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College of Engineering - College Overview

The Wichita State University College of Engineering shares in the University's commitment to provide comprehensive educational opportunities in an urban setting and its commitment to the highest ideals of teaching, scholarship, and public service. In order to contribute to the University's dedication to excellence, the College has a vision of attaining national recognition as a metropolitan-based college of engineering with strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs, major collaborative efforts with industry, and a respected research program.

This vision is brought into focus by the College's commitments to education, faculty development, and the local community. Our accredited engineering curriculum, enhanced by our metropolitan setting, fully prepares graduates for engineering practice and advanced education. Our award-winning faculty enjoys the support and resources necessary to create and apply cutting-edge knowledge and to impart such understanding and expertise to their students. Enriching the college experiences of students and faculty alike is the College's engagement with the Wichita community through our participation in and support of business, professional, cultural, and social programs and activities. 

Modern technological developments in engineering have brought about considerable change in the College of Engineering's curriculum at Wichita State University. The experience-based curriculum provides a vigorous, challenging experience through a broad spectrum of fundamental technical knowledge as well as courses in humanities, social sciences, communications, mathematics and physical sciences. It is complemented by The Engineer of 2020 program, which provides experience-based engineering education for our students. This balance in the curriculum prepares students for professional positions in the scientific-industrial community after the bachelor's degree or allows them to continue in graduate studies for a more active participation in research and advanced study. 

The College of Engineering is organized into four degree-granting departments: aerospace, electrical and computer, industrial and manufacturing, and mechanical. The programs in engineering are offered in daytime and evening classes, and the courses are the same whether they are taught in the day or at night. The College has Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs in aerospace, bioengineering, computer, computer science, electrical, industrial, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering. A Master of Science (MS) is offered in aerospace, computer networking, computer science, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering. A Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program is offered in the industrial and manufacturing engineering department. A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) also is offered by each of the four departments of engineering. Typical fields of specialization include aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, propulsion, structures, solid mechanics, composites, dynamics and control, communication theory, signal processing, control theory, digital systems, energy and power systems, thermodynamics, heat transfer, engineering materials, engineering design, kinematics, operations research, management science, manufacturing processes, and human factors. 


Undergraduate Programs

Aerospace Engineering The aerospace engineering program provides an array of courses that enable student participation in the design and analysis of aircraft and spacecraft. We offer courses in the following general fields: propulsion, structures, aerodynamics, performance and stability and control. Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE)

Bioengineering Wichita State University's Bioengineering program is a unique combination of engineering, ergonomics, anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry and communication. Currently there are three concentrations: bio devices and instrumentation, bio energy, and lifespan engineering. Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering (BSBE)

Computer Engineering Computer engineering curriculum is oriented toward computer architecture and computer networks and the design of digital hardware to implement computers and networks. In addition, students are required to take courses in computer programming to become proficient as a computer programmer. Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCE)

Computer Science Computer scientists are problem-solvers in the modern world. They develop computer implementations to assist scientists, businesses and government. If you are interested in science, engineering or business, but cannot decide which area to focus on, Computer Science might be the answer. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)

Electrical Engineering Electrical engineering students work in a wide spectrum of activities covering many fields, including: avionics, process control systems, communication systems, information processing, instrumentation and measurement systems, digital systems and power systems. Electrical engineers are involved in the design of many items that range from the commonplace to the extraordinary. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)

Industrial Engineering Industrial engineering is concerned with looking at the "big picture" of systems that allow organizations and individuals to perform at their best. Industrial engineers bridge the gap between management and operations. They focus on process improvement, deal with and motivate people and decide what tools should be used and how they should be used. Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE)

Manufacturing Engineering Manufacturing engineering transforms raw materials, parts and subassemblies into intermediate and final products through the use of people, capital, processes, machinery and operations, following a well-organized plan for each activity. This branch of engineering involves designing, planning and using state-of-the-art technologies in the production of the highest quality products while assuring a competitive level of productivity. Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering

Mechanical Engineering As one of the broadest engineering fields, mechanical engineers are found in virtually all industries, including: aircraft, automotive, medical, energy, building, agricultural and consumer products. They design products for machines and processes for manufacturing. They analyze, test and develop these products, machines and manufacturing processes to attain the best performance reliability within regulations to meet the cost and time limits. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Engineering Technology is a hands-on program based on engineering technology fundamentals, engineering principles, instrumentation, mathematics, science, and practical design principles needed to equip students for employment or further education. The focus is on current engineering technology issues and applications used in product design, testing, installation, and maintenance to prepare students for careers in manufacturing, construction, health care, education, and technical services or sales. The BSET curriculum offers four specialized program tracks for students transferring from technology programs in two-year colleges: aircraft maintenance technology, engineering technology management, mechatronics technology, and renewable energy technology. Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET)


Graduate Programs

Aerospace Engineering The Department of Aerospace Engineering offers programs leading to Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Current research topics include acoustics, aeroelasticity, aerothermodynamics, aircraft dynamic loads, aircraft flight dynamics and control, aircraft icing, airfoil design and rotor aerodynamics, artificial neural networks, composite materials, computational fluid dynamics, computational solid mechanics, continuum damage and fracture mechanics, damage tolerance, design, experimental aerodynamics, finite element analysis, flight loads, hypersonics, intelligent control, structural dynamics, and theoretical and applied aerodynamics. Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE) or Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering (PhD)

Computer Science WSU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers a course of study leading to the Master of Science in Computer Science MSCS. Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

Computer Networking The area of computer networking has become an essential component of any effort for economic and social progress. Demand for networking experts is expected to multiply exponentially during the next two decades. Master of Science in Computer Networking (MSCN)

Electrical Engineering WSU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers courses of study leading to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering MSEE and the Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering PhD EE. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) or Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering (PhD)

Engineering Management The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree program is geared toward helping engineers/technologists develop planning, decision-making and managerial skills while receiving advanced technical knowledge. If you find that you need to use (or develop) skills in decision-making and management of teams, projects and organizations then you should consider the MEM program. Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

Industrial Engineering Wichita State University’s Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) program offers concentrations in: Ergonomics/Human Factors, Engineering Systems, and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. The MSIE program is directed toward both full-time and part-time students with a special emphasis on providing training and experience in performing independent research on topics with theoretical as well as applied interest. Students are encouraged to conduct research or take courses on topics that overlap several disciplines. Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) or Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering (PhD)

Mechanical Engineering The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers courses of study leading to the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Departmental faculty have developed research activities in four areas of specialization: Materials Science and Engineering (including Composites Processing; Nano- and Bio-Composites; Nanotechnology) Energy and Thermal Fluid Sciences (including Alternative Fuels and Fuel Safety; non-Newtonian and Viscoelastic materials; Bio-Fluids and BioHeat Transfer; Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer); Mechanical Systems Analysis and Design (including Vehicle Crashworthiness and Impact Dynamics; Acoustics); and Robotics and Control (including biosensors and biomedical devices; non-linear control). Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSMS) or Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)


Cooperative Education

Wichita State's Cooperative Education and Work-based Learning Program, the largest program of its kind in Kansas and among the top 10 percent nationally, allows students to complement their classroom experience with employment related to their academic area of interest. Through the co-op program, engineering students receive extensive hands-on experience in their fields while earning competitive wages and college credit. Employers include NASA, Boeing, LSI Logic, Lockheed Martin Space Operations, Learjet, EXCEL Manufacturing, and others.

National Institute for Aviation Research

Wichita State's reputation is enhanced by the National Institute for Aviation Research, a research center housing multiple opportunities for students interested in engineering. With more than 50 full time staff and more than 80 part time and student employees, the institute provides many students valuable learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. More than 18 laboratories are housed at the research center covering a diverse field of research including, but not limited to, aerodynamics, aging aircraft, aircraft icing, composites and advanced materials, crash dynamics, structural components, 3-D computer design/animation, and virtual reality. Research at NIAR allows students to learn in a hands-on environment while providing them with valuable industry knowledge and contacts. 

The Wichita State Campus

Wichita State University is as proud of its campus as it is of its academic programs and facilities. The University's beautiful 330-acre campus is a dynamic synthesis of traditional and modern buildings, flower-bordered lawns, and a striking variety of shrubs and trees. The campus also boasts some 56 outdoor sculptures by renowned artists, one of the largest university outdoor sculpture collections nationwide.

Organizations

There are more than 150 student organizations at WSU, including fraternities and sororities, honorary groups, professional organizations, religious associations, and special interest organizations. Engineering students are encouraged to join one of the nearly 20 engineering professional societies and organizations such as Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Association for Computing MachineryInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), or Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), to name a few. The Engineering Council, which represents the engineering student body, is probably the most active student organization in the college, planning such activities as the engineering block party, Engineering Olympics and Engineering Open House. Involvment in these organizations is key to building your resume and networking with other engineering professionals. See a complete listing of engineering organizations.

The City of Wichita

Wichita State offers a Metropolitan Advantage, the City of Wichita. The greater Wichita area has a population of 500,000, large enough to support an abundance of diversions, including the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Music Theatre of Wichita, the Wichita Art Museum, the Exploration Place, the Lake Afton Public Observatory, more than 70 public parks, the Sedgwick County Zoo. In addition, Wichita boasts the Wichita Thunder, a professional hocky team, and the Wichita Wranglers, a Double-A baseball team. Wichita has employment opportunities for cooperative education positions and part- or full-time work are abundant. All this, and much more, contributes significantly to the quality of life WSU students can enjoy while pursuing their educational goals. Wichita State and the City of Wichita offer a unique experience for students' education, employment, and entertainment!