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Trinity College - 2016

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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Trinity College has been committed to engineering instruction for over one hundred years, offering civil and mechanical engineering courses as early as 1856. Today, Trinity
College is one of just a few highly-selective liberal arts colleges that offers an engineering degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The mission of the Trinity College Engineering Department is to educate and inspire engineering students within the liberal arts environment
so that they will possess the knowledge and vision to make significant contributions to the engineering profession and to society at large.

Trinity engineers have been successfully employed by a wide range of high-tech corporations and research laboratories, including United Technologies, Pratt and Whitney, Hamilton-Sundstrand, Sikorsky, Carrier, Hewlitt-Packard, Naval Research Laboratories, IBM Watson Research Center, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Cisco, Massachusetts General Hospital, Chemical Bank, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, among many others. Trinity students have also studied at some of the top engineering graduate programs, including M.I.T., Stanford, Berkeley, Duke, Yale, Brown, Harvard, UPenn, Cornell, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

We believe our primary constituencies to be our students (including alumni), engineering graduate programs and professional schools, the engineering industry and the Trinity College liberal arts community. As required by ABET criteria, these constituencies are involved in the continuous assessment and improvement of our engineering program. Our department is distinguished by a very low student/faculty ratio (about 9/1), by the strong research contributions of our faculty, and by offering introductory level courses in engineering topics such as aerodynamics and robotics for non-majors.
These introductory courses are important for the liberal arts for the obvious reason of increasingly widespread technology. Engineering marvels such as jet airplanes are no less human creations deserving study by liberally educated students than are classical works of art
or literature.