Our Department Vision:
Our faculty and students aspire to be internationally renowned leaders in analyzing, designing, simulating, visualizing, optimizing, monitoring and assessing the behavior and environmental interactions of structures and structural materials from a holistic perspective, including those used in civil, geotechnical, aerospace, naval, marine, energy, and biological applications.
Our Department Mission:
To advance the structural engineering profession through research, teaching and service by integrating engineering mechanics theories, computational modeling simulations, experimental testing observations, and practical design concepts.
Educational Program Objectives:
(Affecting our graduate’s performance 3 to 5 years after completing the program)
- Provide a comprehensive education and training to engineers using a holistic approach to structural systems engineering by emphasizing and building on the commonality of engineering structures at the levels of materials, mechanics, analysis and design.
- Take advantage of a strong technical education at the undergraduate level to embark on successful professional careers in industry or to continue with a graduate education in their area of specialization.
- Consistently and successfully apply fundamental Structural Engineering principles within their chosen engineering application area within the department (i.e., Aerospace Structures, Civil Structures, Geotechnical, Computational Mechanics, Structural Health-Monitoring/Non-destructive Evaluation).
- Apply broad multi-disciplinary skills necessary to accomplish professional objectives in a rapidly changing technological world.
- Understand the ethical issues pertaining to engineering, adopt industry standards of ethical behavior, and apply appropriate communication and collaboration skills essential for professional practice.
Educational Program Outcomes:
(Desired knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors at the time of completing the program)
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies