The MSE program enables graduate engineering professionals to further their problem solving skills through the application of advanced engineering principles and methods. The strength of this program is in its flexibility. The program offers students the opportunity to advance their quantitative skills through a series of mathematics and modeling based courses and provides for their choice of specialty courses in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering and/or other related fields. The program allows for breadth and depth of engineering topics and culminates in either a project or final paper where the student must integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the program.
The MSE is aimed toward engineers who are involved with industrial projects. Students are encouraged to take engineering courses both within and outside their discipline. Courses include topics such as simulation and modeling, operations research, quality engineering, advanced engineering mathematics, finite element analysis, advanced mechanics, fluid power systems, data communications, control systems and advanced electronic systems.
A nine credit capstone engineering project option is included as part of the program.
The non-project option is also available, which includes two specialty courses and a three credit engineering paper in the specialty.
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The MSE program spans electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering fields. It is based on the philosophy that there is a need for engineers who can solve technical problems within a variety of disciplines. The MSE program’s major emphasis is on the further development of engineering knowledge and skills in an effort to enhance the productivity of the practicing engineer. The program provides a flexible platform for students to take either an integrated approach or a specialized approach to meet the demands of their engineering practice. The course work emphasizes presentation of engineering concepts and theory through applications.
Program Educational Objectives
- Graduates create new value in a process or product at their workplace through application of advanced engineering skills and knowledge.
- Graduates advance in their careers as a direct result of completing the degree.
Graduates of the MSE program will:
- be able to utilize advanced mathematics, with a primary focus on numerical methods and models, to solve engineering problems involving multivariate differential systems.
- have demonstrated an ability to apply advanced engineering principles to complex problems in his or her chosen specialty.
- have demonstrated an ability to integrate and analyze information in a chosen specialty in the form of scholarly work, either as an independent specialty paper or as an independent engineering project.
- have the ability to effectively present and communicate technical concepts, both orally and in writing.
The program is designed for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in engineering, engineering technology or other closely related areas. Each student works with the program director to plan a course of study tailored to his or her needs. Individual degree requirements are dependent upon the type of bachelor’s degree. Students with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical or electrical engineering, mechanical or electrical engineering technology, or a substantially similar degree from an accredited program are typically required to complete a total of 45 graduate credits. Each course typically meets once per week for 11 weeks during one of the three quarters of the regular academic year. Occasionally, select classes will meet twice weekly.
Engineering Project Option or Non-Project Option
Each student completes either a capstone project or a specialty paper. The Engineering Project Option (nine credits of GE 796 , GE 797 and GE 798 ) can either draw from the multiple disciplines studied within the program or can focus more on technical areas within the student’s chosen engineering discipline. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each student develops an engineering project proposal and presents it for approval before a committee. The same committee reviews the progress and judges the completion of the engineering project in subsequent courses.
The Non-Project Option will require a two-course sequence in 700- or 800- level EE/ME specialty courses and a final course (GE 791 ) in which a specialty paper is written. In this final course, each student completes a paper analysis/design of certain aspects of the chosen specialty and presents it both orally and in writing. The paper is reviewed by the program director (course coordinator) and a faculty member in the specialty area.
The MSE program has the following credit requirements from each of the following disciplines: