In 2002, UIW established the Department of Engineering Management, and offered a BS in Engineering Management. Over the last decade, the UIW BSEM degree has transformed into the BS of Engineering degree with the Management Track. Three additional tracks have been added to the BSE degree: Electrical, Mechanical, and Mechatronics, a combination of Electrical and Mechanical. UIW will seek accreditation for this degree through ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
A student who graduates with a BSE degree with the Management Track will bring a unique blend of technology and real world business knowledge to any future career. Graduates will be prepared to begin a career as a manager in nearly any engineering or technology firm nationwide. The demand for engineers in the U.S. grows every year. The average starting salary in 2012 for a student with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering is $55,000 per year. Students with a BSE degree with the Management Track would be recruited by manufacturing, IT businesses, research foundations, and government agencies.
The Electrical track courses focus on these topics and more—circuitry, logic, the programming of devices, signal analysis, electrical frequencies, interpretation of random signals, feedback systems, control of systems, tradeoffs between sensitivity and performance, and control theory. For example, a student would learn about the electronics inside of a robotic device, and how to program other robots to communicate with each other. Students would be prepared to pursue a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Students will have the background to pursue a career in robotics, technology, and security systems.
The Mechanical track courses will cover the following topics, among others—mechanical vibrations, degrees of freedom for movement in a structure, stress analysis of elastic solids, finite elements, stress in solids, fatigue failure, gears, springs, thermophysical properties, heat transfer, heat exchangers. For example, a student would learn the design behind a wind turbine, a vehicle, or industrial equipment. Students would be prepared to pursue a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Students will have the background to pursue a career in mechanical design and sustainability.
The Mechatronics track will allow a student to combine courses from the Electrical and Mechanical track for an individualized course of study. For example, to design a wind farm for electrical production, a student would take mechanical courses covering vibrations, stress analysis, and gears. They would also take electrical courses in circuitry, signal analysis, and control of systems. Another example in Mechatronics might be the design of a heating/cooling system for an industrial plant. The student would take courses in computer programming and control theory, plus heat transfer and thermophysical properties. The combination of courses would be approved by the Academic Advisor. The Mechatronics track has the support of companies such as CPS Energy, SAWS, and other local industries.