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College of Engineering

INDEX


Curriculum Requirements

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemical and Ocean Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Ocean Engineering

Raymond M. Wright, Dean

George E. Veyera, Interim Associate Dean

URI Engineering’s Mission. The College of Engineering (COE) is a diverse community of scholars, learners, and professional staff dedicated to the development and application of advanced technologies, and working together to enhance the quality of life for all. We are creative problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, applying our skills for the advancement of knowledge, service to our community, and the economic development of the state of Rhode Island and beyond. We prepare our graduates to be global leaders in a wide range of engineering disciplines and to create new knowledge, products, and services.

Expected Student Outcomes. As required by the criteria of ABET, Inc., the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, graduates receiving baccalaureate degrees in all engineering disciplines will demonstrate:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Engineers from all fields are heavily involved in the solution of technological and socio-technological problems; industry's needs are for balanced teams of both men and women from different engineering areas. Therefore, the college's goal is to stimulate our students to become creative, responsible engineers, aware of the social implications of their work, and flexible enough to adjust to the rapid changes taking place in the world and, consequently, in all branches of engineering.

The College of Engineering (COE) offers undergraduate majors in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and ocean engineering. Because the same fundamental concepts underlie all branches of engineering, freshman-year courses are similar for all curricula, and the choice of a specific engineering major may be delayed until the beginning of either the second term or the second year of study. All of the engineering curricula are based on an intense study of mathematics and the basic sciences supporting the fundamentals of each engineering discipline. These principles are applied to the understanding and solution of problems of current interest and importance in the field. Each curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and ability necessary for practice as a professional engineer, or for successful graduate study, which may include law, business administration, or medicine, as well as engineering and science disciplines.

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Curriculum Requirements

Entering engineering students who have chosen a specific major should follow the particular program listed in this section. It is recommended that those students who have decided to major in engineering but have not selected a specific program take the following courses: CHM 101/102; EGR 105; MTH 141; PHY 203/273, and a general education requirement during their first semester. Students who are still undecided about their choice of major after completing the first semester should review their second semester courses with their advisor to be certain that they meet the prerequisites for the sophomore year.

Students who are undecided about engineering but wish to keep it open as an option should note that CHM 101/102; MTH 141, 142; PHY 203/273, 204/274 are required for graduation by the College of Engineering (COE), and are prerequisites for many engineering courses.

To transfer from University College (UC) to the COE, students must not only complete at least 24 credits (including transfer credits) with a grade point average of 2.00 or better, they must also have completed 20 credits from the following list of required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better: CHM 101/102; EGR 105, 106; MTH 141, 142; PHY 203/273; and either PHY 204/274 or CHM 112/114.

To meet graduation requirements, students enrolled in the COE must satisfactorily complete all courses of the degree program in which they are enrolled and obtain a grade point average of 2.00 or better in all required science, mathematics, and engineering courses (including professional electives). Students are also required to complete a degree audit and an exit interview at least one semester prior to their anticipated graduation date. At the discretion of the dean, students who do not demonstrate satisfactory progress may be required to leave the COE.

Student Advisement. Engineering students are advised by engineering faculty members. While the student is in University College (UC), advising takes place at UC; once the student is transferred to the COE, advising takes place at the departmental level. The office of the Associate Dean of Engineering provides non-routine advising.

General Education Requirements. All COE undergraduates must meet the breadth, depth, and flexibility requirements for general education courses as specified below. Students must refer to their specific engineering major for additional requirements, which vary by program. For general education courses, see “General Education Requirements.“

Breadth Requirement. All engineering students must take at least three credits in each of the seven general education categories specified by the University (minimum of 21 credits), as noted below:

English Communications [EC/ECw]—one WRT course is required; only one of the following courses is allowed for general education credit: WRT 104, 105, or 106; Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning [MQ]—satisfied by MTH 141; Fine Arts and Literature (A); Foreign Language and Cross-Cultural Competence [FC]; Letters [L]; Natural Science [N]—satisfied by CHM 101; Social Science [S]—satisfied by ECN 201

Depth Requirement. All engineering students must take at least three additional credits in each of three different general education categories specified by the University (at least nine credits).

English Communications [EC/ECw]—only one of the following courses is allowed for general education credit: WRT 104, 105, or 106; Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning [MQ]—satisfied by MTH 141; See addendum Fine Arts and Literature [A]; Foreign Language and Cross-Cultural Competence [FC]; Letters [L]; Natural Science [N]—satisfied by additional required courses; Social Science [S]

Flexibility Requirement. The remaining general education credits can be taken in any of the seven general education categories specified by the University. Additional MQ general education courses are restricted to BUS 111, MTH 111 (only if taken prior to passing MTH 141), and STA 220. Students must refer to their engineering major for any additional specific courses needed to satisfy this requirement.

International Engineering Program (IEP). IEP students must consult with their IEP language advisor regarding additional specific general education requirements.

Computational Facilities. The Engineering Computer Center (ECC), located in the Chester H. Kirk Center for Advanced Technology, supports the teaching and research activities of the College of Engineering. The ECC has a quad processor Dell PowerEdge server providing centralized services for PC file and print sharing, license serving, email, and Web applications. Both wireless and cabled network access are available. Students are assigned COE computer accounts and use these accounts until they graduate. Email accounts are also provided, are maintained separately, and do not expire.

There are 100 networked PCs available at the ECC for student use. These are incorporated into two classrooms with projection systems, a main student work area, and two side project/study rooms. Also provided are three scanners, four laser printers, a color laser printer, and three large-scale pen plotters, one specifically for CAD drawings and one for final presentation quality posters. Areas are available for students to set up their own laptops for access to software, printers, and the network. Available installed software includes Abaqus, Aspen, AutoCAD, Bentley, Comsol, EES, LabView, Mathematica, MatLab, Microsoft Visual Studio, Minitab, Multisim, SolidWorks, and Working Model.

In addition to providing the computer technologies that engineering students rely on for their course work, the ECC provides faculty members with the resources necessary for their teaching and research commitments, through the use of network services, interactive multimedia classrooms, and the expertise of the ECC staff in identifying and procuring hardware and software.

The Discovery Center is a state-of-the-art multimedia computer classroom with dual-monitor PCs for 30 students; an instructor podium with tablet monitors and the ability to interact with any of the student PCs; eight wide-screen, flat-panel TV monitors; and two large screen projectors. The Discovery Center is heavily used for our introductory freshman engineering classes, where students are introduced to the College of Engineering, engineering career paths, engineering problem solving, teamwork, hands-on projects, and software with applications used in other engineering classes. The Discovery Center is also used by other engineering classes and is available to all engineering students for general use during the evenings and in between classes.

A second 30-seat classroom located near the main ECC facility contains state-of-the-art equipment to handle the increased demand for engineering multimedia instructional capabilities. Managed by the ECC staff, this classroom is available for classes, seminars, lectures, and lab sessions.

The Department of Chemical Engineering has a senior computing room with PCs and several specialized software packages such as Aspen and FEMLAB available for undergraduate teaching and research. Printers and a dedicated large-scale plotter are available in the department.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has two computational facilities. The CADD Laboratory contains 28 state-of-the-art PCs, one network printer; and a direct projection multimedia system. Available software includes AutoCAD, the Bentley Suite with over 50 engineering software packages (including Inroads, Leap, Microstation, RAM, SewerCAD, STAAD, WaterCAD, etc.); ANSYS, HCS, Maple, MatLab, MicroPAVER, MS Office, and others. Modern geomatics and surveying equipment (funded by the Champlin Foundations) including electronic Total Station and GPS for field data acquisition are linked to the CADD lab PCs, printers, and plotters for GIS representation and analysis. The senior Capstone Design Project Studio has six PCs, a reference library, and a direct projection multimedia system, used by the design teams during the integrated capstone design project.

The Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering has numerous multiprocessor Linux servers. The primary servers feature hardware RAID and fiberoptic gigabit network connections. The main computing lab hosts 14 general use, dual-monitor Linux workstations, which are available 24 hours a day to all students in the department. In addition, there are approximately 50 Linux workstations and 40 Windows systems dispersed throughout laboratories and offices. Available software includes MatLab for signal processing, HSPICE for analog circuit simulation, Quartus for FPGA simulation and design, as well as thousands of open-source applications. Numerous laser printers are available, including duplex (two-sided) and color variants. Wireless network access is available throughout the department.

The Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering has two computer classrooms. The Wales Hall computer classroom includes 25 workstations and two high-speed laser printers. The Gilbreth Hall computer classroom includes 13 workstations and two laser printers. Both classrooms are equipped with projection systems for classroom and seminar presentations. Application software includes SolidWorks, Working Model, MatLab, Abaqus, Algor, Excel, Comsol, Gams, Lingo, Maple, Mathematica, Mintab, Engineering Equation Solver, Compact 2-D (CFD), and others. In addition, department laboratories are equipped with a variety of computers for computational modeling studies, high-speed data acquisition, and control of mechanical devices.

The Department of Ocean Engineering has a newly designed Ocean Project Center at the Narragansett Bay Campus to support both their education and research programs. The Ocean Project Center is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in Ocean Engineering and is equipped with dual screens and two laser printers. Available software includes: MatLab, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, LaTeX, Scientific Word, Netscape/Explorer, LabView, and SolidWorks. The Ocean Project Center also has computer and conference tables, and whiteboards for collaborative efforts, student group learning, and individual assignments. WiFi is also available.

Minors and Double Majors. Students wanting to obtain strengths in other areas of academic specialization while in engineering are encouraged to do so by completing either a minor (see “Minor Fields of Study”) or double major. Some of the COE degree programs also offer minors. For details, see degree programs described in the following pages.

Nuclear Engineering Minor. The COE offers a minor in nuclear engineering to qualified students who are matriculated in the COE. Students declaring this minor must complete a minimum of 18 credits consisting of four required courses (12 credits) and two supporting courses (6 credits). Additional information can be found at http://mcise.uri.edu/dept/undergrad.shtml.

International Engineering Program (IEP). In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, the COE offers a five-year program in which students earn two degrees: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in engineering and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in a foreign language. The foreign languages currently offered by the IEP are Chinese, German, French, and Spanish. Students also spend six months abroad in a paid professional internship working at an international engineering company in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, or Asia. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to compete in the global marketplace and are highly sought after by employers both in the U.S. and abroad. Interested students should contact the IEP director at the IEP House on Upper College Road, or the associate dean of the COE, Dean’s Office, 102 Bliss Hall. The IEP has been recognized for excellence in international engineering education and received the Award for Educational Innovation from ABET, Inc.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Programs. The COE offers accelerated five-year B.S./M.S. degree programs in all engineering majors. These programs allow qualified students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within five years. Specific requirements vary by major; therefore, refer to engineering majors of interest for program details.

Engineering and M.B.A. Program. This five-year program offers students the opportunity to earn a B.S. degree in engineering and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better may enroll during their senior year with successful completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Accreditation. ABET, Inc. (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), established in 1933 and composed of representatives from technical societies, assures professional standards through rigorous periodic evaluations of the programs of the college. Information about ABET, Inc. and accreditation can be found at: http://abet.org. ABET, Inc. may be contacted at 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 or by phone at 410.347.7700.

Continuous accreditation of URI's engineering programs by ABET, Inc. has been in place since 1936 for the curricula of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, 1954 for chemical engineering, 1957 for industrial engineering, 1992 for computer engineering, 1995 for ocean engineering, and 1989 for the M.S. in manufacturing engineering.

URI’s College of Engineering is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Graduate Degrees. Graduate study is available in the COE atthe Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) level. For a listing of advanced degrees, see the “Graduate Programs” section of this catalog.

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Biomedical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biomedical engineering is offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE). Specialization in biomedical engineering is also available within the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in electrical engineering.

Coordinator: Professor Ying Sun. Professor Ohley; Associate Professors Besio and Vetter; Assistant Professor Huang. Supporting Faculty: Professors Boudreaux-Bartels, Fischer, Swaszek, and Vaccaro. Adjunct Professor Chiaramida; Adjunct Assistant Professors DiCecco, Liu, and Salisbury.

Program Educational Objectives. The biomedical engineering program at URI has four primary objectives:

1) Produce graduates who are able to practice biomedical engineering to serve hospitals, government agencies, state and regional industries, or national and international industries.

2) Produce graduates with the necessary background and technical skills to work professionally in one or more of the following areas: biomedical electronics, medical instrumentation, biomedical signal processing, rehabilitation engineering, and neuroengineering.

3) Prepare graduates for personal and professional success with awareness and commitment to their ethical and social responsibilities, both as individuals and in team environments.

4) Prepare graduates who are capable of maintaining and improving their technical competence through lifelong learning, including entering and succeeding in an advanced degree program in a field such as engineering, science, business, or medicine.

Program Description. Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary area in which engineering techniques are applied to problem solving in the life sciences and medicine. Biomedical engineers design medical instruments for diagnosis and the treatment of various diseases as well as for research in biology. Examples of instruments for diagnosis include electrocardiographs, electroencephalographs, automatic blood analyzers, and medical imaging systems such as X-ray imaging, radio-nuclide imaging, ultrasound imaging, computer-assisted tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Examples of instruments for treatment include radiotherapy machines, pacemakers, cardiac-assist devices, intelligent drug delivery systems, and lasers for surgery. Biomedical engineers develop artificial organs for prosthesis and computer software and hardware systems to help provide high-quality, cost-effective health care.

Biomedical engineers are employed in the medical instrument industry, where they invent, design, manufacture, sell, and service medical equipment; hospitals, where they evaluate, select, maintain, and provide training for the use of complex medical equipment; and medical and biological research institutes, where they use unique analytical ability and instrumentation skills to conduct advanced research.

URI’s biomedical engineering program combines study in the biological sciences with the areas of engineering that are particularly important for the application of modern technology to medicine. This curriculum is designed to provide students with not only a general background in biomedical engineering but also a special focus on the skills in electrical engineering necessary for developing medical devices. With a few minor elective changes, the program also satisfies the entrance requirements of most medical schools, but students who plan to go on to medical school should consult the premedical advisor and the coordinator of the biomedical engineering program.

The major requires 122-123 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 16 credits

CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); PHY 203 (3), 273 (1), and ECN 201 (3).

Second semester: 17 credits

BME 181 (1); CHM 124 (3); EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1); and general education requirement* (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 15 credits

BIO 121 (4); BME 281 (1); ELE 201 (3), 202 (1); MTH 362 (3), and general education requirements* (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BIO 242 (3), 244 (1); BME 207 (3); ELE 212 (3), 215 (2); MTH 243 (3).

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

BIO 341 (3); BME 307 (3); ELE 313 (3), 338 (3), 339 (1); and general education requirement* (3).

Second semester: 16 credits

BME 360 (3), 361 (1); ELE 314 (3); STA 409 or ISE 411 (3); general education requirement* (3); and free elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 13-14 credits

BME 461 (3), 464 (3), 465 (1), 484 (2); ELE 400 (1); and one biomedical technical elective (3-4; chosen from CHE 333, 347, 574; CSC 522; ELE 322, 343/344, 435/436, 437, 438, 444/445, 447/448, 458/459, 470, 501, 506; HPR 309-02 (or CVE 323H); ISE 404, 412; MCE 341, 354, 372; MTH 442, 451, 462, 471).

Second semester: 14 credits

BME 462 (3), 468 (3), 485 (2), and general education requirement* (6).

*Must take at least six credits of EC/ECw general education courses, with at least one course in writing, ECw.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. To qualify for this program, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher while pursuing their B.S. degree. To ease the course load at the graduate level, candidates are encouraged to earn some graduate credits (e.g. one or two courses not required for their B.S. degree) during their senior year. Additional information about this program can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.

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Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE) offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in chemical engineering and is accredited by ABET, Inc. In additon to the major there are two available tracks: biology and pharmaceutical. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Faculty: Professor Brown, chairperson. Professors Bose, Gregory, and Lucia; Associate Professors Bothun, Gray, Greenfield, and Rivero-Hudec; Assistant Professor P. Wang; Associate Research Professor Crisman; Adjunct Assistant Professor Park; Professors Emeriti Barnett, Knickle, Rockett, and Rose.

The chemical engineer is concerned with the application and control of processes leading to changes in chemical composition. These processes are most frequently associated with the production of useful products (chemicals, fuels, metals, foods, pharmaceuticals, paper, plastics, and the like), but also include processes such as removal of toxic components from the blood by an artificial kidney, environmental cleanup, and semiconductor processing. The chemical engineer’s domain includes more efficient production and use of energy, processing of wastes, and protection of the environment.

Chemical engineers have a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and basic engineering. Chemical engineering courses include thermodynamics, transport phenomena, mass transfer operations, materials engineering, process dynamics and control, kinetics, and plant design. The student has the opportunity to operate small-scale equipment and to visit local industry. Intensive work is undertaken in the solution of complex problems in which economics and optimization of engineering design are emphasized.

Department Mission Statement. Consistent with missions of the University and the College of Engineering, URI’s Department of Chemical Engineering seeks to prepare students to practice professionally in the fields of chemical engineering through the provision of high quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs, to provide an environment for satisfying faculty career development, and to maintain a world-renowned scholarly research program.

Program Educational Objectives. The chemical engineering program at URI has four primary objectives:

1) Produce graduates who are able to successfully practice chemical engineering to serve state, local, national, and international industries, and government agencies.

2) Produce graduates with the necessary background and technical skills to work professionally as individuals or in teams in chemical engineering practice or in graduate schools.

3) Prepare graduates for personal and professional success with an understanding and appreciation of ethical behavior, social responsibility, and diversity, both as individuals and in team environments.

4) Prepare graduates to be interested, motivated, and capable of pursuing continued lifelong learning through further graduate education, short courses, or other training programs in engineering or related fields.

Program Description. URI’s chemical engineering program is more than just a collection of courses and credit hours whose content reflects the required criteria. The program has also been carefully designed to prepare students for the profession of chemical engineering through study, experience, and practice. Through eight specific program goals, the Department of Chemical Engineering at URI seeks to:

1) provide the necessary background in science, particularly chemistry, physics, and advanced mathematics through the study of differential equations, so that students will be able to continue their education in the engineering sciences, with depth of understanding, and learn to apply these subjects to the formulation and solution of engineering problems;

2) provide a broad cross section of fundamental engineering science courses, including some from other engineering disciplines so that our students will acquire an understanding of the way in which chemistry, physics, and mathematics have been and continue to be used to solve important engineering problems relevant to the general chemical engineering and engineering design;

3) provide students with experience in conducting and planning experiments in the modern engineering laboratory, including interfacing experiments with computers as well as interpreting the significance of resulting data and properly reporting results in well-written technical reports;

4) provide experience in the process of original chemical engineering design in the areas of equipment design, process design, and plant design through the process of formulating a design solution to a perceived need and then executing the design and evaluating its performance, including economic considerations and societal impacts if any, along with other related constraints, culminating in both written and oral presentations of results;

5) provide experience with the multifaceted aspects of using computers to solve problems and present results with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and professional-level applications software used for design and analysis; and provide for obtaining and using information on the World Wide Web;

6) provide a familiarity with professional issues in chemical engineering, including ethics, issues related to the global economy and to emerging technologies, and fostering of important job-related skills such as improved oral and written communications and experience in working in teams at a number of levels;

7) encourage students to become actively engaged in the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and other student organizations, and to continue these associations after graduation with an emphasis on the importance of lifelong professional development including the desirability of attending graduate school or otherwise obtaining continuing or advanced education; and

8) make available continuous individual advising throughout the entire undergraduate educational experience to insure that each student makes the most of the educational opportunities provided by URI, particularly those related to general education electives that might enhance an engineering education, and special programs such as internships, cooperative experience and especially the International Engineering Programs in Chinese, German, French, and Spanish which are a unique opportunity available to globally motivated URI engineering students.

Traditional Chemical Engineering Major.

The major requires 120 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 13 credits

CHM 101 (3), 102 (1), EGR 105 (1), MTH 141 (4), PHY 203 (3), PHY 273 (1).

Second semester: 17 credits

CHM 112 (3), 114 (1), EGR 106 (2), MTH 142 (4), PHY 204 (3), 274 (1), and ECN 201 (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 12 credits

CHE 212 (3), CHM 227 (3), MTH 243 (3), and general education requirements (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

CHE 272 (3), 313 (3), 332 (3); CHM 228 or BCH 311 (3), and MTH 244 or 362(3).

Junior Year First semester: 17 credits

CHE 314 (3), 347 (3), CHM 335 (2), 431 (3), approved mathematics elective (3), and general education requirement (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

CHE 348 (3), 464 (3), CHM 432 or approved substitute course (3), and general education requirements (6).

Senior Year First semester: 17 credits

CHE 328 (1), 345 [capstone] (2), 349 (2), 351 [capstone] (3), 425 (3), and approved professional elective (3), and general education requirement (3).

Second semester: 14 credits

CHE 346 [capstone] (2), 352 [capstone] (3), approved professional electives (9).

Biology Track in Chemical Engineering. The primary motivation is to respond to advances in our understanding of biological processes at the molecular and macroscopic levels, and the unique opportunity for chemical engineers to translate that understanding to useful processes. The application of the chemical engineering paradigm to biology enables graduates to develop new molecular biology tools; drug delivery systems; artificial skin, organs and tissues; sensors and alternative fuels; and to integrate new bio-products into existing materials. The curriculum is founded on the core principles of transport phenomena, unit operations, thermodynamics, and reaction kinetics. Students take a series of five courses in biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. Besides preparing students for the biotechnology industry, this combination of biology, chemical engineering, and chemistry courses is relevant to those considering medical school.

This track follows a program similar to the traditional chemical engineering curriculum, but with biology and biochemistry courses replacing some of the other technical and science courses.

The biology track requires 127 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 13 credits

CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); PHY 203 (3), 273 (1).

Second semester: 17 credits

BIO 101 (4); CHM 112 (3), 114 (1); EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); and ECN 201 (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 15 credits

CHE 212 (3), CHM 227 (3); MTH 243 (3), and general education requirements (6).

Second semester: 15 credits

BCH 311 (3); CHE 272 (3), 313 (3), 332 (3); and MTH 244 (3) or 362 (3).

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

BIO 341 (3); CHE 314 (3), 347 (3); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1), and general education requirement (3).

Second semester: 17 credits

CHE 348 (3), 464 (3); MIC 211 (4), BIO 352 (4), and general education requirements (3).

Senior Year First semester: 17 credits

CHE 328 (1), 345 [capstone] (2), 349 (2), 351 [capstone] (3), 425 (3), approved professional elective (3), and general education requirement (3).

Second semester: 17 credits

CHE 346 [capstone] (2), 352 [capstone] (3); BIO 437 (3), an approved professional elective (3), approved math elective (3), and general education requirements (3).

Pharmaceutical Track in Chemical Engineering. Biopharmaceuticals is one of the fastest growing industrial sectors both in the United States and worldwide, with a projected growth rate of ten percent per year for the foreseeable future. Driving this rapid growth are the worldwide increase in average life span, major developments in our understanding of key factors behind the development of disease, and important innovations in drug formulations and delivery. This growth has created a need for graduates who are well-versed in the basic sciences as well as all technological aspects related to the development process for therapeutic agents—production, scale-up and processing, formulation and delivery, and regulatory constraints. The chemical engineering pharmaceutical track serves to meet this need, combining the well-known strengths of the College of Pharmacy with those of the Department of Chemical Engineering, for a curriculum that will produce leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.

This track follows the traditional chemical engineering curriculum, but with biology, biochemistry, and biomedical-and-pharmaceutical-science courses replacing some of the other technical and science courses.

The pharmaceutical track requires 126 credits.

Freshman Year First Semester: 13 credits

CHM 101 (3) and 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); PHY 203 (3) and 273 (1).

Second Semester: 17 credits

BIO 101 (4); CHM 112 (3) and 114 (1); EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4), and ECN 201 (3).

Sophomore Year First Semester: 15 credits

CHE 212 (3); CHM 227 (3); MTH 243 (3), and general education requirements (6).

Second Semester: 15 credits

BCH 311 (3); CHE 272 (3), 313 (3), and 332 (3); MTH 244 (3) or 362 (3).

Junior Year First Semester: 15 credits

BIO 341 (3); BPS 301 (2), 303 (2), and 305 (2); CHE 314 (3) and 347 (3).

Junior YearSecond Semester: 17 credits

BPS 425 (3); CHE 348 (3) and 464 (3); MIC 211 (4); PHY 204 (3) and 274 (1).

Senior Year First Semester: 17 credits

CHE 328 (1), 345 (2), 349 (2), 351 (3), 425 (3), and 574 (3); and general education requirements (3).

Senior YearSecond Semester: 17 credits

CHE 346 (2), 352 (3), and 548 (3) or approved professional elective (3); approved professional elective (3); and general education requirements (6).

Minor in Nuclear Engineering. Qualified chemical engineering students may pursue a minor in nuclear engineering. Students declaring this minor must complete a minimum of 18 credits consisting of four required courses (12 credits) and two supporting courses (6 credits). Additional information can be found at http://mcise.uri.edu/dept/undergrad.shtml.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. To qualify for this program, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher while pursuing their B.S. degree. To ease the course load at the graduate level, candidates are encouraged to earn some graduate credits (e.g. one or two courses not required for their B.S. degree) during their senior year. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.

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Chemical and Ocean Engineering

As of June 2009, new admissions to this program have been suspended. For program details, please refer to the 2009-2010 URI Catalog.

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Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CVE) offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in civil engineering and is accredited by ABET, Inc. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in civil and environmental engineering.

Faculty: Professor Tsiatas, chairperson. Professors Lee, Veyera, and R.Wright; Associate Professors Baxter, Gindy, Hunter, Karamanlidis, Thiem, and Thomas; Assistant Professors Bradshaw and Craver; Adjunct Professors Baird, Harr, and T. Wright; Adjunct Associate Professors Apostal and O’Neill; Adjunct Assistant Professors Badorek, George, and Osborn; Professors Emeriti Kovacs, Marcus, McEwen, Poon, and Urish.

Department Mission Statement. Consistent with the missions of the University of Rhode Island and the College of Engineering (COE), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: seeks to prepare students to practice professionally in the national and international marketplace in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering through the provision of high quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs and research opportunities; provides an environment that encourages and supports faculty career development and professional/community service; actively promotes diversity; and maintains a nationally recognized research program.

Program Mission Statement. Consistent with the mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the BSCE Program will prepare graduates for successful careers, advanced studies at the graduate level, and lifelong learning based upon a solid foundation of technical ability, high standards of professional ethics, and strong communication skills.

Program Educational Objectives. The BSCE program at URI has four primary objectives:

1) Produce graduates who are able to successfully practice civil engineering to serve local, state, regional, national and international industries, and government agencies.

2) Produce graduates with the necessary background and technical skills to work professionally in one or more of the following areas: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, water resources engineering.

3) Prepare graduates for personal and professional success with awareness of and commitment to their ethical and social responsibilities, and diversity, both as individuals and in team environments.

4) Prepare graduates to be interested in, motivated for, and capable of pursuing continued lifelong learning through further graduate education or other training programs in engineering or related fields.

Student Outcomes. Civil engineering students demonstrate knowledge in all outcomes required by ABET, Inc. and listed in the COE’s description at the beginning of this section.

Program Description. Civil engineers are responsible for researching, developing, planning, designing, constructing, and managing many of the complex systems and facilities essential to modern civilization. These include environmental engineering systems; water supply and pollution control systems; all types of transportation systems, from pipelines to city streets; structural systems from residential buildings to city skyscrapers, power plants, and offshore platforms; and all types of geotechnical systems from foundations to dams. Civil engineers play important roles in planning and administration with government agencies at all levels, especially those dealing with public works, transportation, environmental control, water supply, and renewable energy.

The curriculum provides students with an excellent background to pursue graduate study or to enter directly into professional practice in industry or government after graduation. The first year is devoted largely to courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering science common to all engineering curriculums. During the sophomore year, students take three courses in civil engineering including mechanics of materials and two laboratories. In their last two years, students develop a proficiency in environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. They can also meet their own professional goals through the selection of professional electives in these areas as well as construction management. Professional electives are selected in consultation with the student's advisor.

The major requires 124 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 16 credits

CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); PHY 203 (3), 273 (1), and general education requirement (3).

Second semester: 16 credits

EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1); ECN 201 (3) (S), and general education requirement (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 15 credits

CHM 112 (3); CVE 205 (2); GEO 103 (4); MCE 262 (3); and MTH 243 (3).

Second semester: 16 credits

CVE 220 (3), 230 (1); MCE 263 (3); MTH 244 (3), and general education requirements (6).

Junior Year First semester: 17 credits

CVE 346 (3), 354 (3), 355 (1), 374 (3), 381 (3), 382 (1), and MCE 354 (3).

Second semester: 14 credits

CVE 370 (3), 375 (1), 347 (3), 348 (1); MCE 341 (3); and WRT 333 (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

CVE 400 (1), 465 (3), 483 (3), 497 [capstone] (2), ELE 220 (3); and one 3-credit professional elective (details follow).

Second semester: 15 credits

CVE 498 [capstone] (3); ISE 404 (3); STA 409 (3); and two 3-credit professional electives (details follow).

Electives. Three of the nine credits of required professional electives must be selected from the following courses: CVE 470, 471, 475, 478. The remaining six credits are to be selected from the list in the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Note: Students are also required to take the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) examination.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program: FastTRAC5. This program allows qualified students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within five years. Students gain professional training by working at an engineering consulting firm or governmental agency. They also carry out research working closely with a faculty mentor. For admission into the program, students must have junior standing in civil and environmental engineering (minimum of 62 credits) and cumulative GPA of 3.00. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 while in the program and pass the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) examination. Additional information and a representative curriculum for the program can be found at: http://uri.edu/cve/undergraduate/FastTRAC5.pdf.

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Computer Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in computer engineering is offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE) and is accredited by ABET, Inc. Specialization in computer engineering is also available within the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in electrical engineering.

Coordinator: Professor Lo. Professors Ohley and Qing Yang; Associate Professors Sendag and Yan Sun; Professor-in-Residence Uht. Supporting Faculty: Professors Boudreaux-Bartels, Fischer, Sunak, Swaszek, and Vaccaro.

Program Educational Objectives. The objectives of the computer-engineering program at URI are the following:

1) Produce graduates who are able to practice computer engineering to serve state and regional industries, government agencies, or national and international industries.

2) Produce graduates with the necessary background and technical skills to work professionally in one or more of the following areas: computer hardware and software design, embedded systems, computer network design, system integration, electronic design automation.

3) Prepare graduates for personal and professional success with awareness and commitment to their ethical and social responsibilities, both as individuals and in team environments.

4) Prepare graduates who are capable of maintaining and improving their technical competence through lifelong learning, including entering and succeeding in an advanced degree program in a field such as engineering, science, or business.

Program Description. Digital computer and communication systems have transformed society in a profound way. The examples range from super powerful scientific computers, the Internet and the World Wide Web, to cell phones and smart cards. Traditionally, computer engineering has been a discipline that combines both electrical engineering and computer science. The URI computer engineering program is thus designed so the students will have a strong foundation in the relevant fields of electrical engineering and computer science, while establishing themselves with the latest computer engineering topics, such as advanced computer system architecture, design and programming, computer communication, electronic design automation, and high-level digital design methodologies.

The computer engineering core courses can be categorized as follows: (1) ELE 208/209, 305, and 408/409 are core courses for computer system architecture and hardware and software organization and interaction. (2) ELE 201/202, 301/302, and 405/406 are the core courses for digital design with electronic design automation and rapid prototyping, and for computer system integration. (3) ELE 313 and 437 are core courses for computer communication and networks. The computer engineering program has two computer engineering electives and one free elective in the senior year so students can further expand into areas such as signals and systems, digital control, electronics, and computer software.

The computer engineering program culminates in the senior year with two major design experiences. First, ELE 408/409 is where all the skills accumulated through the curriculum will be employed in a group senior design project. Second, ELE 480 and 481 provide each student with the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team in a senior capstone design project.Graduates from the program go on to positions in both government agencies and the private sector, or enter graduate school for further study. Many computer engineering undergraduate students work with faculty on research projects before entering graduate school.

Graduates from the program go on to positions in both government agencies and the private sector, or enter graduate school for further study. Many computer engineering undergraduate students work with faculty on research projects before entering graduate school.

The major requires 120-123 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 16 credits

MTH 141 (4); CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); PHY 203 (3), 273 (1); EGR 105 (1), and general education requirement* (3).

Second semester: 16 credits

ELE 208 (2), 209 (1); MTH 142 (4); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1); ECN 201 (3), and EGR 106 (2).

Sophomore Year First semester: 14 credits

ELE 201 (3), 202 (1); MTH 362 (3); CSC 211 (4), and general education requirement* (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

ELE 212 (3), 215 (2); MTH 243 (3); CSC 212 (4), and general education requirement* (3).

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

ELE 305 (3), 313 (3), 338 (3), 339 (1); MTH/CSC 447 (3), and general education requirement* (3).

Second semester: 16-17 credits

ELE 301 (3), 302 (1); MTH 451 (3); computer engineering elective (3-4; details follow), and general education requirements* /(6).

Senior Year: (27-29 credits)

ELE 400 (1), 405 (3), 406 (1), 408 (3), 409 (1), 437 (3), 480 (3), 481 (3), computer engineering electives (6-8; details follow), and free elective (3).

Computer Engineering Electives. Nine or more credits (3 courses) from the following courses: BME 464/465; any ELE 300- or 400-level course not otherwise required by the major, any ELE 500-level course with prior approval, and CSC 301, 305, 402, 406, 412, 415, 436, 481, 485, 486. See your advisor for help in preparing a suitable senior-year program.

*Must take at least six credits of EC/ECw general education courses, with at least one course in writing, ECw.

Minor in Computer Engineering. Students interested in pursuing a minor in computer engineering should speak with the department chairperson to discuss course requirements.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. To qualify for this program, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher while pursuing their B.S. degree. To ease the course load at the graduate level, candidates are encouraged to earn some graduate credits (e.g. one or two courses not required for their B.S. degree) during their senior year. Additional program information can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.

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Electrical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in electrical engineering is offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE) and is accredited by ABET, Inc. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Faculty: Professor Fischer, chairperson. Professors Boudreaux-Bartels, Kay, Kumaresan, Mardix, Ohley, Sunak, Swaszek, and Vaccaro; Assistant Professor He. Supporting Faculty: Professors Lo, Ying Sun, and Q. Yang; Associate Professors Besio, Sendag, Yan Sun, and Vetter; Assistant Professor Huang; Professor-in-Residence Uht; Adjunct Professors Banerjee, Cooley, and Hartnett; Adjunct Assistant Professors Davis, DiCecco, Sarma, and Sepe; Professors Emeriti Daly, Haas, Jackson, Lengyel, Lindgren, Mitra, Sadasiv, Spence, and Tufts.

Program Educational Objectives. The objectives of URI’s electrical engineering program are the following:

1) Produce graduates who are able to practice electrical engineering to serve state and regional industries, government agencies, or national and international industries.

2) Produce graduates with the necessary background and technical skills to work professionally in one or more of the following areas: analog electronics, digital electronics, communication systems, computer-based systems, control systems.

3) Prepare graduates for personal and professional success with awareness of and commitment to their ethical and social responsibilities, both as individuals and in team environments.

4) Prepare graduates who are capable of maintaining and improving their technical competence through lifelong learning, including entering and succeeding in an advanced degree program in a field such as engineering, science, or business.

Program Description. Since instrumentation is at the heart of modern science and technology, electrical engineers are employed not only in the computer, electronics, communications, and power industries, but also in diverse enterprises such as transportation, the chemical industry, large hospitals, and government laboratories.

The curriculum emphasizes the scientific basis of electrical engineering and the application of mathematical analysis to engineering problems. Work is required in network and systems theory, atomic physics and solid state, electromagnetic theory, and electronics. Creative use of scientific principles in problems of engineering design is stressed, particularly in the senior year. The development of computer hardware and software is a part of many electrical engineering courses.

Extensive laboratory work serves to bridge the gap between mathematical analysis and the real world of "hardware." Separate undergraduate laboratories are available for electrical measurements, analog electronics, digital electronics, microprocessors, hardware description languages, embedded systems, control systems, optics, communications, and electronic materials.

Capstone Design Courses ELE 480 and 481 provide the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team in a senior capstone design project.

Electrical engineering students should note that the four-year electrical engineering curriculum allows for three credits of a completely free elective that does not have to satisfy any of the general education requirements.

The major requires 123-126 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 16 credits

CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); ECN 201 (3); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and PHY 203 (3), 273 (1).

Second semester: 15 credits

EGR 106 (2); ELE 101 (1); MTH 142 (4); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1), and CSC 200 (4).

Sophomore Year First semester: 14 credits

ELE 201 (3), 202 (1); MTH 362 (3); PHY 205 (3), 275 (1); and general education requirement* (3).

Second semester: 17 credits

ELE 205 (2), 206 (1), 212 (3), 215 (2); MTH 243 (3); PHY 306 (3); and general education requirement* (3).

Junior Year First semester: 17 credits

ELE 313 (3), 331 (4), 338 (3), 339 (1); MTH 451 (3) or ISE 411 (3), and general education requirement* (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

ELE 301 (3), 302 (1), 314 (3), 322 (4), 343 (3), and 344 (1).

Senior YearTotal credits for two semesters: 29-32. See your advisor for help in preparing a suitable program.

ELE 400 (1), 480 (3), 481 (3), general education requirements* (6), free elective (3), three electrical engineering design electives (10-12; details follow), and one professional elective (3-4; details follow).

Electrical Engineering Design Electives. May be chosen as any three of the following: ELE 401/402, 423, 427/428, 432, 435/436, 444/445, 447/448, 457, 458/459. At least one course must include its lab component. Furthermore, one must be from ELE 401/402, 423, 432, 444/445, 447/448.

Professional Elective. One course chosen from BME 462; BME/ELE 461; ELE 305, 405/406, 408/409, 437, 438, 470 or an additional electrical engineering design elective (see above); MTH 215; or, by prior approval of ECBE department chairperson, any junior or senior level COE course not required by the ELE major.

*Must take at least six credits of EC/ECw general education courses, with at least one course in writing, ECw.

Minor in Electrical Engineering. Students interested in pursuing a minor in electrical engineering should speak with the department chairperson to discuss course requirements.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. To qualify for this program, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher while pursuing their B.S. degree. To ease the course load at the graduate level, candidates are encouraged to earn some graduate credits (e.g. one or two courses not required for their B.S. degree) during their senior year. Additional program information can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.

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Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in industrial and systems engineering is offered by the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering (MCISE) and is accredited by ABET, Inc. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in systems engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in industrial and systems engineering. In collaboration with the College of Business Administration, qualified students could choose to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree that will take one extra year following their completion of the B.S. in industrial and systems engineering.

Faculty: Professors Sodhi and Wang; Associate Professor Maier-Speredelozzi; Adjunct Professors Jones and Miller; Professors Emerti Boothroyd, Dewhurst, and Knight.

Program Mission Statement. The B.S. program in industrial and systems engineering will prepare graduates for successful careers that require a foundation of technical ability, high ethical standards, and good communication skills.

Program Educational Objectives. Graduates of the industrial and systems engineering program will be:

1) Prepared to practice professionally in the fields of industrial and systems engineering for both manufacturing and service sectors, and able to work in a wide range of areas such as systems engineering, quality engineering, logistics, management engineering, human factors, health care, and transportation.

2) Equipped with a foundation of technical ability, high ethical standards, and good communication skills for success in their future careers.

3) Prepared to successfully pursue advanced degrees through an environment that values both scholarly research and technical education.

Student Outcomes. Industrial engineering students demonstrate knowledge in all outcomes required by ABET, Inc. and listed in the COE’s description at the beginning of this section.

Program Description. The industrial and systems engineering curriculum is designed to provide significant strength in mathematics, basic science, and engineering science, together with a coordinated set of courses important to the professional industrial or systems engineer. Fundamental manufacturing processes, economics, statistics, quality systems, and mathematical and computer modeling of production and service systems are included.

The major requires 122 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 13 credits

CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and PHY 203 (3), 273 (1).

Second semester: 16 credits

ECN 201 (3); EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1), and general education requirement (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 17 credits

ISE 240 (3), 241 (1); MCE 201 (3), 262 (3); MTH 243 (3); PHY 205 (3), 275 (1).

Second semester: 16 credits

CVE 220 (3); ELE 220 (3); ISE 220 (1); MCE 263 (3); MTH 362 or 244 (3), and general education requirement(3).

Junior Year First semester: 15 credits

CHE 333 (3); EGR 316 or PHL 212 (3); ISE 325 (3), 411 (3), 432 (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

BUS 201 (3); ISE 404 (3), 412 (3), 433 (3), and a general education requirement (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

ISE 401 (3), 451 (3), professional electives (6), free elective (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

ISE 402 (3), professional electives (9), and a general education requirement (3).

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. Eligibility for this program requires second semester junior status with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00. URI also offers a five-year program that includes a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering and an M.B.A. from the College of Business Administration. Additional information about these five-year programs can be found at http://mcise.uri.edu/dept/graduate.

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Mechanical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in mechanical engineering is offered by the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering (MCISE) and is accredited by ABET, Inc. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in mechanical engineering.

Faculty: Professor Taggart, chairperson. Professors Chelidze, Datseris, Faghri, Ghonem, Jouaneh, Nassersharif, Palm, Sadd, Shukla, and Zhang; Associate Professors Meyer and Rousseau; Assistant Professor Park; Adjunct Professor Anagnostopoulos; Adjunct Assistant Professors Gomez and LeBlanc; Professors Emeriti Kim, Lessmann, and White.

Program Mission Statement. Provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education that will prepare our students for careers as accomplished, productive, and responsible engineers. Conduct high quality research that supports our educational goals, state and national needs, and advances the state of knowledge in our fields of study. Provide professional expertise, service, and outreach to local and national industries and agencies. Promote the intellectual and economic vitality of Rhode Island through rigorous academic programs, highly competitive and collaborative research, and a lasting commitment to community outreach activities.

Program Educational Objectives. These are related to career and professional accomplishments that the program prepares students to achieve after graduation.

1) Produce graduates who are able to successfully practice mechanical engineering to serve state, local, national, and international industries and government agencies.

2) Produce graduates with the necessary background and technical skills to work professionally as individuals or in teams in the two major stems of mechanical engineering including mechanical and thermal systems.

3) Prepare graduates for personal and professional success with an understanding and appreciation of ethical behavior, social responsibility, and diversity, both as individuals and in team environments.

4) Prepare graduates to be interested, motivated, and capable of pursuing continued lifelong learning through further graduate education, short courses, or other training programs in engineering or related fields.

Student Outcomes. Mechanical engineering graduates demonstrate knowledge in all the outcomes required by ABET, Inc. and listed in the COE’s description at the beginning of this section.

Program Description. The curriculum provides a thorough and well-rounded foundation in basic science, mathematics, engineering science, and general education to prepare the graduate for a professional engineering career. The curriculum is also excellent preparation for graduate school. The program is strong in providing a background in design, solid and fluid mechanics, systems engineering, and the thermal sciences, including energy and energy transfer. Computer applications are stressed throughout the curriculum. All undergraduates are invited and encouraged to join the student section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which sponsors industrial plant visits, special lectures, and other activities. Students may also join chapters of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).

The work in the first two years consists of basic courses in science (math, physics, chemistry), applied science (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, basic computer literacy and computer-aided problem solving), manufacturing processes, and general education requirements (humanities, social sciences, English communication). Two introductory engineering courses are included in the freshman year.

The junior year concentrates on fundamental mechanical engineering courses (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, systems engineering, engineering analysis, heat transfer), materials sciences, and design of machines. Further general education studies are also covered.

The senior year includes the capstone design sequence, mechanical engineering experimentation, and a wide variety of professional electives such as mechanical control systems, advanced fluid mechanics, advanced mechanics of materials, mechatronics, internal combustion engines, applied energy conversion, tribology, product design for manufacture, air conditioning, heating and ventilation, vibrations, finite element method, and experimental stress analysis. The program also includes two laboratory courses in the junior and senior years.

Computer techniques are integrated throughout the curriculum. Computational facilities including PCs and workstations are available in the College of Engineering's Engineering Computer Center (ECC) and the University's Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). The department's computer classroom provides state-of-the-art hardware and software for simulation, design, and product development.

The major requires 122 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 13 credits

CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and PHY 203 (3), 273 (1).

Second semester: 16 credits

ECN 201 (3); EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1) and a general education requirement (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 17 credits

ISE 240 (3) and 241 (1); MCE 201 (3), 262 (3); MTH 243 (3); PHY 205 (3), 275 (1).

Second semester: 16 credits

CVE 220 (3); ELE 220 (3); ISE 220 (1); MCE 263 (3); MTH 244 (3), and general education requirement (3).

Junior Year First semester: 15 credits

CHE 333 (3); MCE 301 (3), 341 (3), 354 (3), and 372 (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

MCE 302 (3), 313 (3), 348 (3), 366 (3), and a general education requirement (3).

Senior Year First semester: 15 credits

MCE 401 [capstone] (3), 414 (3), professional electives (6; details follow), and a general education requirement (3).

Second semester: 15 credits

MCE 402 [capstone] (3), professional electives (6; details follow), free elective (3), and general education requirement (3).

Professional Electives. Must be satisfied by a minimum of three 3-credit elective courses in mechanical engineering (no more than two courses from the MCE 47X/CHE 47X series), two of which must be taken at URI. The fourth course may be a 300-, 400-, or 500-level course offered by: the College of Engineering; or the Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science and Statistics, or Physics; or the Department of Mathematics (one 400- or 500-level course). Professional elective courses taken outside URI are subject to URI transfer credit rules and require prior written approval.

Minor in Nuclear Engineering. Qualified mechanical engineering students may pursue a minor in nuclear engineering. Students declaring this minor must complete a minimum of 18 credits consisting of four required courses (12 credits) and two supporting courses (6 credits). Additional information can be found at http://mcise.uri.edu/dept/undergrad.shtml.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. The department offers an accelerated five-year B.S./M.S. degree program in mechanical engineering. Eligibility for this program requires second semester junior status with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00. Additional program information can be found at http://mcise.uri.edu/dept/graduate.

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Ocean Engineering

The Department of Ocean Engineering offers a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in ocean engineering; this program is accredited by ABET, Inc. and is open to qualified students under the New England Regional Student Program. URI’s Department of Ocean Engineering is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the leaders in ocean engineering, and also offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Faculty: Associate Professor Baxter, chairperson. Professors Ballard, S. Grilli, Hu, Miller, Moran, Spaulding, Stepanishen, and Tyce; Assistant Professors Dahl and Roman; Associate Research Professor Vincent; Assistant Research Professors A. Grilli and Potty; Adjunct Professors Corriveau, Muench, Sharpe, and Shonting; Adjunct Assistant Professors Cousins and Newman; Professors Emeriti Kowalski, Middleton, and Silva.

Department Mission Statement. The Department of Ocean Engineering’s missions are to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare our students for professional careers in ocean engineering in industry, academia, and government; to develop and maintain internationally recognized research programs in selected areas of ocean engineering; to actively serve the profession and community in our areas of expertise; and to provide a challenging work and learning environment where diversity, community, scholarship, professional development, and excellence are valued and rewarded. The program is designed to provide students with a strong base in fundamental sciences, mathematics, and engineering; a broad base in ocean engineering; opportunties for the integration of theory, experimentation, and design; appreciation of ethical, social, and environmental issues in the practice of the profession; and strong oral and written communication skills.

Program Educational Objectives. The educational objectives for the ocean engineering B.S. program have been developed in consultation with the department’s advisory board, alumni, graduate employers, and students. Graduates are prepared to:

1) Gain employment with private or government organizations and advance to positions of increased responsibility, or pursue an advanced degree in an engineering program.

2) Work in one of the specialty areas within the broad field of ocean engineering including ocean instrumentation, hydrostatics, ocean waves, underwater acoustics, marine structures, marine geomechanics, and ocean engineering design.

3) Behave ethically, contribute to society, participate in strengthening a diverse engineering professional environment, and succeed in diverse workplaces, nationally and internationally.

Program Description. URI’s curriculum provides a basic ocean engineering program that gives students a firm base in engineering fundamentals and prepares them for direct entry into a professional career or continued study toward a graduate degree. The required ocean engineering courses begin at the freshman level and include laboratory, analysis, and design courses. A strong emphasis is on the application of scientific principles in the ocean environment gained through laboratory courses. Experiments covering several basic areas are used to provide an integrated approach to investigations into ocean phenomena and processes. Students are involved in the planning and execution of experiments, including data collection and analysis and the reporting of results. This hands-on experience provides graduates with an understanding of ocean engineering activities in scientific and industrial fields.

The broad-based program exposes students to the following topics: offshore renewable energy, ocean instrumentation and data analysis, underwater and sub-bottom acoustics, marine hydrodynamics, coastal processes, marine geomechanics, coastal and offshore structures.

To ensure that each student gains an in-depth knowledge of one of the ocean engineering disciplines, the curriculum allows course sequences in hydrodynamics, structures, geomechanics, acoustics, instrumentation, and data analysis. A senior year Ocean Systems Design Project course integrates previously obtained knowledge in a comprehensive design project. This experience may be obtained through an on-campus course, participation in an ongoing research project, or through an off-campus internship in an ocean-oriented private company or government laboratory; this internship allows students to take advantage of the many available regional opportunities.

The Department of Ocean Engineering is located at URI's Narragansett Bay Campus. Computational facilities include workstation rooms networked and connected to the Engineering Computer Center and Office of Information Services. Extensive laboratory facilities are also available. The department often utilizes an 80-foot research vessel equipped with a fully integrated side-scan sonar and sub-bottom mapping system; this vessel is used for both lab courses and research. A remotely-operated vehicle is operated by the department. A 100-foot tow and wave tank and a large acoustics tank are located on the Bay Campus, as well as an electronics shop, machine shop, and the Marine Geomechanics Laboratory. The facilities are available to undergraduates for course work, research, and independent study.

The major requires 126 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 16 credits

CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); PHY 203 (3), 273 (1); and general education elective (3).

Second semester: 17 credits

ECN 201 (3); EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); OCE 101 (1); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1); and general education requirements (3).

Sophomore Year First semester: 15 credits

MCE 262 (3); MTH 243 (3); OCE 205 (4), 215 (1); PHY 205 (3), 275 (1).

Second semester: 16 credits

CVE 220 (3); MCE 263 (3); MTH 244 (3); OCE 206 (3), 216 (1); and free elective (3).

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits

MCE 354 (3); OCE 301 (4), 310 (3); professional elective (3; details follow), and general education elective (3).

Second semester: 17 credits

OCE 408 (4), 311 (4), 471 (3); professional elective (3); and general education elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 14 credits

OCE 416 (2), 421 (3), 4951 (3); CHE 333 (3); and professional elective (3; details follow).

Second semester: 15 credits

OCE 4961 (3); OCG 451 (3), professional electives (6; details follow), and general education elective (3).

Professional Electives. This requirement must be satisfied by a minimum of two approved three-credit elective courses at the 300-, 400-, or 500-level in engineering, mathematics, or oceanography and two approved three-credit courses in ocean engineering.

Professional Practice Degree Program (Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program). The Ocean Engineering Professional Practice Degree Program, built on our existing B.S. and M.S. degrees, addresses the need for a five-year degree program that prepares students to practice engineering at the highest possible level. Admission requirements for the program are junior standing in ocean engineering, an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher, and 3.20 or higher in engineering courses. Program requirements include the following: meet all degree requirements for B.S. and M.S. in ocean engineering plus OCE 491 or 492 (3 credits) focused on a research project lead by an engineering faculty member; OCE 500 Ocean Engineering Design Studies (6 credits) (topic areas must be different from M.S. thesis project), ISE 500 (3 credits), OCE/ELE 550 (3 credits); and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination offered biannually by the RI Board of Professional Engineers. Upon completion of the program, students earn both the B.S and M.S. degrees in ocean engineering. Additional information can be found at http://www.oce.uri.edu/Professional_Practice_BSMS_Degree.shtml.

1 An approved off-campus experience, usually between the junior and senior years, can be substituted for OCE 495 and 496.


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