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.

Structural Engineering Objectives:

Program Objectives represent graduates’ performance 3 to 5 years after completing the B.S. program.  Graduates will:

1. Retain a strong grasp of engineering fundamentals and critical thinking skills that enable them to consistently and successfully apply Structural Engineering principles within their chosen career path.

2. Embrace a passion for lifelong learning, empowering them to continue with graduate education and/or embark on successful professional careers in industry leading to professional licensure and leadership positions.

3. Possess a broad set of multi-disciplinary skills, including the inclination and ability to consider sustainability, resilience and socioeconomic community needs to accomplish professional objectives in a rapidly changing technological world.

4. Have a clear understanding of ethical issues pertaining to engineering and adopt industry standards of ethical behavior.

5. Utilize strong communication and collaboration skills essential for professional practice.

Structural Engineering Outcomes:

Program Outcomes are the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors of students at the time of completing the B.S. 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