Engineering And Applied Sciences, School Of

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

410 Bonner Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1900

Phone: 716.645.2774
Fax: 716.645.2495
Web: www.eng.buffalo.edu/

Tim Siderakis
Assistant Dean

D. Joseph Mook
Assistant Dean

Dean C. Millar
Assistant Dean

Teresa Miklitsch
Senior Academic Advisor

Rajan Batta
Associate Dean

Jane Sinclair
Senior Academic Advisor

Eileen Hassett
Assistant Dean

John E. Van Benschoten
Associate Dean

Kerry Collins-Gross
Assistant Dean

Drexel E. Gidney
Senior Academic Advisor and Director of Minority Programs

Margaret J. Meachem
Senior Academic Advisor

Harvey G. Stenger, Jr.
Dean

Robert E. Barnes
Associate Dean

About the Program

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers eight programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) in engineering: � aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering. These programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc.

Engineering Accreditation Commission
ABET, Inc.
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-347-7700
Fax: (410)-625-2238
E-mail: accreditation@abet.org
Web: www.abet.org

BA and BS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and a BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.

To meet accreditation requirements, engineering programs must demonstrate that graduates can:
(a) Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
(d) Function on multi-disciplinary teams
(e) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) Understand professional and ethical responsibility
(g) Communicate effectively


In addition, graduates must have:
(h)The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Candidates from secondary schools (high schools) must have completed mathematics through trigonometry, and should have completed higher-level courses such as chemistry and physics. High school grades, class standing, Regents exam scores, and either Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) scores are considered in the admission process. Incoming freshmen are admitted directly to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences or to departments within the school.

The undergraduate engineering program provides a solid background in engineering fundamentals and gives students an opportunity for hands-on experience throughout the engineering curriculum. The program provides students with a strong technical foundation, enables them to integrate their engineering education within the broader economic and technological environment, and fosters a desire for continued learning. The curriculum allows students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience is intended to facilitate placement of graduates in high-quality engineering positions or to prepare students for advanced study.

UB Engineering Mission Statement. The mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is to provide effective and high-quality engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels. Integral to this mission is an infrastructure of expertise and facilities that can support professional engineering education, advanced degree programs and research in important areas of applied science and technology. We will be a leader in forging and maintaining significant, mutually committed partnerships between our faculty and staff and students, alumni, industry, government, and other national and international educational institutions. Our specific mission objectives are to:
(1) Educate students to think critically and creatively, to identify and solve important technological problems, and to practice engineering with technical skill, a high regard for ethical principles and an understanding of economic and environmental realities.
(2) Perform high-quality research that advances applied science or technology while preparing future researchers for industrial, academic, and government positions.
(3) Contribute to interdisciplinary educational and to meet complex technological and societal needs.
(4) Perform high-quality research that advances applied science and technology while preparing future researchers for industrial, academic and government positions.
(5) Provide and coordinate educational, technical, and information services to industry, government, practicing engineers, educators, and the public.
(6) Become a leading catalyst for attracting and increasing the private sector to Western New York and New York State.
(7) Reach out internationally for cooperation in education and research.

Degree Options

The University at Buffalo offers undergraduate study in nine engineering programs leading to the BS degree, as well as degree options in computer science leading to a BA or BS. These programs are designed to prepare students to become effective practicing professionals by providing them with solid technical preparation and expertise, exposure to current engineering issues and practice, and the necessary background and training to deal with assignments confidently and professionally.

Acceptance Information

Students should apply for admission to the School of Engineering when they apply to UB as freshmen or transfers by indicating the curriculum code for their desired engineering major on the application form (0229 if undecided about the particular engineering major). The Office of Admissions coordinates the review with the School of Engineering. When available, math, chemistry, and physics Regents exam scores are evaluated along with SAT/ACT, and high school average as a supplement to the standard UB admissions criteria for freshmen. The additional level of review we undertake for admission reflects an academic success philosophy. That is, we seek to admit only those students with the academic credentials required to succeed in our academically rigorous programs. The median high school average and SAT scores for accepted students in recent years are 92 and 1220 (critical reading and math; not including essay), respectively.

Current UB students in good academic standing may also be eligible for admission with minimum C grades in MTH 141, MTH 142, and PHY 107 with greater than a 2.0 GPA among these. Such students may apply in the Office of Undergraduate Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 410 Bonner Hall, (716) 645-2774.

Course requirements for all engineering programs are similar in the first three semesters. Specific requirements for each degree program are listed in that program�s undergraduate catalog entry: aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering physics, environmental, industrial, and mechanical. Course requirements for computer science are listed in that program's undergraduate catalog entry.

General Education. Entering engineering freshman and transfer students must meet the general education requirements of the University at Buffalo. (See General Education section in this catalog). Engineering students must also satisfy ABET requirements relating to depth and breadth in the humanities and social sciences. Information regarding these requirements is available in the Engineering Office of Undergraduate Education, 410 Bonner Hall.

Advisement

Students obtain academic advice and guidance either from the senior academic advisors in the Engineering Office of Undergraduate Education or the faculty advisors in their program of study. Students not yet admitted to a program are advised by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

All students are required to see a program advisor prior to registering for the fall semester in the senior year. At this mandatory advisement, the remaining courses in a student�s program are selected so that general education, engineering design, and other program requirements are satisfied.

To satisfy the requirements for any of the accredited engineering degrees, students must demonstrate a proficiency in design through a major design exercise and through design efforts in several disciplines. Advisors in each department explain these requirements and assist in the selection of appropriate courses.

Academic Requirements

Students following the computer science and computer engineering programs must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to remain in good standing. Failure to maintain the required GPA in any of these categories may result in a student being placed on probation or dismissed from the program. When there is heavy demand for a program, it may be necessary to raise the GPA requirement for that program to accommodate demand.

Transfer Policy

Admission of transfer students into an engineering program is granted on the basis of previous college academic performance. Student transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Education, 410 Bonner Hall. Course content, contact hours, and grades are evaluated to determine acceptance. Courses completed at other universities and colleges are not automatically accepted for credit. GPA minimums for admission may vary from year to year. In general, transfer students should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for admission to an engineering program; a GPA of 3.0 is recommended.

Notices of acceptance are sent by the university Office of Admissions. Normally, transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college or the first three years of a 3+2 program at a four-year college can expect to enter the third year of an engineering program at the University at Buffalo. Graduates of technology programs receive limited transfer credit and can expect three to four additional years of study at the university to complete the engineering degree requirements.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

As part of their undergraduate education, students are encouraged to participate in work experience classes and research opportunities.

Work experience is available through the Engineering Career Institute program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as departmental co-op and internship classes. The Engineering Career Institute (EAS 396, 1 academic credit) provides career-effectiveness skills and co-op placement assistance during the junior year. This may be followed by one to three co-op work experiences (EAS 496, 2 academic credit hours). Additional information about the Engineering Career Institute or Co-op program is available from the Corporate Relations office in 415 Bonner Hall.
Undergraduate research experiences are available for course credit (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity or Independent Study) or without credit working as an assistant in the research laboratory of a faculty member. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (http://curca.buffalo.edu) serves as a clearing house for information regarding undergraduate research.

Course Descriptions

EAS 140 Engineering Solutions

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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A first course in engineering. Introduces students to engineering design used to solve technologically based problems in the various fields of engineering, and develops computer skills for problem solving using MAPLE, spreadsheets, network file transfer, remote login, e-mail, UNIX, and algorithmic problem-solving approaches.

EAS 200 EE Concepts/Nonmajors

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  PHY 108
Corequisites:  MTH 306
Type:  LEC

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Introduces aspects of electrical engineering useful to all the engineering disciplines. Course material includes basic circuit analysis and networks, frequency response, elementary solid-state electronics, digital circuits, and energy conversion and transmission. Not intended for electrical or engineering physics majors. Students may not receive credit for this and EE 202.

EAS 204 Thermodynamics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:   MTH 142 or equivalent
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Covers conservation of mass, first and second laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties, equilibrium, and their application to physical and chemical systems.

EAS 207 Statics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  PHY 107, MTH 142
Corequisites:  MTH 241
Type:  LEC

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Applies mechanics to studying static equilibrium of rigid and elastic bodies. Topics include composition and resolution of forces, moments and couple, equivalent force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, forces in trusses and beams, friction forces, first and second moments of area, moments and product of inertia, and methods of virtual work and total potential energy.

EAS 208 Dynamics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  EAS 207, MTH 241
Corequisites:  MTH 306
Type:  LEC

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Applies mechanics to studying the motion of particles and rigid bodies. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of particles, relative motion, work-energy methods, impulse-momentum methods, kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies, and simple vibration.

EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  EAS 207, MTH 241
Corequisites:  MTH 306
Type:  LEC

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Studies the mechanical behavior of solid bodies under various types of loading. Topics include stresses and strain, stress-strain relationships, plane stress and plane strain; shear and bending moments in beams, stresses in beams; deflection of beams, torsion of shafts, buckling of columns, energy methods, and failure criteria.

EAS 230 Higher-Level Language

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  EAS 140 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  MTH 142 or equivalent
Type:  LEC/LAB

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A second course in computer technology. Develops detailed knowledge of a higher-level programming language for solution of engineering problems. Extends the knowledge developed initially in EAS 140.

EAS 305 Applied Probability

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MTH 241
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Introduces probability and its application to engineering problems. Examines sample space, random variables, expected values, limiting theorems, error analysis, and provides introduction to random processes. Students may not receive credit for this course and EAS 308.

EAS 308 Engineering Statistics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  MTH 241
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Introduces statistical inference, methods of data analysis, point and interval estimation, tests of hypotheses, correlation and regression, and experiment design. Students may not receive credit for this course and EAS 305.

EAS 396 Engineering Career Institute

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  junior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides one academic credit for pre-employment classes with instruction on how to conduct a successful student employment job search. The semester culminates with one week [30 hours] of presentations from industrial managers on essential career-success subjects such as leadership, communication, teamwork, total quality management, and value engineering. This course enables students to obtain engineering credit-worthy employment along with the business success skills needed to be effective on the job. Subsequent to this course, students with jobs will enroll in EAS 496, Engineering Co-op.

EAS 451 Modern Methods of Engineering Computations

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  MTH 306
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces engineering analysis, emphasizing computer use to solve linear and nonlinear problems arising in all branches of engineering. Assignments require familiarity with a high-level programming language or mathematical software such as MATLAB. Topics include matrix operations, eigenvalues, initial-value and boundary-value problems, optimization, and introduction to numerical solution of partial differential equations.

EAS 480 Technical Communications for Engineers

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  upper-division standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Presents skills for producing clear, concise engineering communications, both written and oral. Focuses on the most frequently required communications�reports, memos, letters, and proposals. As a semester-long project, students write a proposal and then present it orally. Covers selecting and organizing information; writing efficiently; using easy-to-read language and formats; and adapting communications to peers, employers, clients, and other audiences.

EAS 483 Engineering Procedure Writing

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  upper-division standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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With the quality movement of the �80s and �90s, customers are requiring proof of a quality system. Companies provide this proof with procedures. In addition to proof of a quality system, procedures are used for training, standardizing a job, record keeping, and continuously improving a process. Teaches students how to write and manage effective procedures. Focuses on developing the technical and workplace tools an engineer uses to write procedures. As a semester-long project, the course requires students to write a procedure for a real-life company. Covers the following phases of developing a procedure: performing a needs analysis, investigating a process, organizing information, writing efficiently, editing, and validating a procedure. Also teaches students about the latest procedure compliance standards widely used in industry (e.g., ISO9000). Highlights include a field trip and guest speakers from industry.

EAS 495 Engineering Career Institute

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Involves a pre-employment job searching and enhanced job performance study, emphasizing practical application. Motivated students may obtain full-time, paid, credit-worthy employment. Topics covered include leadership, teamwork, communication, total quality management, and project management, among others. Open to pre-senior year students in any of the engineering majors.

EAS 496 Engineering Co-op

Credits:  2
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  senior standing in engineering
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Up to three work periods of engineering-related employment. Co-op students are employed full-time on paid, credit-worthy technical assignments in industry, with emphasis on practical application of engineering coursework. While each student is registered for two credit hours, full-time status at the University is afforded the student. This protects the student�s insurance, loan and possible INS status. The course goal is to provide valuable experience for students, while making positive contributions to employers. This win/win combination is designed to enhance participating students� employment opportunities upon commencement.

EAS 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Credits:  1 - 3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing faculty research project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry-based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting.

Updated: Nov 8, 2006 8:46:11 AM