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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Interdisciplinary Engineering

Electromechanical Engineering Program

Dr. Nakisa Alborz, LEED AP BD+C,  Chair
Rubenstein Hall, Room 202A
617-989-4705

Electromechanical Engineering (BELM)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of ABET, www.abet.org. 

The Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) program is a five-year engineering program with a dynamic interdisciplinary character and unique approach to learning. Grounded in a solid foundation of mathematics, science, and humanities and social sciences, the BELM program incorporates all the essential elements of an electrical and mechanical engineering curriculum. This program features engineering design courses, extensive exposure to engineering problem solving, and a faculty committee management structure that responds quickly to industrial change and academic needs. Wentworth stresses the importance of hands-on experience and extensive lab work. BELM students spend a significant amount of time working in our state-of-the-art laboratories with computers and microprocessors being a large part of the program. Students use computers and test equipment extensively to verify and develop principles of engineering in diverse areas including mechanics of materials, embedded microcontroller systems, analog and digital circuit design, thermodynamics, vibrations, materials science, feedback controls, and machine design.

Electromechanical Engineering Program Mission Statement

The mission of this interdisciplinary electrical and mechanical program is to prepare students to become practicing engineers who will become innovative problem solvers in industry, government, and academia.

Electromechanical Engineering Program Objectives

The educational objectives of this program, which describe the expectations of our graduates a few years after graduation, are as follows:

  • Contribute significantly in the design and development of complex electromechanical systems
  • Work effectively as members of multidisciplinary teams that analyze data critically, synthesize information and implement ethical solutions for the betterment of society
  • Prepare and present technical information professionally and effectively to various audiences
  • Further their education through directed or independent studies to advance themselves personally and professionally

The Electromechanical Engineering program at Wentworth is committed to both a collaborative teaching model and a committee management structure, thereby providing the students access to many innovative interdisciplinary educational opportunities.

Electromechanical Engineering Program Outcomes

Students should demonstrate these abilities upon graduation:

a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g) An ability to communicate effectively.
h) An ability 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, lifelong learning.
j) A knowledge of contemporary issues.
k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Career Opportunities

Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) is a cooperative education program that provides students with one of the most important aspects of a Wentworth education. BELM students will complete at least two non-consecutive semesters of full-time cooperative work experience in industry in fields related to electromechanical engineering. Graduates may continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue an industrial career. Wentworth BELM graduates are multidisciplinary engineers, with expertise in electrical and mechanical engineering, and as such, are in high demand and well prepared to meet the professional challenges of a constantly changing and increasingly global workforce.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 174 credits

This is a five-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the spring semester of the student’s fifth year.

Special Requirements for Graduation

In addition to the general graduation requirements of the Institute, specific graduation requirements from the Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) program with a Bachelor of Science degree include:

1) Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all technical courses. The courses used to determine the cumulative grade point average for all BELM technical courses are listed in the curriculum in italics. If another Wentworth technical course is substituted for one of these listed courses, the substitute course will be calculated into this cumulative grade point average for all technical courses.

Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) Curriculum 

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ENGR1100, Intro to Engineering
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM OR
  • ENGR1800, Introduction to  MATLAB
  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
  • FYS1000, First Year Seminar

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ENGR1500, Intro to Engineering Design
  • ENGR1800, Introduction to MATLAB OR
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM
  • MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
  • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

  • ELEC2250, Network Theory I
  • MATH2500, Differential Equations
  • ELECTIVE, General
  • ELEC2275, Digital Logic
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

  • MECH2300, Engineering Graphics
  • ELEC2750, Network Theory II
  • MECH2000, Engineering Statics
  • MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
  • CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 20)

  • ELEC2850, Microcontrollers Using C Programming
  • ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design
  • MECH2500, Mechanics of Materials
  • MECH2250, Engineering Thermodynamics
  • MATH2860, Linear Algebra & Matrix Theory

Junior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

  • ELEC3150, Object Oriented Programming for Engineers
  • ELMC3000, Electromechanical Design/EPIC
  • MECH3100, Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • MECH3600, Materials Science
  • MATH2100, Probability and Statistics for Engineers

Junior Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Semester I

Senior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

  • ELEC3920, Engineering Signals & Systems
  • ELEC4050, Motors and Controls
  • MECH3900, Engineering Heat Transfer
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ELECTIVE, Technical/ EPIC

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • ELEC4475, Feedback and Control
  • MECH3850, Engineering Dynamics
  • MECH6000, Advanced  Thermodynamics
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Semester II

Fifth Year, Fall Semester (total credits 15)

  • ELMC5005, Electromechanical Systems I
  • ELMC5000, Senior Design I
  • ELECTIVE, Technical or EPIC
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Fifth Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

  • ELMC5505, Electromechanical Systems II
  • ELMC5500, Senior Design II
  • MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

*ENGL/HSS Note:  

Day program students are required to complete:  

  • At least one course in Humanities  
  • At least one course in the Social Sciences  
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program

Dr. Nakisa Alborz, LEED AP BD+C,  Chair
Rubenstein Hall, Room 202A
617-989-4705

Engineering (BSEN) 
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of ABET (www.abet.org).

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEN) degree program is an innovative curriculum providing students the flexibility to integrate an engineering concentration course of study with directed studies (minors) of their choice to broaden their education for their professional and personal goals. Students work with the department chair and/or a full-time faculty mentor to customize their education. Advice shall be provided for both their specialized area of engineering study (concentration) and an area of directed studies (minor). The BSEN program allows students to compliment an engineering curriculum with directed study courses to expand their education beyond a single area of study. 

Students in the BSEN program are required to select one area of engineering concentration at the end of their freshman year from the following concentrations: Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical or Manufacturing, as well as a minor/directed studies. Recommended plans of study are indicated below in the concentration curriculum sheets for the various engineering concentration tracks. Students are required to consult with their academic advisors to identify their concentration track and directed studies path. Students may plan to study abroad for one semester, ideally during the fall semester of their junior year. 

All concentrations of the BSEN curriculum include the following:

  • A set of core engineering concentration courses
  • A set of mathematics and science courses that support the engineering discipline
  • A set of general education courses that provide the foundation to understand the role and responsibility of an engineer in society, and in a global environment
  • A set of directed study courses/minor courses that provide a pathway for a student’s future goals. A set of interdisciplinary design courses that allow students to collaborate with one another on a variety of projects

BSEN curriculum total credit hours for all concentration tracks:

  • Engineering Concentration courses: 52 credits 
  • Mathematics and Basic Science: 32 credits 
  • General Education: 28 credits 
  • Directed Studies and other electives: 16 credits 
  • Business / Management: 6 credits

BSEN Program Mission Statement

The mission of the BSEN engineering program is to prepare students to become practicing engineers who are entrepreneurs, innovative problem solvers, engineering managers, system engineers, engineers having multidisciplinary skills, and engineering design professionals.

Engineering Program Objectives

The educational objectives of this program, which describe the expectations of our graduates a few years after graduation, are as follows:

  • Develop creative solutions for the benefit of society while working on multidisciplinary engineering teams
  • Communicate effectively to present technical information to various audiences
  • Pursue directed or independent study to advance professionally

Engineering Program Outcomes 

Upon graduation, BSEN graduates demonstrate the following outcomes:

a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) An ability to communicate effectively
h) An ability 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, lifelong learning
j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEN) is a cooperative education program that provides students with one of the most important aspects of a Wentworth education. BSEN students must complete at least two non-consecutive semesters of full-time cooperative work experience in industry in fields related to their engineering concentration and directed study courses. Graduates may continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue an industrial career. Wentworth BSEN graduates are multidisciplinary engineers, and as such, are in high demand and well prepared to meet the professional challenges of a constantly changing and increasingly global work force.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 134 

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall of the student’s first year and ending in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Engineering (BSEN) Curriculum

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

  • ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence*
  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD & CAM OR ENGR1800, Introduction to MATLAB
  • FYS1000, First Year Seminar

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

  • ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design
  • MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
  • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence*
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD & CAM OR ENGR1800, Introduction to MATLAB

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
  • ELECTIVE, Directed Studies
  • COMP, Computer Science Elective
  • ELECTIVE, Directed Studies
  • ENGINEERING COURSE (EC), Engineering Concentration

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • MATH2500, Differential Equations
  • ELECTIVE, Directed Studies
  • EC, Engineering Concentration
  • EC, Engineering Concentration
  • HUSS, Humanities/Social Science Elective*

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

  • ELECTIVE, Directed Studies
  • EC, Engineering Concentration
  • EC, Engineering Concentration
  • MGMT, Management Elective
  • HUSS, Humanities/Social Science Elective*

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

  • ENGR3500, Engineering Junior Design
  • EC, Engineering Concentration
  • MGMT, Management Elective
  • HUSS, Humanities/Social Science Elective*

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • ENGR5000, Engineering Senior Design I
  • EC, Engineering Concentration
  • EC, Engineering Concentration
  • HUSS, Humanities/Social Science Elective*
  • ELECTIVE, Directed Studies or General

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II
  • EC, Engineering Concentration
  • MATH/SCIENCE, Math/Science Elective
  • HUSS, Humanities/Social Science Elective 

*ENGL/HSS Note:  

  • Day program students are required to complete:  
  • At least one course in Humanities 
  • At least one course in the Social Sciences 
  • The remaining courses may be from either the Humanities or Social Sciences category.

For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements, please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog.

  1. Concentration     Declaration     Freshman     SPRING     Meet with Advisor/Academic Coordinator
  2. Minor     Declaration     Freshman     SPRING     Meet with Advisor/Academic Coordinator
  3. Study Abroad     interest     Freshman/Sophomore Year     Meet with Advisor/Academic Coordinator
  4. Study Abroad     semester     Junior     FALL     Prior discussions and paperwork with International CET liaison and Advisor
  5. Registration Access Codes     Every     Semester     Meet with (RACs or ‘Alternate PIN’)     Advisor/Academic     Coordinator