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University of Massachusetts Amherst - 2016

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst ( is a great place to be. The college is ranked as the best public engineering school in New England. Recent rankings from U.S. News & World Report list three of our graduate programs in the top 30. There are several other compelling reasons to choose the UMass College of Engineering. It features open-door access to first-class faculty, a third of whom have received the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young academics. The College of Engineering has high-achieving students, who have the highest average GPAs and SAT scores on campus, and over 30 percent participate in the Commonwealth Honors College. The college also provides an opportunity to attend a nationally competitive research and teaching institution at affordable prices (see below). The average scholarship award is $1,250, and more than 59 percent of College of Engineering undergraduate students qualify for need-based aid.
The College of Engineering resides in a physical plant of eight buildings, including our nine-year-old ELab II with modern laboratory spaces, research facilities, computer labs, and graduate offices. The college's network of living alumni numbers more than 16,000 around the globe. Enrollment in the College of Engineering has increased by more than 50 percent in the last few years.
There are four departments in the College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
The Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department ( offers a highly-rated undergraduate program accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.) and a vibrant graduate research program that balances chemical engineering fundamentals and industrial technology. From its foundation in the 1950s, the department has educated distinguished scholars and technical leaders. Today, the ChE faculty continues to be recognized for its technological innovation and contributions to engineering science fundamentals in the fields of fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, scientific computing, bioengineering, materials science, nanotechnology, and sustainable energy. The department is committed to academic excellence in an environment that appreciates individual efforts and fosters interdisciplinary collaborations.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department ( offers four major areas of concentration: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering. Civil engineering is the discipline that consists of the design, construction, and maintenance of constructed and natural infrastructure. Civil engineers apply their knowledge of mathematics and physical sciences to develop ways to efficiently utilize natural resources and the forces of nature to improve the well-being of humanity and to protect the environment. First and foremost, civil engineering is a people-serving profession. Civil engineers are responsible for all civil infrastructure systems including water supply and treatment facilities, landfills, highways, bridges, rail lines, dams, and telecommunication services. The work of civil engineers results in improved public health and quality of life, while still recognizing the importance of natural systems. Civil engineers have a direct and immediate impact on our society and our ability to create a sustainable civilization. The CEE department offers an undergraduate degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) and awards Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department ( is top-notch. The microwave engineering program is one of the best in the nation, and we host the prestigious NSF Engineering Research Center (CASA) building the next generation of weather radars. Our research areas are contemporary and comprehensive, and we are expanding into new areas such as biomedical electronics, cyber-physical systems, high-dimensional signal processing and nanoscale -computing. Our faculty members are acknowledged experts, boasting 12 IEEE Fellows, 5 NSF CAREER and 2 DARPA Young Faculty Awardees. For prospective undergraduate students, our curriculum is rigorous and up-to-date, and offers a 5 year B.S./M.S. option. You will be in the classroom with professors who conduct research at the forefront of their fields and who pride themselves in being excellent teachers and caring about students’ progress. Two of our faculty members have received the highest teaching award that the UMass Amherst campus offers â€" and have been dubbed accordingly as University Distinguished Teachers.
The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department ( is organized according to department-wide academic and administrative functions, including a focus on the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Program, the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Graduate Program, and the various research centers, including Energy, Thermofluids, Mechanical Design, Manufacturing, Controls, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Facilities and Network Planning, Systems and Materials. Mechanical Engineering involves the design, analysis, and manufacture of a wide variety of mechanical components and systems. While there are a number of disciplines within mechanical engineering, some of the major areas are energy conversion, materials engineering, design engineering, and manufacturing engineering. According to The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Industrial Engineering is "...concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, equipment and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical and the social science together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems." While other branches of engineering emphasize design aspects of physical systems, industrial engineering places equal weight on people, economics, and systems aspects of technology often neglected by other fields.
Of the tenure/tenure track faculty, there are three endowed professorships in the areas of electrical and computer engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation, and professional development. With four of our faculty members receiving NSF CAREER awards in recent months. Just to put the quality of our researchers in perspective, approximately half of our current faculty have received CAREER Awards and/or were chosen as Fellows of their professional organizations.
The college also hosts 15 professional and honor societies, along with an active chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and one of the oldest Multicultural Engineering Programs in the country.
An Engineering Career Planning & Student Development Center ( prepares students for professional opportunities and provides a place where engineering students, faculty, and employers can meet and develop mutually beneficial relationships. Over the last five years, approximately 81 percent of our graduates have been placed in professional positions or graduate school, and the average starting salary for en entry level engineering job is about $60,000.
The Diversity Programs Office (DPO) ( at the College of Engineering provides academic and non-academic support to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation among under-represented minorities and women. The DPO has a tutoring program that also provides academic support. The goal is to assist students in achieving their academic goals by offering services and programs that include seminars, academic assistance, and access to undergraduate research and scholarship opportunities. The DPO is a warm and friendly place where students can get resources and/or discuss personal and academic concerns.
The advisors in the Office of Student Affairs are here to provide you with assistance with your transition into the College of Engineering and ultimately to provide the support you need to succeed in engineering. Our staff will work with you to help you find the college-wide and university wide resources to make your life easier; help you identify where to get answers to questions; advise on typical freshman courses; and provide the necessary requirements and processes for an on-campus transfer. Each department also has an exceptional academic advising staff to ensure you take the correct undergraduate courses in Chemical, Civil, Computer Systems, Electrical, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering. We look forward to getting to know and working with you to make your career at the College of Engineering a very rewarding one.
The College offers a Residential Academic Program to first-year students; the students are housed in the same dormitory and take the same classes, providing them the opportunity to support each other. The Commonwealth Honors College offers students the chance to do independent research and work more closely with faculty.
Chemical Engineering,Science and Engineering have been recognized by their and Engineering have been recognized by their peers in the National Research Council survey of research-graduate programs.