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Multidisciplinary Engineering Science Program At Trinity University

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs

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9.934.1 - 9.934.8



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Mahbub Uddin

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Mahbub Uddin Department of Engineering Science Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

1. Introduction

Trinity University is an independent, coeducational university in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. Trinity’s principal focus is on undergraduate education. Academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and preprofessional and professional fields are consciously intertwined to provide mutually reinforcing intellectual experiences for students and faculty.

The mission of the Engineering Science Department at Trinity University is to provide talented students with a broadly based undergraduate engineering education by offering a design oriented, multidisciplinary engineering science curriculum in the context of the University’s tradition of the liberal arts and sciences.

The curriculum emphasizes an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering science that form the foundation for technical work in all fields in engineering. Some specialization is available through elective courses in Chemical, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, taken during the junior and senior years. The program provides significant hands-on experience in engineering laboratories and participation in engineering design projects throughout the eight-semester engineering design course sequence. The emphasis on fundamentals is intended to prepare students for dealing with the rapid pace technological change and the interdisciplinary demands of today’s and tomorrow’s, engineering practice. The laboratory and design portions of the program provide the student with a balanced perspective of the realities and limitations required for practical problem solving.

The professional practice of engineering requires skill and resourcefulness in applying science and technology to the solution of problems in our complex technological society. The successful engineer must possess a thorough understanding of social and economic forces and have an appreciation of cultural and humanistic traditions. The Trinity Engineering Science Program encourages the development of this kind of graduate by providing a broad technical background and a significant liberal education in the humanities and social sciences.

The first engineering students entered Trinity in 1961. The program has been continuously accredited by ABET since 1969. It is the first accredited engineering program in San Antonio, Texas.

Our engineering science students come to Trinity with fine credentials. They are bright, inquisitive, and success oriented. The average SAT score of entering engineering students is about 1280. About 60 students enroll in the first year engineering design course.

Students apply for the engineering major in the second semester of their sophomore year. A high percentage of the students who are accepted as engineering majors graduate with engineering degrees. We graduate about 20-25 students per year. Typically, 25% of our engineering graduates are female and 10-15% are minorities.

Uddin, M. (2004, June), Multidisciplinary Engineering Science Program At Trinity University Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13800

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