Departments and Programs

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering prepares students to meet the existing and future needs of industry through innovative and creative solutions. With a range of programs covering all of the major engineering disciplines, the college is dedicated to the sustainable, technical, and professional interests of our students.

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Biocompatibility testing, engineering artificial organs and tissues, developing new drug delivery systems, creating or modifying innovative medical devices, enhancing medical imaging techniques, or designing procedures to meet regulatory requirements are just a few examples of the work performed by a biomedical engineer to improve the health and well-being of others. Biomedical engineers combine their knowledge of engineering with biology, anatomy, and physiology to create devices and systems for a variety of healthcare issues. The need for sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and solutions has fueled the demand for biomedical engineers who commonly work in multidisciplinary teams to develop devices, equipment, and procedures for a number of medical applications. The multidisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering requires professionals to develop an expertise in both engineering and biological sciences.

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Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers are experts at developing processes for transforming raw materials into the vast array of high-value chemicals required by modern society. They work in multidisciplinary teams to create novel materials that are at the heart of virtually every product and service that enhance our quality of life. Examples include nanoscale composites, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fibers, metals, and ceramics. Key applications include the development of alternative energy systems, biomedical materials and therapies, and strategies to minimize the environmental impact of technological advancements.

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Department of Computer Engineering

Nearly everything you touch each day – from coffee machine and cars, smartphones, and wearable devices – is powered by computing systems designed and built by computer engineers. Computer engineering impacts every aspect of our lives. Sensors and networking technology allow for the management of logistics and the inventory systems that facilitate access to the foods and products necessary to daily life. Today’s vehicles are equipped with multiple computing subsystems that control engine operation, breaking performance, in-vehicle infotainment, climate control, and much more. Hospitals and health care providers increasingly rely on computer engineering systems to provide medical services from administrative tasks to microsurgery using robotic arms.

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Engineering Leadership

Engineering Leadership programs prepare engineers, technical specialists, and other experienced professionals to drive business growth through innovation and continuous improvement.  Our portfolio includes academic courses, graduate certificates, and full master’s degrees offered online, on-campus, or onsite at companies.

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Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering

The electrical and microelectronic engineering department offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees that combine the rigor of theory with the flexibility of engineering practice. From technology development to technology application, the innovations of electrical and microelectronic engineers are shaping our future.

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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Balance, Sustainable Design.
A holistic approach to people, materials, and technology.
These are the ideals of the industrial engineer.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

From rockets to robots, power plants to biomechanical parts, mechanical engineers put both energy and machines to work. Wherever there is motion or energy, mechanical engineers have played a role in the innovations that define modern life.

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Microsystems Engineering Ph.D.

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering’s doctorate degree in microsystems engineering is a multidisciplinary program that builds upon the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science, combined with curriculum and research activities addressing the numerous technical challenges of micro- and nano-systems. These include the manipulation of electrical, photonic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological functionality to process, sense, and interface with the world at a nanometer scale. The goal of the program is to provide a foundation for microsystems engineers to explore future technology through research in nano-engineering, design methods, and technologies for micro- and nano-scaled systems.

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Engineering Ph.D.

The engineering doctorate program will provide you with the disciplinary strength to accomplish technical research combined with industry-relevant context needed to solve daunting problems facing humanity. As a doctorate student, you may address both fundamental and applied research problems of global importance for the 21st century, centered on four key industries: transportation, energy, communications, and health care. Today, we face global challenges in these key areas, all of which demand highly trained engineers with deep disciplinary skills and a thorough contextual understanding for their research efforts. We expect graduates of this program to emerge as the next generation of engineering leaders who will tackle some of the most daunting and complex problems facing our society. Currently, all eight of the Kate Gleason College’s engineering BS programs (biomedical, chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and microelectronic engineering) and their faculty are aligned to support students from a variety of disciplines interested in cutting-edge basic and applied research.

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