Boston University - 2016

Institution Information

Contact Information

Institution's Mailing Address

Institution Name: Boston University
Mailing Address: College of Engineering
44 Cummington Mall
City: Boston
State: MA
Postal Code: 02215
Country: United States
Phone 617-353-2800
Fax: 617-358-3468
Website: http://www.bu.edu/eng

Head of Institution

Robert Brown
President
President's Office
Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2200
Fax: 617-353-3278
rabrown@bu.edu

Undergraduate Admission Inquiries

Solomon Eisenberg
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
College of Engineering Office of the Dean
Boston University
College of Engineering
44 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2800
Fax: 617-358-3468
enggrad@bu.edu

Ruth Jean
Director, Undergraduate Programs Office
Undergraduate Programs
Boston University
College of Engineering
44 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-6447
Fax: 617-353-7285
engineering@bu.edu

Graduate Admission Inquiries

Solomon Eisenberg
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
College of Engineering Office of the Dean
Boston University
College of Engineering
44 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2800
Fax: 617-358-3468
enggrad@bu.edu

Domenic Lomanno
Director, Graduate Programs
Graduate Programs Office College of Engineering
Boston University
44 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-9763
Fax: 617-353-0259
enggrad@bu.edu

Institution Information

General Information


Type of institution: PRIVATE
Academic Year: SEMESTERS
Setting of Main Engineering Campus URBAN

Main Campus Information

Is the main campus located in a city with a population greater than 100,000?: Yes
Name of this city, or if no, the name of the nearest city of any size?: Boston
This city's population (approx.): 667,137
Distance from Main Campus: 0

Total Enrollment

Total Undergraduate enrollment: 17,944
Total Graduate enrollment: 12,582
Total Professional and other enrollment: 2,169

Non-Engineering Degree Granting Colleges

Business, Communications, Dentistry, Education, Fine arts, Law, Liberal arts, Medicine, Natural sciences, Allied Health, Social Work, Theology

Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

To be considered for admission to Boston University as an undergraduate, the Board of Admissions must receive a completed Boston University application, official test scores from either the College Scholarship Assessment Test I (SAT I) or ACT plus Writing, an official secondary school transcript, teacher and counselor recommendations, and an essay no longer than 500 words. A Midyear School Report is also required of freshman applicants and, if admitted, proof of secondary school graduation.
If English is not the primary language spoken in the home, or if English is not the student's native language, students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System for non-native English speakers (IELTS).

Recommendations

The level and sequence of coursework in Math and Science is reviewed closely. Advanced mathematics such as calculus, and physics are the areas of particular interest to the Board of Admissions.

Engineering Information

Head of Engineering

Head of Engineering

Kenneth Lutchen
Dean
College of Engineering
Boston University
College of Engineering
44 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2800
Fax: 617-353-3468
klutch@bu.edu

Engineering Information

Engineering Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

Bachelor's:B.S.
Master's:M.S. with thesis, M.S. without thesis, but with project or report, M.Eng.
Doctoral:Ph.D.

Computer Science Degrees Awarded Outside the College/School of Engineering

Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral

Engineering Information

Engineering Departments

Engineering Department(s) Degree Granting Level Department Chair Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Both John White Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1 Both Mark Crovella Computer Science (outside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Both W. Clem Karl Electrical/Computer Engineering
Note: Photonics is part of the Electrical/Computer Department
Materials Science and Engineering Graduate David Bishop Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Both Alice White Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering Graduate Christos Cassandras Other Engineering Disciplines
Undeclared Undergraduate Solomon Eisenberg Other Engineering Disciplines

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Engineering Information

Research Centers

  • INCOLL - Research center WITHIN the college of engineering
  • INDEPT - Research center WITHIN an engineering department
  • INUNIV - Research center WITHIN university system
  • OUTUNIV - Research center OUTSIDE the university
Center/Lab Discipline Research Class Head Chair
Biological Design Center Biomedical Engineering INCOLL Christopher Chen
Biomolecular Engineering Research Center Biomedical Engineering INCOLL Sandor Vajda
Center for Biophotonic Sensors & Systems Electrical Engineering INUNIV Thomas Bifano
Center for Computational Neuroscience & Neural Technology (CompNet) Biomedical Engineering INUNIV Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
Center for Computational Science Electrical/Computer Engineering INUNIV David Coker
Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care Biomedical Engineering INCOLL Catherine Klapperich
Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE) Other Engineering Disciplines INCOLL Ioannis Paschalidis
Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology Other Engineering Disciplines INUNIV Mark Grinstaff
Center for Polymer Studies Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering INUNIV H. Eugene Stanley
Center for Remote Sensing Electrical/Computer Engineering INUNIV Farouk El-Baz
Center for Space Physics Engr. Science and Engr. Physics INUNIV John Clarke
Center for Subsurface Imaging and Sensing Electrical/Computer Engineering INCOLL David Castanon
Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering INCOLL Andre Sharon
Hariri Institute Electrical/Computer Engineering INUNIV Azer Bestavros
Hearing Research Center Biomedical Engineering INCOLL H. Steven Colburn
NSF Smart Lighting Engineering esearch Center Electrical/Computer Engineering INCOLL Tom Little
Photonics Center Electrical/Computer Engineering INUNIV Thomas Bifano
Program in Bioinformatics Biomedical Engineering INUNIV Thomas Tullius

Engineering Information

Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science (outside Engineering) Computer Science (B.A.)1 Computer Science (outside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Engineering (B.S.) Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (B.S.) Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) Mechanical Engineering
Undeclared Other Engineering Disciplines

Master's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Master's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Bioinformatics (M.S.) Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng.) Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science (outside Engineering) Computer Science (M.S.)1 Computer Science (outside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Engineering (M.S.) Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Engineering (M.Eng.) Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (M.S.) Electrical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Enginering (M.Eng.) Electrical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Photonics (M.S.) Electrical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Photonics (M.Eng.) Electrical Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering Materials Science and Engineering (M.Eng.) Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.) Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing Engineering (M.S.) Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Global Manufacturing (M.S.) Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing Engineering (M.Eng.) Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering Systems Engineering (M.Eng.) Other Engineering Disciplines
Systems Engineering Systems Engineering (M.S.) Other Engineering Disciplines

Doctoral Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Doctoral Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Bioinformatics (Ph.D.) Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science (outside Engineering) Computer Science (Ph.D.)1 Computer Science (outside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Engineering (Ph.D.) Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) Electrical Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering Materials Science & Engineering (Ph.D.) Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering Systems Engineering (Ph.D.) Other Engineering Disciplines

1The degree program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Engineering Information

Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Biomedical Engineering
  1. Biomaterials
  2. Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  3. Computational Modeling and Data Sciences
  4. Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering
  5. Nanotechnology and Sensing
  6. Neural Engineering
  7. Synthetic and Systems Bioengineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
  1. Photonics, Electronics, and Nanotechnology
  2. Mobile/Cloud Computing with Security
  3. Imaging and Optical Science
  4. Intelligent Computation, Data Science and Cyberphysical Systems
  5. Electrical and Computer Bio-engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
  1. Biomaterials
  2. Electronic and Photonic Materials
  3. Materials for Energy and Environment
  4. Nanomaterials
Mechanical Engineering
  1. Robotics and Controls
  2. Biomechanics
  3. MEMS and Nanotechnology
  4. Sustainable Energy
  5. Materials
  6. Fluid Dynamics
  7. Acoustics and Vibrations
  8. Computational Sciences and Engineering
Systems Engineering
  1. Automation, Robotics and Control
  2. Communications and Networking
  3. Computational Biology
  4. Information Sciences
  5. Production, Service and Energy Systems

Engineering Information

Societies

Honor Societies

National Groups

  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta
  • Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Sigma Gamma Tau
  • Tau Beta Pi

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • ACM
  • Am. Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Am. Soc. of Mechanical Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Soc. for Automotive Engineering
  • Soc. of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Soc. of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Soc. of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta
  • BU Rocket Team
  • BU Students for Exploration & Development of Space
  • Design and Engineering
  • Energy Club
  • Engineering Student Government
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • FIRST Robotics
  • Global App Initiative
  • Graduate Women in Science and Engineering
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
  • Student Association of Graduate Engineers
  • Technology Entrepreneurship Club
  • Unmanned Ariel Vehicles

Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • American Indian Science and Engineering
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Other Student Support Programs

Each student has an individual faculty advisor. In addition, the College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office is staffed with five counselors and provides a variety of support services to undergraduate students, including a weekly advising seminar required of all freshmen in the first semester and a tutoring program. All entering freshmen attend a two-day summer orientation program. Each academic department coordinates individualized graduate student advising. The College of Engineering Career Development Office assists with permanent job placement and coordinates a co-op/internship program that places undergraduate and graduate students in relevant positions in industry and government. In addition, Boston University provides support service to the entire student population through the Educational Resource Center, the Center for Career Development, the University Service Center, and Student Health Services, among others.

Engineering Information

Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

Design experiences are integrated throughout the undergraduate curriculum, and include a required sophomore Introduction to Engineering Design in the Engineering Product Innovation Center. Capstone senior design projects are required in all undergraduate degree programs. These projects provide opportunities for students to integrate and apply a variety of engineering principles and techniques to the solution of complex engineering problems. They are structured to develop oral and written communication and presentation skills.

Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The College of Engineering includes the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and the Division of Materials Science & Engineering and the Division of Systems Engineering.

The College of Engineering offers ABET accredited BS degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

There are a variety of programs available to undergraduates, including: optional concentrations in Energy Technologies, Nanotechnology, Technology Innovation, Aerospace Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering; minors in biomedical, computer, electrical, materials science and engineering, mechanical, systems engineering; study abroad opportunities include a semester program for juniors as well as a specially designed program for second semester sophomores to seamlessly incorporate an abroad experience while continuing normal progress toward the degree without additional cost; the MMEDIC Program enables students interested in attending medical school to pursue an integrated curriculum and be admitted to the Boston University Medical School at the end of the sophomore year; the B.U. Dual Degree Program enables students to complete a second undergraduate degree at another school or college at Boston University. In addition, all students complete a required sophomore year Introduction to Engineering Design course in the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC). Participation in the optional co-op program enables students to augment their coursework with practical experience in the workplace. The College of Engineering offers opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research through a variety of College and University programs.

The College of Engineering offers Master's of Science (MS) degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Global Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Photonics, and Systems Engineering; Master's of Engineering (MEng) degrees in Biomedical, Computer, Electrical, Manufacturing, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical, Photonics, Systems Engineering. All master’s students have the option of completing interdisciplinary specializations in Data Analytics, Cybersecurity or Robotics. All master's students can also incorporate an internship into their program of study to earn a "with Engineering Practice" degree designation.

The College of Engineering also offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering.

The graduate programs offer numerous research opportunities in each of the College's three departments and two Divisions. Research opportunities also are available in the many research centers affiliated with the College, including the Photonics Center, the Center for Information Systems Engineering, the Center for Nanoscience and Nano-biotechnology, the Biomolecular Engineering Research Center, the Biological Design Center, the Hearing Research Center, the Center for Space Physics, and the Center for Computational Science.

The Intercollegiate Program in Bioinformatics, offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, integrates mathematics, computation, engineering, and the biological sciences. Through coursework, collaborative training projects, industrial co-op, and MS and PhD dissertation research, students learn to apply analytic and computational methods and information technologies to current problems in biology, chemistry, and biomedical engineering.

The Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP) is designed for students with at least a bachelor's degree in the liberal arts, the sciences, or another field who are interested in pursuing an engineering masters degree. LEAP students first complete a non-degree sequence of foundational engineering courses at the undergraduate level. Students who succeed in the first phase of the program continue to one of the regular masters degree programs offered by the College of Engineering.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a complete MS degree via its Office of Distance Learning and a dual MS/MBA program in collaboration with Boston University's Questrom School of Business.

Engineering Information

Engineering Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Biomedical Engineering 17 4 7 28
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1 12 6 4 22
Electrical and Computer Engineering 26 8 5 39
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 12 13 8 33
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0
Undeclared 0 0 0 0
Totals: 55 25 20 100

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Biomedical Engineering 0 2 2 0.00
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1 4 3 7 0.00
Electrical and Computer Engineering 5 1 6 0.00
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Mechanical Engineering 8 4 12 0.00
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Undeclared 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 13 7 20 0.00

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Non-Teaching, Research

Engineering Department(s) Non-Teach. FT Research Personnel Non-Teach. PT Research Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Non-Teach. Research Personnel
Biomedical Engineering 7 1 8 0.00
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1 1 0 1 0.00
Electrical and Computer Engineering 4 0 4 0.00
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Mechanical Engineering 4 1 5 0.00
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Undeclared 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 15 2 17 0.00

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 10 3 0 0 13 4
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 11 1
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 26 0
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 9 3
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 2 1 0 0 0 37 5 0 0 48 7

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 4 2
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 6 2
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 11 2
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 2 0 0 0 14 3 0 0 21 4

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 2
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 2
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 2
Materials Science and Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 7 1
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 10 4 0 0 15 5

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of a strong academic performance in a solid college preparatory curriculum which includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of math (calculus recommended), 3-4 years of laboratory science, 3-4 years of history and/or social science and 2-4 years of a foreign language. A high school diploma is required. SAT or ACT plus Writing scores are required of all applicants. The TOEFL or IELTS examination scores are required for non-native English speaking students. Applications for early decision (for September admission)are due by November 1. Applications for regular admission are due by January 1. There is an $80 non-refundable application fee. More information about the application process and specific requirements are available at the Boston University Admissions website: www.bu.edu/admissions.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Boston University admits students to the College of Engineering without a declared major. However, students are encouraged to indicate their intended major on the application if they know it. All engineering undergraduates are required to declare a major no later than the end of the sophomore year. Students can pursue two degrees simultaneously, or add a minor or concentration of interest to their degree program.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International students are eligible to apply to Boston University as undergraduates if they have completed the equivalent of an American secondary school education and have the appropriate diplomas or satisfactory results on leaving examinations. The Office of International Admissions evaluates all foreign-education credentials. In addition, all international applicants are required to submit results of the College Board's Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I: Reasoning Test) or the ACT plus Writing, and results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required. Required IELTS scores include: Writing: 22, Speaking: 23, Reading: 21, Listening: 18. See our website at www.bu.edu/admission for more detailed information.

Residency Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 48 credits at Boston University in the upper division (junior/senior) of the undergraduate degree program.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Official college transcripts; faculty recommendation; high school credentials (grades, rank in class, etc.); extra-curricular activities; two essays; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores for international students; recommended GPA at least 3.0. See our website at: http://www.bu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/ for more detailed information.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 7
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 55

Undergraduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Undergraduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $50,240
Room & Board: $14,870
Books & Supplies: $1,000
Other Expenses: $1,950
Estimated avg. course load per term: 16
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE (CCS/PROFILE), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Financial Aid Transcript

Additional Financial Aid Information

Boston University offers a number of merit-based scholarship programs including: Trustee Scholars (full tuition); Presidential Scholars ($20K); BU FIRST Scholarships ($20K); Dean's Scholarships. Additional information about merit award opportunities at Boston University is available at www.bu.edu/admissions/apply/tuition-aid-scholarships.html

Undergraduate

New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 6,930
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 2,404
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 411
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 97%

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 760 660
Reading Range: 700 590
Writing Range: 700 610
Combined Range: 2110 1900
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range: 34 29
Composite Range: 33 30

Undergraduate

Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
51 35 0 0 86 0
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) 186 165 161 114 626 2
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 37 48 78 81 244 1
Computer Science (B.A.)1 82 123 150 147 502 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 26 35 37 45 143 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 113 136 155 156 560 0
Totals: 413 419 431 396 1659 3

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Men 13 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 35 0
Women 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 16 0
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 17 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 37 0 3 0 81 0
Women 15 0 6 0 8 0 0 0 17 0 3 0 0 0 48 0 8 0 105 0
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 9 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 30 0
Women 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Computer Science (B.A.)1
Men 18 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 19 0 3 0 0 0 10 0 3 0 64 0
Women 3 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 18 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 23 0
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 26 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 13 0 1 0 0 0 38 0 4 0 93 0
Women 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 20 0
Totals: 103 0 17 0 32 0 1 0 66 0 11 0 0 0 166 0 17 0 413 0

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Men 8 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 21 0
Women 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 14 0
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 16 0 5 0 12 0 0 0 24 0 4 0 0 0 26 0 3 0 90 0
Women 10 0 3 0 9 0 0 0 19 0 4 0 0 0 29 0 1 0 75 0
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 12 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 33 0
Women 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 15 0
Computer Science (B.A.)1
Men 30 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 15 0 1 0 1 0 20 0 3 0 82 0
Women 8 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 14 0 2 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 41 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 9 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 26 0
Women 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 31 0 4 0 10 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 0 0 40 0 3 0 101 0
Women 10 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 14 0 1 0 35 0
Totals: 108 0 23 0 43 0 0 0 78 0 19 0 0 0 139 0 9 0 419 0

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 11 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 21 0 3 0 0 0 39 0 3 0 85 0
Women 10 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 16 0 1 0 0 0 37 0 3 0 76 0
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 12 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 20 0 1 0 0 0 17 0 2 0 59 0
Women 2 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 19 0
Computer Science (B.A.)1
Men 29 0 3 0 12 0 0 0 24 0 3 0 0 0 34 0 0 0 105 0
Women 15 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 1 0 45 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 5 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 2 0 30 0
Women 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 32 0 4 0 17 0 0 0 14 0 2 0 0 0 46 0 3 0 118 0
Women 8 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 37 0
Totals: 83 0 14 0 55 0 0 0 92 0 10 0 0 0 161 0 16 0 431 0

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 6 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 20 0 3 0 0 0 29 0 1 0 66 0
Women 5 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 10 1 1 0 0 0 24 1 1 0 48 2
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 11 0 2 0 8 0 0 0 14 0 3 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 63 0
Women 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 18 1
Computer Science (B.A.)1
Men 29 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 21 0 3 0 0 0 35 0 5 0 101 0
Women 14 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 46 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 11 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 0 2 0 34 0
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 11 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 22 0 6 0 16 0 0 0 11 0 5 0 0 0 51 0 5 0 116 0
Women 8 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 19 0 2 0 40 0
Totals: 69 0 22 0 37 0 0 0 66 2 16 0 0 0 173 1 13 0 396 3

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Undergraduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) 20 6 10 0 32 3 0 58 2 131 74 57
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 10 7 6 0 16 1 0 25 2 67 52 15
Computer Science (B.A.)1 23 7 5 0 22 3 0 32 3 95 67 28
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 6 2 5 0 10 1 0 12 1 37 34 3
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 26 9 19 0 18 3 1 61 9 146 120 26
Totals: 62 24 40 0 76 8 1 156 14 381 280 101

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) 7 13 5 1 8 2 0 0 14 18 2 1 0 0 37 21 1 1 131
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 7 3 7 0 5 1 0 0 12 4 1 0 0 0 19 6 1 1 67
Computer Science (B.A.)1 19 4 5 2 2 3 0 0 14 8 2 1 0 0 22 10 3 0 95
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 6 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 8 2 1 0 0 0 11 1 1 0 37
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 19 7 8 1 17 2 0 0 17 1 3 0 0 1 49 12 7 2 146
Totals: 39 23 22 2 35 5 0 0 51 25 7 1 0 1 116 40 10 4 381

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Undergraduate

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Boston University Dual Degree Program -- students may earn a B.S. in Engineering and a 2nd Bachelor's degree from another School in the University.

Double Majors in Engineering -- Students may earn two engineering B.S. degrees. Students must complete a minimum of 162 credits and fulfill the requirements for each degree program.

To be eligible to apply to a dual-degree program, students must have at least sophomore standing (32 credits) and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

8

Undergraduate

Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
no Both None
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.07 Day Optional 4
Computer Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.01 Day Optional 1
Computer Science (B.A.)1 no Both None
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.06 Day Optional
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 4.04 Day Optional 5

1The degree program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Graduate

Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering welcomes applications from students with diverse and unique backgrounds from across the world. Any well qualified person with a four year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or with the equivalent international education is encouraged to apply for their degree program of interest.
* Applicants applying to any MEng, MS, or Post-Bachelor’s PhD program must have earned or expect to earn a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study.
* Applicants for the Post-Master’s PhD programs must have earned or expect to earn a Master’s degree in a relevant field of study.
* LEAP (Late Entry Accelerated Program) is a program designed for individuals who seek new career opportunities but may lack the required background in engineering.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

All departments adhere to a uniform set of admissions requirements established by the College of Engineering.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

In addition to the stated requirements for admission for all applicants, international students must demonstrate an understanding of English, including the ability to read and write with facility. International students whose native language is not English must submit scores from either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Admission requirements for non-resident students are the same as those for United States citizens and permanent residents.

Residency Requirements

Each PhD student must satisfy the minimum residency requirement of two consecutive regular semesters of full-time graduate study at Boston University.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Credit for appropriate coursework is awarded for courses in which a grade of B or better has been earned. A maximum of 8 semester credits or equivalent can be transferred toward a master's degree. These courses are not counted in computing the student's GPA. All post-master's program credits needed to satisfy the 32-credit minimum for a PhD degree must be taken at Boston University.

Graduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Graduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $49,966
Room & Board: $13,050
Books & Supplies: $1,560
Other Expenses: $4,170
Estimated avg. course load per term: 16
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: No

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Institution's Own Application Form

Additional Financial Aid Information

In most cases, first year PhD students are supported by Department or Dean’s Fellowships. After the first year, students are supported by Research Assistantships or Teaching Fellowships. All fellowships and assistantships include stipend, tuition scholarship, health insurance, and student services fees. There is limited College scholarship available to MS and MEng students. In addition, need-based tuition assistance is available to our MS and MEng students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Graduate

New Applicants

New Graduate Applicants

A. Number of graduate applicants to the engineering college: 4,203
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 1,192
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 450

Graduate

Enrollments by Class

Master's

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Bioinformatics (M.S.)
Men 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 11 6
Women 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 3
Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 1 0 12 3
Women 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 13 2
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 12 1 0 0 20 1
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 8 1
Computer Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 4 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 5
Women 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 6
Computer Engineering (M.S.)
Men 28 28 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 15 4 0 0 47 37
Women 6 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 17 12
Computer Science (M.S.)1
Men 48 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 51 11
Women 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 1
Electrical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 47 15 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 56 22
Women 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 13 5
Electrical Enginering (M.Eng.)
Men 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 15 8
Women 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 1
Global Manufacturing (M.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering (M.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
Materials Science and Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Women 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.)
Men 11 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 13 6
Women 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 5
Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 0 0 9 12
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 2
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 24 11 6 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 23 8 3 0 60 21
Women 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 5 3 1 13 9
Photonics (M.Eng.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Photonics (M.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Engineering (M.Eng.)
Men 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Systems Engineering (M.S.)
Men 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 1
Women 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 1
Totals: 193 91 15 3 13 5 0 0 32 18 1 2 1 1 108 53 8 1 371 174

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Doctoral

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Bioinformatics (Ph.D.)
Men 11 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 34 0
Women 7 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 21 1
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 23 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 34 0 4 0 75 0
Women 23 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 0 0 23 0 2 0 64 0
Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 14 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Women 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Computer Science (Ph.D.)1
Men 27 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 38 1
Women 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 42 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 63 0
Women 18 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 27 0
Materials Science & Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 19 1
Women 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 10 0
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 29 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 1 1 0 55 1
Women 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 16 0
Systems Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 0
Women 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Totals: 225 1 23 0 17 0 0 0 32 0 3 0 0 0 134 2 8 0 442 3

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Graduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Bioinformatics (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 6 0 10 10 0
Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng.) 2 1 1 0 4 0 0 9 0 17 16 1
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 5 3 1 0 6 0 0 9 0 24 10 14
Computer Engineering (M.Eng.) 18 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 23 21 2
Computer Engineering (M.S.) 58 0 1 0 5 0 0 3 0 67 42 25
Computer Science (M.S.)1 10 1 0 0 2 0 0 7 0 20 13 7
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 20 1 2 0 2 0 0 9 0 34 27 7
Electrical Enginering (M.Eng.) 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 6 2
Global Manufacturing (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
Manufacturing Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 0 4
Materials Science and Engineering (M.Eng.) 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 7 1
Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.) 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 15 11 4
Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 9 0 19 16 3
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 15 2 2 0 4 0 0 21 2 46 37 9
Photonics (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Photonics (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
Systems Engineering (M.Eng.) 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 7 2
Systems Engineering (M.S.) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 4 3
Totals: 156 12 7 0 32 5 0 77 4 293 216 77

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Bioinformatics (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 10
Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng.) 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 17
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 2 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 24
Computer Engineering (M.Eng.) 16 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
Computer Engineering (M.S.) 33 25 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 67
Computer Science (M.S.)1 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 20
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 14 6 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 34
Electrical Enginering (M.Eng.) 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 8
Global Manufacturing (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Manufacturing Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4
Materials Science and Engineering (M.Eng.) 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.) 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 15
Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 8 1 0 0 19
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 13 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 17 4 1 1 46
Photonics (M.Eng.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Photonics (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Systems Engineering (M.Eng.) 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9
Systems Engineering (M.S.) 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7
Totals: 108 48 9 3 5 2 0 0 24 8 4 1 0 0 63 14 3 1 293

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Master's Degree Programs

Master's Degree Program Degree Type
Master's w/ Thesis Master's w/o Thesis or with Proj./Report Program Totals
Bioinformatics (M.S.) 0 10 10
Biomedical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 17 17
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 1 23 24
Computer Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 23 23
Computer Engineering (M.S.) 15 52 67
Computer Science (M.S.)1 0 17 17
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 2 32 34
Electrical Enginering (M.Eng.) 0 8 8
Global Manufacturing (M.S.) 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 1 1
Manufacturing Engineering (M.S.) 0 4 4
Materials Science and Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 8 8
Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.) 0 15 15
Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 19 19
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 3 43 46
Photonics (M.Eng.) 0 0 0
Photonics (M.S.) 0 1 1
Systems Engineering (M.Eng.) 0 9 9
Systems Engineering (M.S.) 1 6 7
Totals: 22 271 293

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Bioinformatics (Ph.D.) 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 12 11 1
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) 7 1 2 0 1 0 0 9 0 20 13 7
Computer Engineering (Ph.D.) 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 2 2
Computer Science (Ph.D.)1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8 4 4
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) 8 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 13 11 2
Materials Science & Engineering (Ph.D.) 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 5 2
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 11 11 0
Systems Engineering (Ph.D.) 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 5 2
Totals: 38 7 3 1 4 0 0 21 0 74 58 16

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Bioinformatics (Ph.D.) 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 12
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) 4 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 20
Computer Engineering (Ph.D.) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
Computer Science (Ph.D.)1 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) 7 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13
Materials Science & Engineering (Ph.D.) 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 11
Systems Engineering (Ph.D.) 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Totals: 31 7 3 4 2 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 19 2 0 0 74

1The program is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Graduate

Research Expenditures

Expenditures by Research Department

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Engineering Department External Funding Source
Biomedical Engineering
Total#: 240 Foreign: $636,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $41,998,000 Industry: $1,776,000 Priv/Non: $5,141,000
State: $21,000 Local: Total Expn.: $49,572,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1
Total#: 27 Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $2,816,000 Industry: $33,000 Priv/Non: $96,000
State: Local: Total Expn.: $2,945,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Total#: 132 Foreign: $53,000 Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $8,738,000 Industry: $968,000 Priv/Non: $531,000
State: $0 Local: Total Expn.: $10,290,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Materials Science and Engineering
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Mechanical Engineering
Total#: 116 Foreign: $35,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $6,686,000 Industry: $912,000 Priv/Non: $439,000
State: $26,000 Local: Total Expn.: $8,098,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Systems Engineering
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Totals:
Total#: 488 Foreign: $724,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $57,422,000 Industry: $3,656,000 Priv/Non: $6,111,000
State: $47,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $67,960,000

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.

Expenditures by Research Center

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Center/Lab External Funding Source
Biological Design Center
Total#: 9 Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $1,340,000 Industry: Priv/Non: $2,000
State: $0 Local: Total Expn.: $1,342,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Biomolecular Engineering Research Center
Total#: 8 Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $798,000 Industry: Priv/Non: $0
State: Local: Total Expn.: $798,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Biophotonic Sensors & Systems
Total#: Foreign: $0 Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Computational Neuroscience & Neural Technology (CompNet)
Total#: 17 Foreign: $0 Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $2,529,000 Industry: $133,000 Priv/Non: $53,000
State: $0 Local: Total Expn.: $2,715,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Computational Science
Total#: 3 Foreign: $0 Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $32,000 Industry: Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: Total Expn.: $32,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: $0 Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE)
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Polymer Studies
Total#: 15 Foreign: Indiv: $76,000
Fed/Nat: $883,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $26,000
State: Local: Total Expn.: $985,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Remote Sensing
Total#: 12 Foreign: $342,000 Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $436,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non:
State: $0 Local: Total Expn.: $778,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Space Physics
Total#: 64 Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $3,821,000 Industry: $2,000 Priv/Non:
State: $0 Local: Total Expn.: $3,823,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Subsurface Imaging and Sensing
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation
Total#: 13 Foreign: $1,317,000 Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $1,337,000 Industry: $1,193,000 Priv/Non: $0
State: Local: Total Expn.: $3,847,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Hariri Institute
Total#: 11 Foreign: $0 Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $1,153,000 Industry: $6,000 Priv/Non: $0
State: $1,413,000 Local: Total Expn.: $2,572,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Hearing Research Center
Total#: 10 Foreign: $1,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,279,000 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $3,000
State: $0 Local: Total Expn.: $1,283,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
NSF Smart Lighting Engineering esearch Center
Total#: Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: Industry: $0 Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Photonics Center
Total#: 14 Foreign: $0 Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $3,921,000 Industry: $193,000 Priv/Non: $0
State: $101,000 Local: Total Expn.: $4,215,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Program in Bioinformatics
Total#: 19 Foreign: Indiv:
Fed/Nat: $2,324,000 Industry: Priv/Non:
State: Local: Total Expn.: $2,324,000
Totals:
Total#: 195 Foreign: $1,660,000 Indiv: $76,000
Fed/Nat: $19,853,000 Industry: $1,527,000 Priv/Non: $84,000
State: $1,514,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $24,714,000


Grand Totals:
Total#: 683 Foreign: $2,384,000 Indiv: $76,000
Fed/Nat: $77,275,000 Industry: $5,183,000 Priv/Non: $6,195,000
State: $1,561,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $92,674,000

The following text was offered to each school as a guideline for the calculation of externally-funded research expenditures:

Include all expenditures associated with grants and contracts specifically budgeted for externally sponsored research and associated programs and expenditures associated with all gifts auditably used for research. Include expended funds provided by the following external sources:

  1. Federal Government
  2. State Government
  3. Foreign Governments
  4. Industry
  5. Non-Profit Organizations (e.g. foundations)
  6. Individuals
  7. Local Government

The expenditures reported should be only those funds provided by organizations, agencies, and individuals external to the institution. Cost sharing/matching funds should be included only if provided from sources external to the institution.

Only State government funds that were obtained competitively or as matching funds associated with other externally funded programs should be included. State funds that are part of the normal operating budget should not be included regardless of purpose.

For all joint or contracted projects or sub-projects, only the portion of the center research performed by faculty, staff, and students of the affiliated engineering school should be credited to that school. Expenditures for capital costs of research laboratory building construction should not be included.

Expenditures for research laboratory renovations should not be included unless the renovation funds expended came from grants and contracts expressly intended for the direct support of engineering research.

Any portion of academic year and/or summer salary for any researcher that is not derived from external research grants or contracts should not be counted.

Total #: Report total number of individual grants, not the total dollar amount of the expenditures.

Expenditures: Report actual expenditures (as opposed to authorization amounts) in U.S. dollars.

Time frame for expenditures: Report expenditures for your current fiscal year.

Research centers listed as "WITHIN an engineering department" on the Research Centers page (screen 7) of the College of Engineering Profile, will not have their expenditures added to the school's total research expenditures. Such expenditures can be included in the department total, while still being listed for the appropriate center. This allows users to list the expenditures in two areas without double-counting.

Graduate

Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Established in 1966, Boston University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is ranked among the nation’s best and offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, and participates in the MD/PhD program with the BU School of Medicine. The department presents a unique, quantitative and multi-scale approach to biomedical engineering, from molecular and cellular levels through tissue, neural, and whole-organ systems. Research by faculty and students takes place in departmental and selected adjunct laboratories and in affiliated centers. The department is a world leader in the research areas of Neuroscience, Computational Bioengineering, Biomolecular Engineering, Synthetic Biology & Systems Biology, Cell & Tissue Engineering, and Multi-scale Biomechanics. Emerging areas that complement these are Micro & Nano Biosystems, Biomedical Optics and Photonics, Bioimaging, and (Bio)Information Management.
From understanding the human genome to pioneering surgical tools, Boston University biomedical engineers are committed to advancing research and education in biotechnology; biomolecular engineering; vision, speech, and hearing; cardiopulmonary engineering; neuroscience; micro-and nano-systems; synthetic biology; systems biology; and biomechanics and biomaterials.
Graduate students work with some of the world’s leading biomedical researchers in the College of Engineering and School of Medicine, and at Boston’s other leading research hospitals. The department builds complementary efforts in translational biomedical engineering aimed at rapidly bringing innovations to patient care.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical & Computer Engineering department hosts a diverse and vibrant research portfolio in areas such as photonics, nanotechnology, energy, electromagnetics, electro-physics, space science and technology, multimedia processing, information and decision systems, communications and networking, computer networking, distributed systems, computer-aided design, and more. These endeavors are represented by three main research areas: electro-physics, information systems and sciences, and computer engineering. While each area hosts a distinct, faculty-centered group, interaction and interdisciplinary work are fostered and nurtured in numerous settings. Faculty research programs span traditional areas of electrical and computer engineering, such as signal and image processing, solid-state materials, computer networking, and wireless communication, but also encompass cutting-edge areas such as quantum-optical devices, high performance computing, photonics, and micro-electromechanical systems. Interdisciplinary research and education programs at the graduate level are major components of life at Boston University. Many ECE graduate students collaborate with colleagues in biotechnology, space physics, cognitive science, nanotechnology, and manufacturing engineering. Graduate students have the opportunity to conduct research in ECE-based laboratories, through University wide centers, and via cross-disciplinary collaborations with other Boston University colleges and departments. Research in ECE has a strong funding base from governmental agencies, foundations, and corporate sponsors.
Examples of current research efforts include approximate signal processing for real-time and low-power applications, distributed signal processing, multi-resolution image processing sub-surface imaging, estimation of fundamentally geometrical quantities from images, and wavelet-based compression of image and video data. Applications in the signals area include spread-spectrum communications, portable communication devices, radar imaging, biomedical imaging, tomography, image understanding; image and video compression, non-destructive testing, image transmission, and remote sensing of atmospheric properties. Faculty research in Computer Engineering spans for principal areas: networks; reliable computing; high performance computing; and software engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering is a unique interdisciplinary graduate program that prepares students for research careers and leadership roles in four primary areas:
• Biomaterials, including drug delivery, tissue engineering, design of biomolecules/biopolymers, biosensors, mechanics of biomaterials, and laser spectroscopy
• Electronic and Photonic Materials, including III-V nitrides, solid state lighting, carbon nanotubes, si-nanophotonics, fiber optic sensors, quantum dots, and computational modeling
• Materials for Energy and The Environment, including clean energy conversion, hydrogen generation and storage, fuel cells, green manufacturing, and biofuels
• Nanomaterials, including coatings, composite materials, photo-acoustic microscropy, nanoscale materials, and multi-scale modeling.

The Division of Materials Science and Engineering engages more than 60 faculty members across colleges; primarily in the College of Engineering (mechanical, biomedical, and electrical and computer engineering), the College of Arts and Sciences (physics and chemistry), and the Goldman School of Dental Medicine (restorative sciences/biomaterials.) Their cutting edge research is driving innovation to solve critical societal problems, and is strongly funded by federal agencies and industrial organizations. A variety of state-of-the-art research laboratories facilitate the research collaborations and activities of Division faculty, students, and visiting scholars.

Some examples of ongoing research projects include
• multiphase microscale emulsions using microfluidic flow focusing, having a wide span of applications in medicine including drug delivery and in various imaging modalities;
• nitride semiconductors with emphasis in the development of green LEDs for solid state lighting applications, and devices based on intersubband transitions in Nitride Quantum wells (QWs) and Quantum Dots (QDs) for optical switching and terahertz emitters and detectors;
• fuel cell materials and systems to realize practical SOFC devices and systems, new electrode, electrolyte, interconnection and sealing materials and processing routes;
• small-scale materials and mechanics for next-generation micro/nanosystems, including mechanical behavior of amorphous thin film materials for MEMS/NEMS applications, elastic and viscoelastic characterization of small-scale soft polymer materials for biomedical applications, development of high-strain rate conductive polymers for MEMS/NEMS applications, MEMS enhanced metamaterials toward filling the terahertz gaps, and micro- and nano- mechanics of thin film and thin film coatings.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Department at Boston University emphasizes world-class interdisciplinary research, student-faculty interaction, and a department-wide sense of community and global responsibility. Mechanical engineers focus on the design, planning, and development of all types of machines and other mechanical devices ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles to gas turbines to miniature nanoelectromechanical systems known as NEMS. Research initiatives conducted jointly by students and the faculty help advance the science and technology of mechanical engineering through topics such as acoustics and vibrations; biomechanics; computational science and engineering; dynamics, robotics, systems and controls; thermofluid sciences, energy and sustainability; materials; and MEMS & nanotechnology. Additional information about current research efforts can be viewed at http://www.bu.edu/me/research/research-areas-2/

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Biomolecular Engineering Research Center

The Biomolecular Engineering Research Center (BMERC) has two principal research objectives. The first is the development of statistical and computational approaches to detect syntactic and semantic patterns in DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. The second is the use of statistical and computational approaches to identify structure, function, and regulation in these molecules. This identification has led to the formulation and testing of major hypotheses in the areas of molecular evolution, gene regulation, developmental genetics, and protein structure-function relationships. In meeting these objectives, BMERC is continually developing new computer-assisted analytical approaches that address basic problems in molecular biology.

The center's support program provides DNA, RNA, and protein sequence databases and analysis tools on-line to the research community via its anonymous Web servers. BMERC also distributes non-commercial software and support information for all developers, free of charge, to the scientific community as part of a larger dissemination program. In addition, the center has provided support for numerous interdisciplinary meetings focusing on the computational challenges arising in molecular biology.

The center's training program prepares molecular biologists in statistics and computer methods and educates engineers, biomathematicians, and computer scientists in the contemporary computational problems of molecular biology. Research opportunities combining these disciplines are offered yearly to several postdoctoral fellows and periodically to visiting scientists. The center provides direct graduate training and on-line computer support to local laboratories.

Center for Computational Neuroscience & Neural Technology (CompNet)

The Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet) is an interdisciplinary research center at Boston University that fosters collaborative research and education on mechanisms of neural computation and their applications. By providing administrative support, programs to stimulate scientific interaction, shared research and meeting space, and other infrastructure, CompNet brings together scientists from multiple fields in science and engineering and from all stages of training.
Through its varied activities, CompNet builds the interdisciplinary community needed to address the complexities of contemporary problems in neuroscience using advanced computational and technological solutions, and to apply solutions learned from and inspired by brain mechanisms to technological applications. By fostering collaboration of investigators from disparate departments, CompNet supports quantitative research that overcomes artificial barriers that impede creativity and scientific progress. By engaging graduate students early in their careers with interdisciplinary research and training, CompNet cultivates a new generation of scientists with the tools and knowledge necessary to address emerging problems in computational neuroscience and neural technology.

Center for Computational Science

The Center for Computational Science (CCS) functions as an cross-college, interdisciplinary focal point for computational science research and education at Boston University. In collaboration with the Office of Information Technology's Scientific Computing and Visualization group (SCV), CCS has made leading-edge computational resources available to researchers and students in all departments. The recent installation of the SGI/CRAY Origin 2000 represents the fourth-generation parallel supercomputing technology at the university. Facilities also include an SGI Power Challenge Array, advanced graphics workstations, virtual reality stations, and very high-speed networking.

The University's support of computational research has been extended to institutions throughout New England by means of the National Science Foundation-funded MARINER project, a collaboration between CCS and SCV. Mariner offers education and training programs, access to state-of-the-art computing facilities and opportunities for pilot projects, Internet connectivity, and industrial partnerships. Under the auspices of Mariner, CCS takes its place as a leader in developing computational applications in collaboration with regional schools and companies. Building on mariner, the University is extending its programs on a national scale as a partner in the National Computational Science Alliance, one of two national Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure supported by the NSF.

Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care

Moving cancer treatments out of specialized centers and into local clinics or home care could significantly lower healthcare costs. Often patients have to travel large distances to receive treatments at cancer centers. In low resource settings in the developing world, there may not be any options for cancer treatment. Surgical treatments carry infection risks and in many places there are not enough surgeons to treat all of the patients in need. Technologies such as targeted ultrasound and light-based treatments could allow providers with less specialized training to treat more patients for less money. Tools for monitoring chemotherapy patients at home between treatments could eliminate travel and office visits. Mobile health strategies for collecting data about high-risk populations could lead to new interventions to directly impact cancer screening rates.

To address these issues, the Center focuses on the identification, prototyping and early clinical assessment of innovative point-of-care technologies for the treatment, screening, diagnosis and monitoring of cancers. A major aspect of this effort involves assessing early stage technologies in terms of clinical needs, market demands, setting appropriateness and commercialization strategies. The integrated multidisciplinary team, consisting of engineers, clinicians, public health practitioners, and technology transfer experts, is currently evaluating technologies in various stages of development for suitability across a range of primary care and non-traditional healthcare settings. The Center comprises an Administrative Core, a Clinical Needs Assessment and Impact Analysis Core, a Training Core and a Prototype Development and Testing Core divided into two parts, the Alpha and Beta Cores, which will both be available to Center projects, depending on the stage of technology development.

Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE)

Information and Systems Engineering research at Boston University is strong and accomplished. Spread across departments and Colleges within the University, the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) creates a virtual home to foster greater interactions among these researchers. CISE affiliated faculty focus on methods and applications relevant to the design, analysis, and control of complex systems. Application areas range from communication and sensor networks, robotics, medical imaging, and video surveillance, to modern energy systems and bioinformatics. As these domains become increasingly complex, there is a critical need to understand, predict, and design for safety, efficiency, robustness, and the public good. With a proven track record of funding and industry collaboration, CISE faculty bring their research experience to addressingthese challenges.

Currently, there are 32 CISE faculty representingdepartments of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Finance and Economics, Information Systems, Mathematics and Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Management, Systems Engineering across the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and the School of Management. For more information about CISE and faculty interests, please visit www.bu.edu/CISE or email CISE@bu.edu.

Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology

CNN has three core functions: First, to develop interdisciplinary research and education in nanoscience and nanobiotechnology; second, to develop and run an industrial liaison program that partners researchers with external companies for mutual benefit; and third, to connect researchers to resources for technological commercialization.

Center for Space Physics

The Center carries out a wide variety of research in just some of the following fields of space physics including: space plasma physics; magnetospheric physics; ionospheric physics; atmospheric physics; and planetary and cometary atmospheric studies.

Students in astronomy, applied physics, and engineering concentrations conduct their research through the Center, making it an active participant in graduate studies. Furthermore, the Center serves as the coordinating mechanism for grant management and proposal development.

Center for Subsurface Imaging and Sensing

The Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS) seeks to revolutionize our ability to detect and image biomedical and environmental-civil objects or conditions that are underground, underwater, or embedded within cells or inside the human body. Our unified, multidisciplinary approach combines expertise in wave physics, sensor engineering, image processing, and inverse scattering with rigorous performance testing to create new sensing system prototypes that are transitioned to our industry partners for further development. An important outcome of this process is the education of students well-trained in these crucial fields for the future of public health and the preservation of the planet�s physical resources.

Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation, an affiliate of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering, provides manufacturing solutions to US and international industries in the areas of machine design and automation, manufacturing systems design, and machining technologies

Fraunhofer works with its clients to develop new technologies, improve current manufacturing operations and benchmark against the world's best practices Fraunhofer has been bridging the gap between academic research and industrial needs for more than 50 years. It is Europe's largest R&D organization, spanning fifty-five locations across Europe, Asia and North America and boasting an annual client base of more than two thousand corporations.

Fraunhofer-USA works with industry and the University to scale up cutting edge research into real working technologies on an industrial timetable. The Center also serves as a great recruiting ground for talented young engineering students rigorously trained in the application of innovative engineering methods to real industrial problems.

Hearing Research Center

The Hearing Research Center (HRC) includes faculty members from six departments across the Boston University campus. The HRC was formed to promote the development and dissemination of knowledge that will improve the nation's auditory health and allow the fullest utilization of the sense of hearing. The specific goals of the HRC include the support of high quality research in hearing science, the development of educational activities, particularly in graduate education, and the fostering of collaborative research and teaching activities among faculty and staff.

Research in the Hearing Research Center combines theoretical and experimental studies of auditory processing aimed at understanding hearing in both normal and impaired auditory systems. Empirical research includes anatomical studies of the cochlea and brainstem, measurements of the mechanical properties of cochlear structures, single-unit and multi-unit recordings up to the level of the primary auditory cortex, measurements of auditory electrical and magnetic field potentials as well as otoacoustic emissions, and measurements of hearing abilities of human listeners with and without hearing impairments. Theoretical studies, which are closely coupled to the empirical studies, include mathematical modeling of cochlear mechanics, single neurons, networks of neurons, and human performance.

Photonics Center

The Photonics Center at Boston University represents an innovative approach to bridging the gap between basic research and practical application. Key to the center's program is the prototyping of actual products and close, hands-on partnerships between industry, government, and the university. These partnerships link faculty and students to the real world process of turning laboratory concepts into products that thrive in the marketplace. The center brings together on-campus design and manufacturing expertise and business know-how with faculty, students, and research scientists in an environment where concepts transform into prototypes. At the Photonics Center, prototypes turn into commercial ventures launched through university/industry partnerships and new company start-ups. The Photonics Center features state-of-the-art laboratories, a business incubator, and educational facilities that support development initiatives originating from the center, affiliated businesses, or industrial partners. The Photonics facility can support work in photonics research and development, engineering, physics, chemistry, medicine, and biology. It features approximately 235,000 square feet of laboratory, classroom, and incubator space, lecture and seminar rooms, and a photonics library. The experimental, design, and development resources include a full suite of clean-room and vibration-free facilities supported by telecommunications, teleconferencing, and interactive data transmission and retrieval resources. The incubator space in the Photonics Center is available to research teams from within the academic community as well as to researchers and engineers in the greater Boston area. The building offers local businesses
the opportunity to explore ideas before investing in costly equipment. Photonics Center facilities provide a complete suite of fully supplied meeting rooms and office spaces,
secure laboratories, and dedicated telecommunications and computing networks. Resources are available to industry partners, government, faculty, and students through the Photonics Center to support the development and testing of ideas and products. These
resources include the following research and development laboratories: Molecular Beam Epitaxy Laboratory, Picosecond Spectroscopy Laboratory, Near-Field Microscopy/ Spectroscopy Laboratory, Opto-Electronic Component Fabrication Facility, Magnetic and Optical Devices Laboratory, Fiber-Optic Remote Environment Sensors
Laboratory, Liquid Crystal Display Laboratory, Precision Engineering Research Laboratory, Bio-Photonic Materials Laboratory, Photonic Systems Engineering Laboratory, and Quantum Imaging Laboratory.

Graduate

Subject Areas of Research

Subject Areas

  • Acoustics
  • Adaptive Optics
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Artificial Hearing Implants
  • Atmospheric and Space Research
  • Auditory Neurophysiology
  • Automated Design and Manufacturing
  • Bio-MEMS
  • Bio-Nano Systems
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Acoustics
  • Biomedical Computation
  • Biomedical Dynamics
  • Biomedical Ultrasound
  • Biomimetic Systems
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Blue-UV Lasers
  • Brain and Vision Research
  • Bubble and Drop Dynamics
  • Cell and Tissue Mechanics
  • Cellular Mechanics
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition
  • Circulatory Biophysics
  • Complex Flows
  • Compound Semiconductors
  • Computational Biology
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational and Applied Dynamics
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Computer Communication
  • Computer Integrated Design, Analysis and Manufacture
  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Numerical Control
  • Control Engineering
  • Cryptography
  • DNA Research
  • Design and Testing of Computer and Communication Systems
  • Digital Communications
  • Digital Hardware Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Discrete Event Systems
  • Distributed Semiconductor Processing
  • Drug Targeting
  • Dynamic System Theory
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Electronic Materials
  • Electronics
  • Electrophysiology
  • Electrostatics
  • Embedded Systems
  • Error-Correcting Codes
  • Fault Tolerant Computing
  • Fiber Optics
  • Fibrous and Composite Materials
  • Fields and Tissues
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fluids and Instrumentation
  • Fuel Cells and Batteries
  • Gallium Nitride
  • Green Manufacturing
  • Hearing Research
  • Heat Transfer
  • High Performance Computing
  • High Temperature Materials
  • Human Genome Engineering
  • Image and Video Processing
  • Information Systems Engineering
  • Information Theory
  • Integrated Circuit Fabrication
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Knowledge-Based Signal Processing
  • Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  • Liquid Crystal Displays
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • MEMS for Harsh Environments
  • Magnetic and Optical Devices
  • Manufacturing Innovation
  • Manufacturing Scheduling and Control
  • Manufacturing Systems Software
  • Materials Processing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • Metal Cutting
  • Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Microelectronics Research
  • Micromagnetic Computation
  • Microprocessors
  • Modal Analysis
  • Molecular Beam Epitaxy
  • Molecular Engineering
  • Motion Analysis
  • Motor Control
  • Mulitmedia Computing and Communications
  • Multi-Dimensional Signal Processing
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Nano-Biomechanics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Near-Field Microscopy
  • Networking
  • Neuromuscular Research
  • Neuronal Dynamics
  • Nonlinear Control
  • Nonlinear Modeling
  • Nonlinear Networks
  • Operations Research
  • Optical Communications
  • Optical Modulators
  • Optimization
  • Photonics
  • Physical Acoustics
  • Physiological Transport
  • Powder Processing and Metallurgy
  • Precision Engineering
  • Process Control
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Pulmonary Mechanics
  • Quantum Optics
  • Radio Communications and Plasma Research
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Reliable Computing
  • Resonant Cavity Devices
  • Respiration Mechanics
  • Respiratory Simulation
  • Robotics
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Systems
  • Sensors, Actuators, and Micromechanics
  • Sensory Signal Processing
  • Signal Recognition
  • Software Engineering
  • Space Science
  • Stereoscopic and 3-D Imaging
  • Stochastic Control
  • Structural Acoustics
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Subsurface Imaging
  • Systems Research
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Transistors for High Temperature and Power Electronics
  • Turbulence
  • Ultrasonics
  • Ultraviolet Solar Blind Detectors
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • VLSI CAD
  • Vapor Phase Epitaxy
  • Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs)
  • Vibrations
  • Viscoelastic Flow
  • Wide Band Gap Semiconductors
  • Wireless Communications
  • Wireless Networks

Graduate

Dual Degrees

Graduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Questrom School of Management offer a coordinated Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering/Master of Business Administration program which prepares recent graduates or practicing professionals who are committed to careers in industry for positions as manufacturing managers.

Graduate

Student Appointments

Appointments by Department

Appointments - Number of Appointments
Stipend - Average Monthly Stipend

Department Fellowships TA RA Other Total Appts.
Biomedical Engineering
Appointments: 45 20 132 1 198
Stipends: $32,250 $32,250 $35,475 $0
Computer Science (outside Engineering)1
Appointments: 2 30 62 1 95
Stipends: $32,250 $32,250 $35,475 $0
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Appointments: 43 2 66 4 115
Stipends: $32,250 $32,250 $35,475 $0
Materials Science and Engineering
Appointments: 4 6 20 1 31
Stipends: $32,250 $32,250 $35,475 $0
Mechanical Engineering
Appointments: 25 0 46 1 72
Stipends: $32,250 $0 $35,475 $0
Systems Engineering
Appointments: 8 0 26 0 34
Stipends: $32,250 $0 $35,475 $0
All Total Appointments 125 28 290 7 450

1The department is outside the engineering school/college and is not included in the totals.