Engineering and Engineering Technology

To keep up with the rapid pace of today’s technological advancement, the world counts on creative solutions from developers, implementers, and innovators. RIT is well-known for producing just the sort of capable engineers to meet that need. Thanks to an emphasis on career-focused curricula enhanced by cooperative education work experience, graduates of our engineering and engineering technology programs are at the forefront of next-gen product and process development.

The AAS in applied mechanical technology is an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program that prepares students to enter and successfully complete a baccalaureate program in the College of Engineering Technology in manufacturing engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology. Students strengthen their skills by taking courses taught by NTID faculty. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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At a time of significant transition in the profession, RIT's architecture program allows for full incorporation of the skills and knowledge critical to the 21st century architect. The program produces broad-thinking architects well grounded in the principles and practices of sustainability who can apply their knowledge and talents to the architectural problems posed by the modern city.

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Biocompatibility testing, designing artificial organs and tissues, developing new drug delivery systems, creating innovative medical devices, and enhancing medical imaging techniques are just a few of the ways biomedical engineers improve the health and well-being of others.

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From nano-scale composites, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fibers, metals, and ceramics to the development of alternative energy systems, biomedical materials and therapies, and strategies to minimize the environmental impact of technological advancements.

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Solving challenges posed by the environment is the ultimate goal, whether it’s to restore polluted rivers, rehabilitate century-old bridges and structures, design public parks accessible to people with disabilities, construct roadwork in isolated areas, or develop clean water delivery systems.

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The AAS in civil technology is an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program that prepares qualified students to enter and successfully complete a baccalaureate program in civil engineering technology in the College of Engineering Technology. Students strengthen their skills by taking courses taught by NTID faculty. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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People who work in computer aided drafting technology use their skills to create two- and three-dimensional drawings on the computer. These drawings are used to visually represent buildings, bridges, canals, and houses. Computer-aided drafting operators (technicians) take the sketches of an engineer, architect, or designer and produce a set of technical drawings. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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People who work in computer aided drafting technology use their skills to create two- and three-dimensional drawings on the computer. These drawings are used to visually represent buildings, bridges, canals, and houses. Computer aided drafting operators (technicians) take the sketches of an engineer, architect, or designer and produce a set of technical drawings. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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Design computer hardware, components, and software in order to develop next-generation products and appliances that contain embedded systems.

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The MS degree in computer engineering provides students with a high level of specialized knowledge in computer engineering, strengthening their ability to successfully formulate solutions to current technical problems, and offers a significant independent learning experience in preparation for further graduate study or for continuing professional development at the leading edge of the discipline. The program accommodates applicants with undergraduate degrees in computer engineering or related programs such as electrical engineering or computer science. (Some additional bridge courses may be required for applicants from undergraduate degrees outside of computer engineering).

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Ensure that hardware and software work effectively together in medical diagnostic equipment, digital cameras, missile guidance systems, anti-lock braking systems, scanners, copiers, autonomous vehicles, routers, and smartphones.

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Synthesize science, mathematics, technology, and application-oriented designs into world-class consumer products, timely microprocessors, state-of-the-art computers, advanced electronic components, and much more.

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Merge technology, engineering, and science and apply it to practical, industrial, and business applications to become a leader in your field. In the electrical engineering masters students can customize a specialty of their choosing while working closely with electrical engineering faculty in a contemporary, applied research area.

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Develop an in-depth understanding of electrical and electronics theory and its application, applied design, and implementation to electrical and electronic systems.

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Explore the fundamentals of mechatronics involving the integration of mechanics, electrical circuits, microprocessors, mathematics, materials technology, computer-aided engineering, and design.

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Spend up to a year exploring RIT's portfolio of engineering majors before you declare a major.

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The engineering management curriculum is a combination of engineering courses from the industrial and systems engineering program and management courses from Saunders College of Business. The program combines technical expertise with managerial skills to focus on the management of engineering and technological enterprises. Students understand the technology involved in engineering projects and the management process through which the technology is applied. The objective is to provide a solid foundation in the areas commonly needed by managers who oversee engineers and engineering projects. In addition to industrial engineering expertise, students gain valuable knowledge in areas such as organizational behavior, finance, and accounting.

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The doctorate program in engineering prepares the next generation of engineering leaders to tackle some of the most daunting and complex problems facing our society. The program produces engineering graduates who are subject matter experts in a knowledge domain within an engineering discipline. The engineering Ph.D. provides students with the flexibility to become discipline-specific subject matter experts and engineering innovators in an open-architecture environment, fostering intellectual growth along both interdisciplinary pathways and within the bounds of conventional engineering disciplines. With this approach, the program develops world-class researchers who can capitalize on the most promising discoveries and innovations, regardless of their origin within the engineering field, to develop interdisciplinary solutions for real-world challenges.

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If you are passionate about engineering, science, technology, or manufacturing but aren’t ready to commit to a specific major, the engineering technology exploration option will give you an opportunity to explore your interests. Throughout your first year, you’ll take foundation courses that will introduce you to multiple areas of the engineering core, allowing time to sample some of the foundational courses in a variety of programs. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of each engineering technology major, enabling you to identify the program that best meets your interests and career aspirations. Ultimately, you’ll gain a better understanding of the career path you want to pursue.

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Management of environmental, health and safety issues has changed significantly in the past twenty years. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Now, companies work toward sustainability through the use of integrated environmental, health and safety management systems, which are woven into key business processes.

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A highly interdisciplinary field that combines aspects of physics, math, computer science, and engineering to understand and develop cutting-edge imaging systems from satellite systems to portable eye trackers to medical imagers to multispectral detectors—anything that involves recording, processing, displaying, or analyzing image data.

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The MS program in imaging science prepares students for research positions in the imaging industry or in the application of various imaging modalities to problems in engineering and science. Formal course work includes consideration of the physical properties of radiation-sensitive materials and processes, the applications of physical and geometrical optics to electro-optical systems, the mathematical evaluation of image forming systems, digital image processing, and the statistical characterization of noise and system performance. Technical electives may be selected from courses offered in imaging science, color science, engineering, computer science, science, and mathematics. Both thesis and project options are available. In general, full-time students are required to pursue the thesis option, with the project option targeted to part-time and online students who can demonstrate that they have sufficient practical experience through their professional activities.

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The Ph.D. in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. Students contribute to an increase in the fundamental body of knowledge associated with imaging science. They acquire the capabilities, skills, and experience to continue to expand the limits of the discipline, and meet future scholarly, industrial, and government demands on the field.

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The master of engineering in industrial and systems engineering focuses on the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy. The program emphasizes specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, computer, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design. The overarching goal of industrial and systems engineering is the optimization of the system, regardless of whether the activity engaged in is a manufacturing, distribution, or a service-related capacity. Students graduate with a variety of skills in the areas of applied statistics/quality, ergonomics/human factors, operations research/simulation, manufacturing, and systems engineering.

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Focused on the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy, this master of science in industrial and systems engineering allows you to customize your course work while working closely with industrial and systems engineering faculty in a contemporary, applied research area. You will graduate with a variety of skills in the areas of contemporary manufacturing processes, product development, ergonomic analysis, logistics and supply chain management, and sustainable design and development.

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Optimize, design, and manage the operational and manufacturing processes by which goods are made and distributed.

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The certificate in integrated electronics offers a comprehensive curriculum on the design of state-of-the-art electronic circuits. Course work builds on an introductory understanding of semiconductor device physics and basic circuit theory. The design of analog and mixed-signal circuits are addressed in courses focusing on issues and trade-offs involved in widely used circuits. In addition, the certificate offers an advanced course to instill an in-depth understanding of all processes involved in designing a modern integrated circuit, including electronic design automation.

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Lean Six Sigma is a methodology for increasing organizational productivity and efficiency through a structured problem solving process called DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control). The focus of this advanced certificate is on improving organizational systems and work processes.

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The MS in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration is an interdisciplinary degree designed for individuals who wish to achieve competence in mechanical or manufacturing engineering through an applied course of study. The program includes courses in engineering, business practices, and management functions found in many manufacturing enterprises.

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The master of science in manufacturing leadership is a leadership program for experienced engineers, business, and technical professionals who aspire to high-level positions in operations, supply chain management, and process improvement. The program integrates business and engineering courses with an emphasis on operational excellence, supply chain management, systems thinking, and leadership of teams and organizations.  

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The advanced certificate in materials science and engineering is specially designed to establish a common base of materials-oriented knowledge for students with baccalaureate degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, and related disciplines. The program provides a new intellectual identity to those interested in the study of advanced materials and offers a serious interdisciplinary learning experience in materials studies, crossing over the traditional boundaries of such classical disciplines as chemistry, physics, and electrical, mechanical, and microelectronic engineering.

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The MS degree in materials science and engineering, offered jointly by the College of Science and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, is designed with a variety of options to satisfy individual and industry needs in the rapidly growing field of materials.

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From rockets to robots, power plants to biomechanical parts, mechanical engineers put both energy and machines to work.

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The ME in mechanical engineering is intended to be a terminal degree program designed for those who do not expect to pursue a doctoral degree but who wish to become a leader within the mechanical engineering field. This program is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part time, for those interested in updating their technical skills, or for those who are not focused on a research-oriented master of science degree, which requires a thesis. A conventional thesis is not required for the program. In its place, students complete a capstone experience, which may be a design project leadership course or a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship. A research methods course may also fulfill the capstone experience; however, this option is primarily intended for students who are considering transitioning to the MS program in mechanical engineering. (Courses taken within the ME program are transferrable to the MS program.)

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The mechanical engineering masters produces graduates who are leaders in their respective fields who are ready to tackle high-level problems as practicing professionals. Designed for students who desire advanced training in specific areas of mechanical engineering, the master of science acts as a prelude to a career in either research or industry. Students can choose to focus on a variety of disciplines including dynamics, robotics, nanotechnology, biomechanics, energy systems, or more.

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Understand how products and machinery work, as well as how to design, manufacture, or use technology to develop mechanical systems for high-performance automobiles, aerospace systems, bioengineered devices, energy technologies, and more.

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The mechatronics engineering certificate is designed for practicing mechanical and electrical engineers who aspire to become strong contributors to multidisciplinary design and product development teams working in the area of mechatronics. The program provides engineers with a solid foundation in the core principles of their complementary discipline and augments this foundation with focused study in mechatronics at the intersection of electrical and mechanical engineering. A significant laboratory experience completes the program and facilitates the transfer of new cross-disciplinary knowledge to professional practice. Participants are positioned to drive innovation in technology and product development.

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Integrated microelectronic or nanoelectronic circuits and sensors drive the global economy, increase productivity, and help improve our quality of life.

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Integrated microelectronic or nanoelectronic circuits and sensors drive our global economy, increase our productivity, and help improve our quality of life. Semiconductor and photonic devices impact virtually every aspect of human life, from communication, entertainment, and transportation to health, solid state lighting, and solar cells. RIT’s microelectronic engineering program is considered a world leader in the education of semiconductor process engineers.

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The microelectronics manufacturing engineering masters covers the intensive aspects of integrated circuit technology, modeling and simulation techniques, and hands-on laboratory verification of these processes. In the laboratory, students from various engineering and science backgrounds design and fabricate semiconductor circuits, learn how to utilize imaging equipment, develop and create systems, and manufacture and test their own integrated circuits in our cleanroom. Microelectronics manufacturing at RIT utilizes many different disciplines such as chemistry, physics, and engineering to provide a degree that makes our students very sought after in the job market.

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The multidisciplinary doctorate degree in microsystems engineering builds on 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 program provides a foundation to explore future technology through research in nano-engineering, design methods, and technologies and their integration into micro- and nano-scaled systems. Some of the program’s areas of exploration include:

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Crafting ways to package a range of products, from food and cosmetics to electronics and consumer products, for transportation, storage, display, and presentation.

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The MS degree in packaging science is designed to educate packaging professionals to become experts in the packaging development process. Students learn how to select raw materials, design, and create packaging to withstand environmental hazards during transportation, and to create aesthetically pleasing packages to pique consumer interest. Through a combination of theoretical and application-focused learning experiences, students gain comprehensive knowledge related to packaging design, package testing, product marketing, project management, and quality control.

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Students in the precision manufacturing technology major are prepared for employment in precision machining and/or precision optics manufacturing occupations. These include tool and die making, mold making, instrument making, manufacturing of optical elements, and computer numerical control machining (CNC). Graduates are successfully employed in both large manufacturing corporations and small contract manufacturing shops. In addition, graduates can continue their education in manufacturing and engineering technology programs. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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The master of science in product development is a leadership program for experienced engineers and technical specialists who aspire to high-level positions associated with product innovation. The program integrates business and engineering management courses to build cross-functional competence with emphasis on the total product development lifecycle, systems thinking and design, holistic decision making, and leadership of product development teams and organizations.

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Combining innovations in industrial productivity and advanced manufacturing technologies, including robotics, computer-aided design, computer numerical control, microprocessor controls, computer-aided manufacturing, flexible manufacturing systems, assembly automation, and electronics manufacturing.

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Encompasses technical issues affecting software architecture, design, and implementation as well as process issues that address project management, planning, quality assurance, and product maintenance.

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Software engineers define, design, develop, and maintain high-quality software systems that enable computers to adapt and meet the innovative demands of the future. With the rapidly increasing release of new computer systems and applications, educated and experienced software engineers are in demand.

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Sustainable engineering refers to the integration of social, environmental, and economic considerations into product, process, and energy system design methods. Additionally, sustainable engineering encourages the consideration of the complete product and process lifecycle during the design effort. The intent is to minimize environmental impacts across the entire lifecycle while simultaneously maximizing the benefits to social and economic stakeholders. The master of engineering in sustainable engineering is multidisciplinary and managed by the industrial and systems engineering department.

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Sustainable engineering refers to the integration of social, environmental, and economic considerations into product, process, and energy system design methods. Additionally, sustainable engineering encourages the consideration of the complete product and process lifecycle during the design effort. The intent is to minimize environmental impacts across the entire lifecycle while simultaneously maximizing the benefits to social and economic stakeholders. 

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Students in the MS degree in sustainable systems will develop an understanding of basic sustainability principles and have the expertise to analyze and solve complex sustainability issues.

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The telecommunications industry has driven technological innovation and provided outstanding career opportunities for people with the right technical and leadership skills. New services offered through the internet, mobility via wireless technology, and extreme capacity created by fiber optics, as well as the evolution of policy and regulation, are shaping the telecommunication network of the future. The MS in telecommunications engineering technology focuses on developing an advanced level of skill and knowledge needed by future leaders in the industry. This program is designed for individuals who seek advancement into managerial roles in the dynamic telecommunications environment.

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The advanced certificate in vibrations provides students with specialized skills that are sought after in a variety of industrial settings. Engineers with skills in vibration engineering contribute to manufacturing production systems, aerospace systems, automotive engineering, medical product development, building mechanical and plumbing systems, consumer product development, and a host of industrial equipment and process systems. This certificate takes students beyond the normal preparation in vibration engineering that students typically complete during their undergraduate program of study. Students learn to use sophisticated software tools, analytical techniques and experimental methods to design, develop, and implement solutions for problems of vibration control and minimization in engineering systems. Students are exposed to modern technologies used in industry to ensure that they are prepared for their specialized job market. The curriculum answers a need for graduate level instruction for practicing engineers in a field of importance for the 21st century.

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