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To become a great engineer, you need the very best education. And nowhere will you find a more complete learning experience than at Wichita State’s College of Engineering. • Combining our renowned programs, technology and unmatched research facilities with the opportunities for experience-based learning found in Kansas’ largest city, only WSU offers an engineering education to take you as far as you want to go. At WSU, you’ll not only gain a solid foundation of engineering knowledge, you’ll enter the job market with a loaded resume and countless industry connections-–giving you a huge advantage over the competition.

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Programs designed for

great outcomes.

Computer •

Computer Science •

If you’re interested in learning to improve how products are made, then manufacturing engineering is for you. This program focuses on materials and processes, product engineering and assembly, and manufacturing quality and productivity.

Bioengineers design the medical technology to maintain and improve our quality of life. They work for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and biomedical research institutes.

Electrical • Engineering Management • Engineering for Manufacture •

Industrial • Mechanical •

From designing digital hardware to networking and programming, graduates of our computerengineering and computer-science programs are ready for high-tech careers across the globe.

• Electrical Engineering Our electrical engineering graduates have a diverse range of skills for jobs in fields as eclectic as avionics, information processing and instrumentation-andmeasurement systems-—just to name a few.

• Engineering Technology

Bachelor’s degree

Master’s degree


So, what should i take to get ready for a WSU engineering education? Getting the best engineering education possible starts while you’re still in high school. By taking the courses listed below, you’ll maximize your chances for success once you’re an official Shocker engineering student: • Algebra I and II • Trigonometry • Geometry

Students in this program study materials/mechanics, mechanical design, dynamics/controls and thermalfluid science-—equipping them for jobs in nearly every industry.

• Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Technology • Computer Networking •

Want to design, research, develop or manufacture craft that fly, launch and orbit? Our aerospace engineering students learn about everything from aerodynamics and flight mechanics to propulsion and control systems and work everywhere from local aircraft companies to NASA.

• Mechanical Engineering

degree programs

Bioengineering •

• Manufacturing Engineering

• Bioengineering

Whether your goal is graduate school or your first real job, it all starts with any of our high-quality degree programs.

Aerospace •

• Aerospace Engineering

• Pre-calculus or Calculus • Chemistry • Biology

• Drafting or CAD • PLTW courses, if offered • Physics

Students in engineering technology focus on issues and applications used in product design, testing, installation and maintenance to prepare students for careers in manufacturing, construction, healthcare, education and technical services or sales.

• Industrial Engineering

We’re here to help. GEEKS (Great Expectations: Engineering Kansas Scholars) is a tutoring program exclusively for engineering students to help them reach their academic goals in courses ranging from chemistry and calculus to physics and thermodynamics. Students can learn in individual and group settings or in open study sessions in the GEEKS lab. And best of all, GEEKS is absolutely free.

As the problem solvers for the manufacturing and service industries, our industrial engineering graduates figure out ways to better use resources to increase productivity in fields like quality engineering, facilities management and project planning.

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Service Learning

| Name | Amanda Smith, Wallace Scholar

Use engineering skills in a credit-based class project to design a solution to a community problem.

| major | Aerospace Engineering

Global Learning or Study Abroad Complete a global-learning project within a class at WSU, utilizing cutting-edge communication technology. Or study and earn WSU credit at a different university in a different country.

Do more, be more: The Engineer of 2020 Program.

Undergraduate Research

To give our students the most-complete education

Work as a research assistant for a semester or perform an independent study under the supervision of a faculty member.

possible, we developed The Engineer of 2020 Program. This unique program offers students six ways to make their education more meaningful, while giving them an advantage in the job market and when applying to graduate school. The program offers six learning opportunities.


To graduate, students will work with their advisors

Learn the leadership skills vital to being a great engineer: effective communication, adaptation and teamwork.

to choose and complete the three opportunities that best fit their goals and degree plans.

Multidisciplinary Education Broaden your education beyond engineering by obtaining a second major or a minor. | To date, the WSU College of Engineering is one of the only colleges raising the bar in engineering education by requiring its students to complete these additional learning opportunities in order to graduate. |

| Real-world experience | NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Johnson Space Center | Hometown | Mindenmines, MO | What sort of opportunities does WSU offer engineering students? | Wichita State is heavily supported by engineering companies in Wichita and nationwide. Because of this, Shocker engineering students always have opportunities for jobs, networking and professional development. | How can WSU engineering students achieve their desired outcomes? | From its success rate in job placements to its vast network of professional connections, Wichita State’s College of Engineering is committed to helping students reach their goals.

Cooperative Education and Internships Gain real-world experience, a resume and a competitive edge-—all while still in school.

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Learning. beyond the classroom.

On top of our solid programs and unmatched facilities, every engineering student can take their classroom learning and put it to use in hands-on, real-world work environments—earning cash ($15/hour on average), credit and a competitive advantage all while still in school. In fact, our students have landed internships everywhere from NASA and NetApp to Cessna and Spirit AeroSystems. Thanks to WSU’s Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning Program (Kansas’ largest) and our urban setting, the opportunities to make connections, build a resume and work beside some of the best professionals in the engineering field are all within reach.

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One reason that WSU’s College of Engineering is a magnet for some of the world’s brightest engineering minds is our unmatched research facilities, which attract not only the very best students and faculty but also industry experts from around the world.

A haven for research. • The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) is right next door on campus and gives students access to 15 state-of-the-art laboratories in everything from aerodynamics and environmental testing to crash dynamics and composite materials. • Engineering students have access to three wind tunnels, including the Walter H. Beech Memorial Wind Tunnel, which is capable of testing at speeds up to 245 mph. • Students have access to an ergonomics and computational biomechanics lab, rapid prototyping and product development lab, nanotechnology, power lab, scanning electron microscope, composites and more. • WSU’s College of Engineering is home to the first CISCO Certified Internetwork Expert Preparation Lab in the country. Networking experts from around the globe come to the WSU campus to use this facility.

| Name | Nic Wentling, Engineering Scholarship Recipient | Major | Mechanical Engineering | Hometown | Wichita, KS

| The Shocker Racing team put its engineering skills to the test designing, building and racing off-road vehicles in regional competitions. |

| Real-world experience | Cessna | What opportunities does WSU offer engineering students? | There are several engineeringrelated student organizations that provide true hands-on experiences and problem solving, such as the Shocker Racing – Formula SAE team, where you have the opportunity to design, manufacture, test, tune and race a 1/3 scale formula style race car. | What's your favorite thing about being a Shocker engineering student? | The opportunities to gain hands-on experience. My education wasn’t just bookwork, but actual problem solving in real-world situations at Cessna over the last three summers. My internships really opened my eyes to the wide spectrum of engineering.

Engineering—after class. At WSU, staying involved with engineering means more than just going to class. The annual engineering open house showcases students’ research and design projects, offers guided tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities and the chance to mingle with faculty and staff. The Spirit AeroSystems Global Design Challenge competition brings together students, faculty and industry professionals from multiple countries and encourages them to think outside the box in aircraft design and configuration. Plus, there are more than 20 engineering student organizations on campus providing an outlet for deeper involvement and plenty of leadership opportunities.

Travel to developing world communities and introduce new technology while teaching and building strong relationships with local families. Design and manufacture a formula SAE racecar and compete nationally. Work with a national professional organization to host a regional conference. Design, build and fly an aircraft to complete flight missions at a national competition.

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Funding future engineers. WSU has serious cash for serious students. In fact, WSU offers some of the state's largest undergraduate scholarships, in addition to financial aid. And there’s even money available just for engineering students:

Wallace Invitational for Scholarships in Engineering (WISE) | | This competition is made possible by the generosity of the late Dwane & Velma Wallace. They left a legacy at the WSU College of Engineering spanning more than 35 years. WISE is a scholarship competition for prospective engineering students that is held each November. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to entering freshman for four years of study. Many different scholarships are awarded including, ten $20,000 Wallace scholarships, $12,000 Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems scholarships, $10,000 Cessna and Beech scholarships, and more.

In addition to WISE, there are over 50 general engineering scholarships for freshmen including Kansas BEST Robotics, Project Lead the Way, Society of Women Engineers and more.

To compete, you must: • Apply for admission and be admitted to WSU • Submit an official high school transcript (minimum 3.0 GPA) • Submit ACT scores to WSU (recommended 26 or higher composite score) • Declare a major in engineering • Sign up at

| Name | Jenice Duong, Wallace Scholar and Gore Scholar | Major | Computer Engineering

General Engineering scholarships

| Hometown | Wichita, KS | Real-world experience | Advanced Networking Research Institute (ANRI) | What sort of opportunities does WSU offer engineering students? | WSU students get a head start through internships and cooperative education. In fact, the real-world experience opportunities available through WSU are a big part of why I became a Shocker. I’ve been working as a research assistant at ANRI for three years and worked with several major companies. | How can WSU help engineering students achieve their desired outcomes? | Our faulty and staff do everything in their power to help students succeed in achieving their goals. Not only that, but their experience in the industry and dedication propels students into doing their best. When you have an entire audience rooting for your success, it's hard to do anything but succeed.

| For information on general scholarships and financial aid, visit the WSU Office of Financial Aid website at or call (316) 978-3430 or (800) 522-2978. |

The College of Engineering annually awards more than $1 million in merit- and needbased scholarships to engineering students in all majors, made possible by our gracious donors. Their generous gifts provide nearly 250 students the opportunity to continue their studies in the field of engineering.

• Engineering scholarships are separate from university scholarships. It is recommended that you also fill out the Office of Financial Aid's General Scholarship application.

• Need-based scholarships are available through the College of Engineering. Need is determined through the FAFSA, to be eligible for a need-based scholarship a FAFSA needs to be on file at WSU.

| Questions? Contact the Engineering Scholarship Coordinator at or (316) 978-3400. |

Want to learn more? If you would more information about the WSU College of Engineering or any of its programs, contact the College of Engineering at (316) 978-3400 or visit:

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Mechanical Engineering

Take the next step. Apply today. With all that WSU offers its engineering students, it’s a great time to become a Shocker. • For more information on how to apply, or to schedule a campus visit, contact the WSU Office of Admissions at (316) 978-3085 or (800) 362-2594. Or visit us online:


Wichita State University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, status as a veteran, genetic information or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita KS 67260-0205; telephone (316) 978-6791. Produced by the office of University Relations 8/13

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2013 WSU Engineering Booklet  

Booklet detailing engineering programs at Wichita State University, Kansas' only research institution in a metropolitan area.

2013 WSU Engineering Booklet  

Booklet detailing engineering programs at Wichita State University, Kansas' only research institution in a metropolitan area.