Mission, Objectives, & Outcomes

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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Apply broad multi-disciplinary skills necessary to accomplish professional objectives in a rapidly changing technological world.
  5. 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)

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies