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Winona State University - 2016

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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics


The College of Science and Engineering is committed to furthering 21st century advances in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by inspiring the next generation of innovators and teachers and by promoting research and scholarship across STEM disciplines. Through a broad range of major, minor, and pre-professional programs, as well as through basic skills, interdisciplinary, and research-rich learning environments, the College endeavors to ensure the success of all students.

College curricula are designed to provide meaningful, challenging educational experiences and to build deep connections between STEM experiences and disciplinary interests, career goals, and societal issues. To achieve these goals, the College strives to integrate curriculum with vital research in a range of settings, which include research conducted in Upper Mississippi River region environments as well as significant experience at nearby healthcare centers, regional manufacturing and composites industries, state-of-the-art laboratory and computing facilities, and area school districts. These learning experiences help students develop purpose and passion for lifelong learning.

In fulfilling its mission, the College provides high quality undergraduate curricula in STEM leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees as well as pre-professional programs promoting student progression into a wide range of clinical, professional, and post-graduate studies at other institutions. Pre-professional sequences are not degree programs (e.g., majors or minors) at WSU. These programs are preparatory for an advanced degree at another college or university. WSU offers pre-professional sequences in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Composite Materials Engineering, Geoscience, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics


The College supports student and faculty research, industrial interaction, and community service. To further these goals, the College has established centers, under faculty supervision, which provide unique student employment opportunities in “real-world” research and problem-solving:
•Composite Materials Technology Center (COMTEC): COMTEC, managed by the Composite Materials Engineering Department, serves as a working laboratory for instruction, engineering research, and an engineering resource center for the region. The Center also provides engineering services to industrial clients who need design and analysis, material characterization, prototype manufacturing, and testing.
•Large River Studies Center (LRSC): LRSC, administered through the Biology Department, provides students with the opportunity to conduct research on large river ecosystems and associated bodies of water. LRSC also is responsible for disseminating information about the upper Mississippi River and other large river ecosystems to local, regional, and scientific communities.
•Math Achievement Center (the MAC): The Math Achievement Center, “the MAC,” is located in the Tau Center on West Campus. The MAC provides a warm, friendly atmosphere to study plus has special resources to help you expand your understanding of mathematics. Knowledgeable tutors are ready to help when you have questions. There is no charge for their services and no appointment is necessary. All students are welcome at the MAC.
•Software Testing Center: The WSU Software Testing Center provides testing, development, and other computer and networking related technical services to local and regional businesses and industry. The services are provided by WSU Computer Science students under the direction of Computer Science faculty and staff. Clients of the lab have included Digi International, Watlow, International Wear Parts, IBM, Centerfield Technologies, Winnebago Software, A&L Precision Manufacturing, Acrotech, United Machine and Foundry, and Reader’s Digest.
•Southeast Minnesota Analytical Service (SEMAS): SEMAS, operated by the Chemistry Department, serves local and regional cities, counties, businesses, and corporations that need analytical testing of water, industrial products, and chemicals. Chemistry majors are employed in the SEMAS as laboratory technicians and assistants.
•Southeastern Minnesota Water Resources Center (WRC): WRC, housed in the Geoscience Department, is dedicated to scientific inquiry into the natural and hydrological resources of the Southeast Minnesota. The WRC strives to educate and inform students, citizens, and public agencies of the region about our natural resources through the development of partnerships and research.
•Statistical Consulting Center (SCC): SCC, operated by faculty and students within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, provides analytical and statistical support to promote research, collaboration, and education. The services provided by SCC are available to faculty, staff, and students of WSU, and to members of other regional organizations.