Fall 2007 - Summer 2008
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Engineers devise creative applications of scientific principles for the betterment of society through technological development. They do this by discovering methods of transforming resources into useful products, systems, and services that are used in every facet of life: housing, transportation, space exploration, medicine, manufacturing and automation, and communications. The marvels of engineering are everywhere.
An engineer bridges the gap between basic scientific research and industrial applications, helping to bring innovative ideas into society to benefit everyone.
The college faculty strives to prepare students for their role as productive members of society by providing a comprehensive education.
Students first master the scientific principles upon which engineering is based and then examine the industrial and social structure that regulates the application of science to community life. Most important, they experience engineering and its creative nature as part of the learning process.
Recipients of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering have many options: employment in industry or government; further education in fields such as engineering, law, medicine, business, sales, management, and more. Engineering is the only undergraduate program that introduces students to such diverse studies as mathematics, pure and applied sciences, engineering sciences, synthesis, systems design, social sciences, and humanities and fine arts.
A comprehensive education is required for engineers. Engineering challenges are more complex, require a greater sophistication of skills, and will affect people even more directly than in the past. Engineers must be able to marshall their skills to grapple with legal, environmental, humanistic, political, social, and economic concerns.
Major issues addressed by engineers include pollution and hazardous waste management, energy resources and enhanced oil recovery, transportation, housing, and product safety. High-tech areas such as superconductivity and space-related research will hold engineers' attention for some time to come. In order to successfully solve the many challenges facing society, engineers must receive an education that informs, stimulates, and provides practical experience. The Cullen College of Engineering provides that education.
The Cullen College of Engineering has six honor societies. They are described below:
Alpha Pi Mu
Eta Kappa Nu
Omega Chi Epsilon
Pi Tau Sigma
Tau Beta Pi
Because student organizations play an important part in helping students to become responsible members of their profession and the university, all students are encouraged to become active members. The following organizations are open to engineering students in good standing:
American Institute of Chemical Engineers - Student Chapter
American Society of Civil Engineers - Student Chapter
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Student Branch
Institute of Industrial Engineers - Student Chapter
American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Student Section
Society of Automotive Engineers - Student Chapter
Society of Women Engineers - Student Chapter
M.A.E.S. - Mexican American Engineering Society
N.S.B.E. - National Society of Black Engineers
S.H.P.E. - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineer
The college awards four-year scholarships based on academic performance in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 per year for beginning students. Currently enrolled and transfer students may also be eligible for college awards and for other scholarships through their major departments. Applications for engineering scholarships are available in the Engineering Dean's Office (room E421-D3) or by calling 713-743-4200.
Six undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Biomedical Engineering degree program has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board but has not been reviewed for Engineering Accreditation by ABET.
Program Educational Objectives for Academic Programs
The criteria used to accredit engineering programs have undergone major revisions in recent years. The criteria require that each program for which an institution seeks accreditation or reaccreditation must have in place:
Engineering Educational Resource Center
The Engineering Educational Resource Center (EERC) is a technology support unit on campus for students, faculty, and staff. The EERC strives to anticipate and proactively meet the technology needs of the engineering community and provide superior customer service. The EERC:
Engineering students have access to a number of computer laboratories on campus, and each provides a different level of service.
The Educational Production Specialist, Instructional Designer, and graduate assistants have offices in this Educational Resource Center and are available to assist faculty and students with any technology needs, while they also conduct special software training classes, and serve as a resource to help students understand and utilize the various technologies available at the university.
The College of Engineering administers an additional course management system (Blackboard) to enhance credit courses, continuing education and outreach efforts, summer camps and student workshops, student organizations, departmental administration and special projects. Blackboard gives the College flexibility to support a number of initiatives which are not available with WebCT/VISTA.
The goal of the Engineering Computing operation is to provide an excellent educational computing environment for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Engineering, and for students in other colleges who are taking courses offered by departments that require computer resources. Access for graduate students is primarily for those who are not engaged in M.S. and Ph.D. thesis and dissertation research. Faculty advisors have the responsibility to obtain funding for research computing done by them and their students from research grant resources that are usually available for such support.
The Engineering Computing Center (ECC) is the College's largest open lab with 124 computer workstations, a scanner, and secure printers. The operating environment includes 80 computers running XP, 32 computers running both XP and Linux, and 12 Sun Solaris 8 stations. A variety of software applications are available to provide a quality undergraduate education.
The ECC is open 7 days a week (M-Th 8:00 am-11:00 p.m., Fri 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., and Sat-Sun 12:00 noon-7:00 p.m.).
The Engineering Educational Resource Center and Instructional Lab has 28 computers running XP and Linux and is designed to be an open lab when not reserved for direct instruction of students and faculty/staff training. The lab is open 5 days a week (M-Th 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Fri 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).
Fields of Study
Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering and technology to the life sciences.
It involves the development of tools for studying new areas in biology or physiology, research into new methods for diagnosing disease, and helping improve therapies for treatment of disease.
The field of biomedical engineering encompasses traditional areas such as bioinstrumentation and biomechanics as well as exciting new areas such as tissue engineering and biosensors.
Students with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering have a broad range of career paths. They can work for a biotechnology or medical device company or pursue graduate degrees in medicine, law, biomedical sciences, or biomedical engineering.
Only within the last several decades has biomedical engineering become recognized as a separate academic discipline and it continues to rapidly evolve and expand. Although based on fundamental principles in the natural sciences and mathematics, it integrates these with sound engineering precepts to tackle problems in biology and medicine. It seeks to employ the experimental and analytical methods of engineering to the study of living systems. This involves such issues as: development of biological materials and implants; study of processes for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; and development of new methods and techniques for patient rehabilitation and health monitoring.
The demand for biomedical engineers is expected to continue to grow rapidly over the next decade. This is due in part to the aging of the U.S. population and its increasing demand for better medical devices and systems for diagnosis and treatment of diseases. There is a strong need for more proactive health care. Increasingly sophisticated equipment and procedures will fuel an increased requirement for biomedical engineers.
Chemical engineers investigate and develop techniques to convert basic raw materials into useful products. The field extends into many areas of manufacturing and refining, as well as resource management and environmental concerns.
Chemical engineers investigate the processes used in the manufacture of products and materials and are interested in the concerns of manufacturing processes: pollution control and hazardous waste management.
Chemical engineers address large-scale problems. While the chemist investigates the interaction of chemicals in the formation of a new product in a laboratory environment, the chemical engineer develops the processes and procedures needed to produce marketable quantities of the new product. While the physicist analyzes the makeup and properties of a superconducting material, the chemical engineer plans the facility that will manufacture the material in the volume and configurations needed. Many career opportunities await chemical engineering graduates including those involving computer systems and process control, environmental control, biochemical agents, electronic materials, superconducting materials, pharmaceuticals, petroleum engineering, petrochemicals, and synthetics.
An individually structured curriculum will introduce students to interesting subjects such as materials, fluid mechanics, economics, and computer science. Students also investigate the design, construction, and operation of process units. Oral and written communications, teamwork, and management are also emphasized.
Aside from foundation courses-math, physics, and chemistry-and engineering sciences, students may select specialty study areas in process engineering, process control, biotechnology, electronic materials, environmental engineering, and petroleum engineering. Students' backgrounds are developed with courses such as mathematics, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and environmental engineering is a people-oriented field focused on providing the basic needs of humanity.
Civil engineers improve society's quality of life by enhancing the surroundings in which people live and by designing public works, transportation systems, buildings, and other infrastructure components.
Environmental engineers address problems such as hazardous waste management, drinking water treatment, municipal waste disposal, and other issues that affect the environment.
The jobs available in the field of civil and environmental engineering are diverse, so a broad base is provided to prepare graduates for a variety of positions. Students receive a broad-based education in the freshman and sophomore years and a more focused education in the junior and senior years. Further specialization after the senior year is offered through graduate education, where students focus on specific aspects of civil or environmental engineering. Students can choose electives from several areas of concentration including structural, geotechnical, environmental, and hydrosystems engineering.
Our experienced undergraduate advisor counsels our diverse student body towards successful and timely completion of their undergraduate objectives. Students cannot register for classes until they have been advised each semester.
The rapid advance of knowledge requires life-long learning and continued self-learning for all professionals. Thus, it is essential that a student learns not only the knowledge itself but also how knowledge is created, acquired, and put to use for the betterment of people's lives. Students' skills are developed through various engineering analysis and computation courses, as well as through courses in behavior and design of structural engineering materials, fluid mechanics, water quality, soil behavior, and others. Students apply their new-found skills in a capstone design course, which challenges students to think, conceive, and create while working as a team to address an engineering problem.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and computer engineering is the application of scientific principles to the solution of electrical problems. Electrical and computer engineers conceive, design, and develop electrical, electronic, and computer products and systems. They work in the fields of antennas and radio wave propagation, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, control and communications systems, electrical equipment design, integrated circuit fabrication, lasers and fiber optics, power systems, robotics and semiconductor devices. All of these must have a firm foundation in basic electrical engineering principles as well as particular expertise in the specialty.
Students prepare for the diverse field of electrical and computer engineering by taking courses such as circuits and linear systems, electronics, digital design, microprocessor systems, and electromagnetic theory. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree choose between the EE option and the Computer option. The EE option provides breadth and depth in the concentration areas of electromagnetics and solid state devices, power and controls, signals and communications, and electronics. Students choosing the computer option take advanced courses in data structures and algorithms, digital and computer system design, operating systems, and computer architecture. Both options culminate in a capstone design course in which students propose and complete a major design project as part of a team. The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering is aimed at those students who want a more specialized focus in the computer area. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degrees are ABET accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.
Industrial engineering is about productivity. It deals with people, their tools, and their work environment, and how to maximize output in an effective and safe manner. It is computer intensive.
Industrial engineers draw upon knowledge in mathematics, and physical and social sciences as they explore methods of better integrating employees, materials, and equipment in the work environment. They explore production from various perspectives: organizational structures, human factors, management methods, facility layout, manufacturing systems, expert systems, and artificial intelligence.
To prepare for the diverse opportunities in industrial engineering, students are instructed in four major areas of the industrial engineering curriculum: manufacturing systems, management systems, knowledge-based methodologies, and ergonomics. In the curriculum, students experience manufacturing processes, planning and control of costs, quality control, human factors, facility layout, management functions, and operations research. Students are also trained in basic engineering sciences, statistics, computer operations, materials science, and modern analytical tools such as digital simulation.
Mechanical engineers create machines, materials, and systems that satisfy a particular function. They deal with problems in areas such as energy conversion, design of mechanical components and systems, man and machine environments, and instrumentation and control of processes.
Mechanical engineering has applications in all phases of industry, including such challenging fields as aerospace, materials, petroleum design, and product reliability and safety. Mechanical engineers consider acoustics, fluid mechanics, design, thermodynamics, mechanics, materials and heat transfer in addressing problems.
The department's curriculum provides students with the opportunity to learn how to think creatively and logically, and how to use new-found knowledge to address complex problems. A three-course design sequence challenges students with creative design problems. To solve these problems, students use skills learned from classes in mechanics of materials, experimental methods, engineering analysis, mechanical design, materials science, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mechanics.
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