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Montana State University - 2016

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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Montana State University-Bozeman (MSU) is the public land-grant university in Montana offering a broad array of traditional engineering disciplines and computer science. MSU College of Engineering offers a "small school" atmosphere combined with "large-school" opportunities, all in a vibrant small city located in one of the country's most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

The College of Engineering partners with the Center for Biofilm Engineering, the Western Transportation Institute and the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center in support of its mission and goals. These research and extension centers are housed within the College and provide unique opportunities for faculty and students, as well as partnerships with government agencies and industry.

The Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center, and is considered to be the world's leading center of research in the control of bacterial biofilms in natural and industrial ecosystems, and in chronic human infections.

As the MSU focal point for transportation research, the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) focuses on "making rural transportation safer, more efficient and more convenient across all modes of transportation through research, education, and technology transfer."

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is an outreach/technical center that utilizes consulting engineers in satellite offices throughout Montana to provide management and engineering services to manufacturers statewide. A primary focus is training Montana manufacturers in the latest manufacturing and engineering techniques.

The undergraduate engineering programs (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology has accredited the Computer Science program.

Students enrolled in College of Engineering programs may opt to study other specialty topics and participate in faculty research. The University and College strive to be a national leader in research, focusing on undergraduate education. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes MSU as one of 96 research universities with "very high research activity." Approximately eight percent of undergraduates currently participate in funded research activities each year. Today's employers are increasingly looking for engineering graduates who demonstrate strong potential to perform well on multidisciplinary teams. At Montana State we developed a junior-level course to help engineering students acquire that ability while furthering their design skills. This course is a graduation requirement for most juniors in engineering and computer science. The course covers important design topics such as design process, creative design, project management, teamwork, and technical leadership while highlighting the skills needed to work in a multidisciplinary environment. Students complete a design project as a major component of the course. During the senior year, COE students culminate their educational experience by participating in capstone design projects, some of which are multidisciplinary. The College maintains pride in our graduates who consistently pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam (which all engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are required to take), at a 90% rate (10-year average).