Departments

The School of Engineering and Applied Science comprises five separate departments, as well as biomedical engineering research and academic programs that are housed across the departments. Find out more at the department websites below.

 

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Civil and environmental engineering is a broad and exciting discipline that draws from various fields of science and technology to provide safe, sustainable, and economic solutions for the design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment where we live, work, and play.





 


Department of Computer Science
Computer science not only provides the tools and technology that enhance, speed up, and in many cases make possible the scientific and technological advancement and breakthroughs, but also shapes much of the thinking and methodologies that the students, practitioners, and experts employ in many fields.




 


Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Electrical and computer engineering combines electronic design, computer architecture, programming of computing systems, computer networks, and applied mathematics. Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. This field of engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into the larger picture.



 


Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
Engineering management and systems engineering develops creative leadership to bridge dynamic, complex technologies and societal needs. This includes delivering instruction in the management of technology and in systems engineering, operations research, and allied fields to undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing to assume leadership roles as technology professionals.



 


Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical engineering plays a critical role in enhancing safety, economic vitality, and overall quality of life throughout the world. It is the broadest engineering discipline, ranging from nanotechnology to large scale manufacturing. Mechanical engineers are concerned with the principles of force, energy and motion, and they work on the design and manufacture of mechanical systems and thermal devices and processes. A few examples of products and processes developed by mechanical engineers include engines and control systems for automobiles and aircraft, robots, and lifesaving medical devices.


 


Biomedical Engineering across the Departments
Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering practices to human health issues, and it combines the mechanical and mathematical expertise of engineering with the medical expertise of physicians.  As one of seven "signature programs" of the university, biomedical engineering in SEAS is not concentrated in a single department but is integrated into the traditional engineering disciplines and computer science through all five of the school’s departments.