the field of engineering. No matter which major you choose to study, our dedicated faculty and hands-on design projects will prepare you to improve people’s lives through the power of engineering.”

Dr. S. Hossein Cheraghi

Dean College of Engineering

In a survey of the College of Engineering Class of 2015, 96% were employed/offered employment within six months of graduation. Others were enrolled in graduate school.


ENGINEERING MAJORS AND PROGRAMS Biomedical Engineering Civil Engineering Concentrations: Civil Environmental Reservoir Railway

Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Industrial Engineering Mechanical Engineering Concentrations: Mechanical Mechatronics

Five-year Bachelor/MBA Five-year Bachelor/MS in Organizational Leadership Five-year BS/MS in Civil Engineering Five-year BS/MS in Electrical Engineering Five-year Bachelor/MS in Engineering Management Five-year BS/MS in Industrial Engineering Five-year BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering JD/MS in Engineering Management Six-year Engineering/Law


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Sleith Hall, home to the College of Engineering, has undergone a $12.8 million expansion and renovation project that gives students even greater capacity to apply their ingenuity to solve real-world problems.


DESIGN. INNOVATION. ENTREPRENEURSHIP. At the Western New England College of Engineering, you’ll study the basic engineering theories and concepts in the classroom, but the lessons don’t end there. Instead, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in hands-on design work and laboratory sessions. From creating team smart products in your first year, to working on entrepreneurial ventures in the Product Design and Innovations course, and completing your comprehensive Senior Design Project, you’ll experience working as a professional engineer. At the end of your education, you’ll have the skills and confidence to take control of your career the second you have your diploma in hand.

Smart Thinking Drives First-year Curriculum There’s no dipping your toe in to test the waters here. In the Engineering Fundamentals program, you’ll dive into design in your first semester. The Introduction to Engineering course provides a foundation in the basic principles of design when you and your team are tasked with designing and building a Fully-Autonomous Multitasking Robot prototype. The semester culminates in an action-packed “Bot Battle” where you’ll see whose robot comes out on top in a series of challenges. Watch a video at wne.edu/engineering/freshman-engineering-program. In the spring, you’ll put your new skills and imagination to work in the Data Acquisition and Processing course. By the end of your first year, you will have identified a need for and produced a fully functioning smart product. These ingenious devices include defogging ski/snowboard goggles, an eco-friendly shower system, and a vest that simulates a hug for people with autism. The first-year experience culminates with the Emerging Engineers Exhibition, where the smart products are featured alongside the Senior Design Projects in a science-fair style showcase.

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Team Up for Product Development and Innovation Mechanical Engineering students partner with Business majors to design, build, and promote an original product in the Product Development and Innovation course. Other engineering majors may take this course as an elective. Six student projects have been granted provisional patents. Most recently, a Biopsy Spacer to Improve Lumpectomy Procedures was patented. Western New England University teams have placed in the top 10 nationally at the American Society for Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase consistently. What innovation will your team create?

Show What You Know in Your Senior Design Project The capstone of your academic career is your Senior Design Project. After three years of increasingly sophisticated coursework and design experience, you will be ready to integrate your knowledge into an independent, innovative investigation under the direct mentorship of a professor. Many local and national companies sponsor Senior Design Projects, giving you the opportunity to work for and network with industry professionals. Numerous students have landed jobs with the companies that sponsored their projects. At the end of the year, completed projects are put on display and judged by industry professionals at the Emerging Engineers Exhibition.

GET INSPIRED IN OUR RE-ENGINEERED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

The $12.8 million expansion and renovation of Sleith Hall, home to the College of Engineering, has created a rich environment that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship. New labs, classrooms, and opportunities to expand green technology both for systems operations and research are part of the forward-leaning design. The additions include Civil Engineering labs, a green engineering lab, and the new Biomedical Hospital Suite, which simulates a medical environment.

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Groundbreaking Research—Be a part of it Western New England University is pioneering groundbreaking applications for using acoustic waves to filter and separate small particles. In fact, faculty and alumni who developed this technology recently presented their work at the White House at the Water Summit. Originally developed to separate oil from water in oil spills, the technology is now being used for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, including separating lipids from blood to prevent blood clots during surgery and in cancer drug research. Best of all, undergraduates are playing an active role thanks to nearly $500,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation and a grant of $500,000 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The Western New England University College of Engineering has also received nearly $450,000 from the Kern Family Foundation for projects designed to better position our graduates for the demands of their fields.

Our Labs Are Open to You from Day One From the start of your first semester, you will be in our labs working on modern equipment. All of our laboratory space is designed for undergraduate use. This gives you access that you may not find at larger institutions. Here you will be an active learner, applying the theories you learned in the classroom yesterday to lab projects today.

Excel in a Supportive Community You will never be lost in the crowd at Western New England University. Our small class sizes ensure that you will receive individual attention from your professors, who will get to know you personally and serve as advisors and mentors throughout your education and often beyond. The First Year Program has been designed to help you make a smooth transition from high school to college. Peer advisors and upperclass student mentors help you find your way around campus, explore clubs and activities, and manage your time. Other important mentors in your first year include your academic advisor, who also is your instructor in the Introduction to Engineering course; a first-year engineering seminar assistant; and an engineering alumni industry advisor/mentor.

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Want to Change the World? Expand Your Worldview Engineers speak a global language that crosses borders to improve the quality of lives worldwide. You may spend a semester abroad or participate in our own University-wide Global Health & Technology course that includes a 10-day trip to Guatemala. Engineering students study with their professors in China each summer as part of a partnership with Shandong University of Science and Technology.

International Perspectives: The Global Scholars Program The field of engineering is becoming increasingly global, requiring engineers with specific skills as well as broad perspectives. The Global Scholars program helps prepare engineering students for entry into the global engineering environment through in-class training, international travel experiences, and reflections on the role of engineers in the world economy.

Distinguish Yourself: The College of Engineering Honors Program As an academically qualified and motivated student, you have the opportunity to distinguish your academic career through our Engineering Honors Program. You will be challenged to lead and excel in an environment that sets the standard for academic excellence. The Honors Program includes advanced and specialized courses that add both breadth and depth to your studies.

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Be a Part of Something Big: Grand Challenge Scholars Program The Grand Challenge Scholars Program encourages students to tackle today’s biggest problems. As a Grand Challenge Scholar you will be among a select group of students nationally who will conduct research in an area of major significance to humanity. Through this research you will gain insight into various disciplines and learn how to turn your grand idea into a marketable product.

Internships Help You Make the Connection In class or labs you may learn about cell and tissue engineering or firmware design, but what is it really like to work in industrial or medical environments on a day-to-day basis? When you participate in an internship, you’ll work side by side with professionals and learn about future career paths. Our students have gained marketable experience and made networking connections at such organizations as Tishman Construction, UTC Aerospace Systems, ITT Exelis–Power Systems, Otis Elevator, Baystate Medical Center, and Smith and Wesson.

Innovative Designs to Shine Bright in Solar Decathlon Competitions A focus on smart technology, sustainability, and innovative design helped Western New England University be selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition against some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Teams were challenged to blend affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency to construct a net-zero solar-powered house. Team Massachusetts and Central America (MASSCA), an international collaboration, was composed of students from Western New England University, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, and Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana of Honduras. The team won first place for Affordability and second place for Energy Balance at the 2015 U.S. Competition in Irvine, California. Team PANAMASS, made up of students from Western New England University and Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, participated in the 2015 Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean competition in Cali, Colombia. Their SMART (Sustainable, Modular, Aesthetic, Recyclable, and Tropical) house won first place for Energy Efficiency and third place for Energy Balance. Recently, Team Western New England University and our partner Xi’an Jiaotong University were selected to compete in Solar Decathlon China in 2017.

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ENGINEERING MAJORS AT WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY Biomedical Engineering Majoring in one of the most timely and rewarding fields in all of engineering, Biomedical Engineering students have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. Biomedical Engineering combines engineering and medicine into a single discipline. The major integrates biology and physiology classes with the engineering curriculum to give you the background for success in the field. The Department of Biomedical Engineering collaborates with medical centers in Massachusetts (such as Baystate Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Mercy Medical Center) as well as organizations that provide healthcare technology to the developing world (including Engineering World Health). Our Senior Design Projects develop solutions to clinical problems both here and abroad. Other projects have received national awards for excellence and have resulted in patents. Our alumni are employed by such organizations as Covidien, Davol, Dielectrics, and St. Jude Medical, while others have gone on to medical school at West Virginia University, the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Wake Forest University, and the Engineering and Management graduate program at Case Western Reserve University.

Hadiatou Barry

Recent Graduate Six-year Engineering/Law New York City, NY Senior Design Project: A Quantum Dot Nanocarrier System for Targeted Drug Delivery Tracking Trying her hand at cancer research, Hadiatou Barry looked at the smaller picture. Her Senior Design Project concentrated on a more expedient way to track drug delivery when administered to a cancer patient using nanotechnology. “Quantum Dots allow us to track exactly where a drug is going, and to better understand how to improve patient safety,� she explained. As part of the accelerated Six-year Engineering/Law program, Hadiatou has already completed the first two years of her legal studies.

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Nathan Lane

Recent Graduate Civil Engineering West Springfield, MA Senior Design Project: New Academic Building Preliminary Design: 2 Story Steel Framed, Slab on Grade Building founded on Granular Soils with Localized Organic Material Nathan Lane and his team used the University itself as inspiration for their Senior Design Project. They designed a hypothetical new building for the University, including evaluating soil, designing the steel structure of the building, and developing the site to include parking, proper sloping and draining, and safe pedestrian travel. This plan included environmental friendly solutions and value engineering. “Western New England really prepared me for my career,” explained Nathan. “We studied every field in civil engineering and even delved into construction management. The department encourages and helps students obtain internships. With a job market that is so competitive, having real world experience is key to getting a job offer.” With such a rich education and professional background, Nathan was hired at Tishman Construction in Boston as a Project Engineer.

Civil Engineering They designed the interstate highway system, brought water resources to cities in the desert, and formulated the technical schematics for modern airports. They are civil engineers and they’re needed more than ever. The Civil Engineering major focuses on the latest advances in the design, construction, and maintenance of society’s infrastructure—roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and environmental systems. Students gain expertise in the major areas of civil engineering: structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, and water resources and environmental engineering. Students also develop a broad and well-integrated background in the concepts, theories, and methodologies needed to plan, design, analyze, develop, organize, and manage these projects. The major also embraces the College of Engineering’s commitment to entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary learning, and green engineering. You’ll collaborate with business, science, and other engineering students on projects incorporating sustainable building practices and developing innovative ways to complete projects on time and on budget. Concentrations Environmental Engineering Concentration: This concentration is well suited for students planning a career in environmental engineering, water resources engineering, or geotechnical engineering. Railway Engineering Concentration: This concentration will prepare students interested in careers related to rail transportation infrastructure and design. Reservoir Concentration: This concentration is for students planning a career in reservoir engineering, petroleum engineering, or water resources engineering.

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Tristan Hyde

Recent graduate Computer Engineering Albany, NY

Senior Design Project: Next Generation LED Airport Runway Lighting System Tristan Hyde is determined to do big things in his career, and was well on his way even before graduating. From creating a new LED light system for airport runways that adheres to new FAA regulations and potentially saves lives, to graduating with a job that sees his leadership potential, Tristan created a foundation at Western New England University that will pave the way for him to make an impact. “My professors were with me every step of the way. They pointed me in the right direction and were extremely helpful in completing my project. The hands-on experience I’ve had here will be a great advantage as I start my career,” he said. Tristan was hired at General Dynamics Missions Systems for their Engineering Leadership Development program, and will pursue an MS in Electrical Engineering at the University.

Computer Engineering The Computer Engineering program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of computer hardware, how to design it, and how it integrates with software in today’s computers and smart devices. Designed in accordance with ABET guidelines, the program provides a broad foundation in digital and analog hardware, embedded systems solutions, and software—skills employers desire in computer engineers. You’ll learn how to design complex computer programs using high level interactive environments like C, C++. JAVA, MATLAB, and LabVIEW. You’ll also learn how to make these programs interact with hardware through courses such as Computer Architecture, Firmware Design for Embedded Systems, and a Computer Engineering Laboratory. Students are also encouraged to participate in internships and research experience for undergraduates (REUs). You may choose electives tied to your interests in Robotics/Mechatronics, Digital Signal/Image Processing and Communications, RF/Microwave Engineering, Controls/Artificial Intelligence, and Entrepreneurship/Business/Computer Science/Marketing.

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Electrical Engineering Advances in electrical engineering have had a significant effect on our modern lifestyle. From energy conversion to information transmission, many of the modern technologies that we enjoy have come from the minds of electrical engineers. Electrical engineers are at the forefront of today’s technological revolution and they continue to be in demand in all types of public and private enterprises. The value added on today’s products is primarily electronics and software. The internet has filled our lives with their influences. Electrical engineering touches every aspect of today’s modern world. Our graduates are uniquely qualified to become engineers, capable to of designing hardware and software. Electrical (as well as computer) engineers work in communications, controls, signal and image processing, biomedical, aerospace, electronics, computer hardware, embedded systems, materials, energy, defense, and data gathering and analysis industries, as well as other diverse commercial sectors. Friday afternoons feature Hackerspace, where Electrical Engineering students work with their peers from the other engineering and science majors to creatively explore nontraditional design concepts.

Paul Rose

Recent Graduate Electrical Engineering Brooklyn, NY Senior Design Project: The Design and Implementation of a Ground Penetrating RADAR System for a Software Defined Radio Paul Rose’s Senior Design Project not only helped him work on the cutting edge of technology, but also garnered him a prestigious third place award in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Student Conference. His ground penetrating radar system determines the velocity and range of nearby objects. This new implementation of radar is both popular and crucial for defense contracts. “A lot of this project involved taking the various lessons from the classroom and incorporating them all together. The professors craft the courses so that you learn the required material and beyond,” he explained. As a result of his efforts, Paul was hired at General Dynamics Missions Systems for their Engineering Leadership Development program.


Elyssa Hannan

Recent Graduate Industrial Engineering Brentwood, NH Senior Design Project: Fitness to Drive Assessment with Driving Simulator Scenarios for Student Athletes with Concussions For her Senior Design Project, Elyssa Hannan researched how to determine when concussed student athletes are safe to drive following their injury. Currently, there isn’t a subjective test, so Elyssa designed a driving test and simulated a concussion to see how participants performed. Based on the results, she came up with a more solid assessment method. Elyssa says that the one-on-one support she received was vital to her success. “The class sizes are small, and the professors are dedicated to helping students. My friend at another school says her professors don’t know her name, and that’s not the case here.” Elyssa was hired by General Dynamics in the Systems Engineering Department.

Industrial Engineering Numerous career choices await students in the Industrial Engineering major. While other engineering disciplines apply skills to specific areas, Industrial Engineering allows students the flexibility to work in broader settings. Industrial engineers are trained as productivity and quality improvement specialists. They determine how to do things better by eliminating the waste of time, money, materials, and energy. Today, more than ever, organizations are looking for any way to be more competitive in the global economy. One of the most efficient methods is to employ industrial engineers to increase productivity. At Western New England University, you will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience by working with local companies to aid in their improvement efforts. Our students have won regional and national awards for their work. Over the past 10 years, Industrial Engineering Senior Design Projects have saved local industry more than $2 million.

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Mechanical Engineering Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most diverse engineering disciplines and affects thousands of lives every day. It involves the application of science and technology essential to industry, government, the environment, and society. Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design and development of automobiles, airplanes, satellites, robots, power plants, machine tools, material handling systems, medical devices and instrumentation, communications equipment, semiconductor devices, and consumer goods. Mechanical Engineering is the largest major in the College of Engineering with about 150 undergraduate students. Concentrations You can begin to specialize in your junior year when you can select a Green, Mechatronics, or Mechanical Concentration. Green Sequence: The green sequence of courses are designed for students to learn how to develop these untapped resources that may end society’s dependence on fossil fuels. Thanks to our Indoor and Outdoor Green Laboratories, you’ll work with solar panels, wind turbines, biofuels, and geothermal energy converters. Mechatronics Concentration: The future is unlimited for mechatronics. Mechatronics combines mechanical, electrical, and software engineering in the design, development, and control of diverse systems used in a range of industries. Automated mechatronic systems improve our quality of life and our knowledge of the world we live in. Graduates of this program can pursue careers in a wide range of industries including robotics, aerospace, chemical, defense, automotive manufacturing, banking, medicine, and commerce. Mechanical Engineering Concentration: Mechanical engineers have a role in developing technologies for nearly every product we use. Our program will lay a framework for analytical thinking through courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, materials, and thermal fluids sciences, while offering numerous electives that allow you to pursue your interests.

Thao Ngoc Nguyen

Recent Graduate Mechanical Engineering Bridgeport, CT

Senior Design Project: Design and Fabrication of an Acoustic Drop Levitator Watching Thao levitate objects for her Senior Design Project looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. However, her project, an acoustic levitator, is the new wave of pharmaceutical drug development. “My acoustic levitator aids in the study of evaporation stages of different drugs,” Thao said. “It uses a transducer and reflector to create standing waves in the middle. This levitates droplets or objects that can be examined for research.” After graduation, Thao accepted a job with Sikorsky Aircraft as a Component Integration Engineer, where she designs electrical wiring for Black Hawk helicopters.

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THE ACCELERATED COMBINED DEGREE PROGRAMS Five-year BS/MS in Civil Engineering The combined Five-year BS/MS in Civil Engineering will build your career from the foundation to the top floor by accelerating your studies, saving you both time and money. This combined program will prepare you faster with the latest technology and best practices.

Five-year BS/MS in Electrical Engineering From creating the latest smart phone to designing the power transmission systems that move electricity from wind-energy farms to our homes, electrical engineers play a vital role in our every day lives. In the Five-year BS/MS in Electrical Engineering program you’ll save time and money while preparing to become a leader in the field.

Five-year BS/MS in Industrial Engineering The Five-year BS/MS in Industrial Engineering program is a combined degree open to graduates from a wide range of engineering disciplines. Whether your interests range from healthcare to manufacturing, the program will help future engineers create value for their future employers.

Five-year BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering Save time and tuition through our Five-year BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering program. This accelerated, combined degree allows you to enhance your knowledge and skills in the field while preparing you to become a leader in the professional world or continue to the PhD level.

Five-year BS in Engineering/MS in Engineering Management From day-to-day operations to long-term strategic planning, managers at all levels play a crucial role in determining a company’s success. Combine your bachelor’s degree in engineering from any of our five majors with a Master of Science in Engineering Management and earn these two degrees in five years, saving time and tuition.

Five-year BS in Engineering/MBA With a combined bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) you’ll be well prepared to make your mark in the business world. This accelerated online/in-class program allows students to complete their undergraduate degrees and MBA in five years, saving time and tuition.

Six-year Engineering/Law Western New England is the only university in the northeast to offer a joint six-year BS in Engineering and JD law degree program. Through this program, you’ll begin taking law classes during your senior year to start to develop an understanding of where your interests in engineering intersect with the law in fields such as healthcare or intellectual property law.

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ENGINEERING AND ATHLETICS Many engineering majors choose our College of Engineering because the University offers an excellent engineering program and the opportunity to play 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports. The faculty is very supportive of student-athletes, and makes every effort to help students balance classes, labs, and games. Western New England University competes in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). With 14 member schools spanning New England, the Golden Bears face some of the toughest competition in the region. MEN’S VARSITY TEAMS Baseball

Ice Hockey

Basketball

Lacrosse

Cross Country

Soccer

Football

Tennis

Golf

Wrestling

WOMEN’S VARSITY TEAMS Basketball

Softball

Cross Country

Swimming

Field Hockey

Tennis

Lacrosse

Volleyball

Soccer Non-NCAA varsity sports include Martial Arts, Bowling, and Rugby.

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AFFORDABLE EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION Western New England University offers an excellent private education at an affordable tuition. Over 98% of students receive some form of financial aid. Assistance may include merit scholarships, need-based scholarships, grants, employment, and loans. Learn more at wne.edu/cost-aid/undergraduate. Biomedical, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering undergraduate programs are accredited by the EAC of ABET, www.abet.org. Accreditation for Civil and Computer Engineering will be sought according to the ABET policy. Please visit wne.edu for more information on the accreditation process.

Leadership Opportunities Through ROTC Students who agree to postgraduate service commitments are eligible for scholarships covering tuition, room and board, and books, as well as a monthly stipend that increases every year they are enrolled. Every student can take ROTC leadership courses, even without a military service commitment.

Merit Scholarships range from $11,000 to $20,000 per year.

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