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2012-2013 Academic Catalog: Academic Resources

Academic Advising

A prime objective of the faculty, staff, and administration is to assist our students in taking full advantage of the learning environment and resources available at Wentworth so that they may succeed in achieving their educational and career goals.

To help the new day student, the Institute has developed Wentworth Opening Week (WOW). At this multi-day orientation, faculty, staff, and students give counsel regarding a student’s selected program of study, review strategies for taking full advantage of Wentworth’s learning environment and support services, and outline major academic policies and procedures affecting graduation requirements.

All students – in both day and CPCE programs - are assigned a faculty advisor from their discipline (non-matriculated CPCE students should meet with the associate director of admissions). Faculty advisors maintain posted hours during the week while classes are in session to counsel students on curricular matters, monitor academic progress of assigned students, review academic policies and procedures when necessary, review students’ course selections prior to registration, and answer questions regarding their career and educational objectives. First-year students will not be able to register for spring 2013 or fall 2013 courses without meeting their advisor. Students are required to fulfill the Student Responsibilities for Academic Advising as listed below. Students must:

  • Know the name of their academic advisors (and program coordinator, if applicable) as well as his/her office location, telephone extension, e-mail address, and office hours. Students can find their advisor’s name on Leopardweb, listed as part of the student information page listed in the Student Records menu.
  • Know the office location and telephone number of the department in which they are enrolled.
  • Maintain accurate personal information (local address, telephone number, and e-mail address) with the Institute.
  • Become familiar with the catalog, Student Handbook, and curriculum requirements for their designated majors. Know how prerequisites and co-requisites will affect course sequencing and scheduling. (These resources are available in print and online.)
  • Be aware of all significant dates (registration, drop/add, etc.) throughout the academic year.
  • Inform their advisors of any extenuating circumstances affecting their academic progress.
  • Contact the appropriate professor and/or advisor upon receipt of a grade below C at midterm or after final grades are posted.
  • Contact his/her advisor if put on probation to review status and Probation Checklist.
  • Initiate contact (meeting, phone call, e-mail) with their advisors when facing academic difficulties; and know that their advisors are also a resource for referrals regarding personal issues.
  • Follow-up on the suggestions arising from meetings with their advisors, and inform their advisors of progress in carrying out any suggested courses of action.
  • Learn and use the features of the Leopard Connection (LConnect) to facilitate communication between the student, the advisor, and the Institute.

It is ultimately each student’s responsibility to fulfill his/her degree requirements.

Students are encouraged to discuss academic problems with their instructors and advisors as early as possible. There is no reason for any student not to receive assistance to resolve problems or not to succeed academically at Wentworth. Families of new students are also encouraged to recommend that students seek help as soon as possible from their instructors or faculty advisors. Faculty advisors can also explain the Institute’s academic policies and procedures. In addition, the Learning Center is available for assistance.

Alumni Library

Walter T. Punch, Director
Beatty Hall, 2nd Floor
Phone: 617-989-4040

The Wentworth Alumni Library provides a professionally selected collection of materials to meet the informational and educational needs of the Wentworth community, with an emphasis on engineering, technology, architecture, design, computer science, and management. Information is offered via books, periodicals, digital collections, e-books, and audiovisual media.

The Alumni Library is located on the 2nd and Mezzanine floors of Beatty Hall. It is open seven days per week for a total of 96 hours, with reference librarians available to assist students. Hours are extended for the week prior to, and the week of, final examinations.

The Library offers introductory information literacy programs that are conducted through various classes. In addition, more advanced sessions are available for specific projects, assignments, and themes. Research classes are structured around the needs and wants of the participants. Also, open sessions are offered to all members of the Wentworth community for both general and specific research assistance.

All electronic resources (the majority of which are full-text) are available around the clock on-and off-campus through the Alumni Library website at The Library offers wireless access to its web-based research databases.

The Alumni Library is a member of several library consortia: the Fenway Library Consortium (FLC); Fenway Libraries Online (FLO); OCLC, an international database that provides access to WorldCat with 1.8 billion items available through more than 72,000 participating member libraries and information centers in over 170 countries; LYRASIS, which covers the New England region; the Boston Regional Library System; and the Massachusetts state-wide virtual catalog. Through the library’s membership in the FLC (, the Wentworth community has access to more than three million volumes and other electronic and digital resources. Presentation of a valid Wentworth ID card is all that is needed to use or borrow books at the 17 member libraries.

In addition, the online catalogs of ten members of the FLC are available through the FLO consortium and may be accessed at

For additional information, call the Library at 617-989-3040 or visit the website at

The Learning Center

Karen Britton, Director of Student Achievement and Academic Relations
Beatty Hall, Room 402

The mission of The Learning Center (TLC) is to assist all Wentworth students in the areas of math, science, technical courses specific to majors, and writing. The Center is a supportive and safe learning environment for students looking to improve or maintain their academic standing. In this student-based learning environment, students can receive individual help with their studies, meet and work in study groups, or go online to find resources to assist them in meeting their goals for academic success. The Leaning Center provides academic assistance free of charge to any Wentworth student. The staff includes peer tutors, who assist students with mathematics, science, and major subjects, faculty from various departments who assist with mathematics and technical courses, and Writing Tutors who assist students with questions about writing papers, conducting research, preparing outlines, or brainstorming ideas. Although it is recommended that students make tutoring appointments via the TLC web site on the Academic Resources tab of LConnect, walk-ins are accommodated if possible. In addition to tutorials, the TLC offers various workshops, including ESL Conversation, Graduate School, and Reading Assistance.

A second mission of the Center is to provide resources and support to faculty for teaching and professional development, consisting of workshops, lectures, events and providing references related to teaching and scholarship. The Center works with the Office of the Senior VPAA and Provost and various faculty committees to achieve these goals.

The TLC, located in Beatty 402, is open Monday through Friday. Specific hours and a complete list of services can be accessed through the TLC website at, or by checking the schedule posted outside the TLC. For additional information, contact the director at 617-989-4472.

Academic Services and Faciliites

Learning & Development

Monique Fuchs, Associate Vice President
Annex Central, Room 204
Phone: 617-989-4513

Learning & Development [LD] encompasses The Learning Center for student support and the office of Faculty Development. It's overarching vision is to create a vibrant, engaging, and innovative learning environment for students, faculty and the larger Wentworth community. Focus of The Learning Center [TLC] is to enhance student learning and success while developing the whole student in collaboration with other campus entities. Faculty Development provides workshops and one-on-one consultations to faculty members promoting teaching excellence and creating a platform for faculty to share experiences with other faculty members. In addition, LD develops tools and resources integrating technology seamlessly into the curricula and fostering interdisciplinary learning engagements.

Division of Technology Services

Help Desk
Beatty Hall, Room 320
Phone: 617-989-4500

The Division of Technology Services supports all aspects of technology at the Institute. The division has five departments: Network Services, Laptop Services, User Services, Media Services and Web Services.

  • Enterprise Applications supports the many administrative applications across campus, including the student information system (Banner), the data warehouse, data security and secure mobile applications.
  • Laptop Services supports all aspects of the Laptop program including distribution, technical support, repair, software and licensing downloads.
  • Network Operations supports the internal network, institute WiFi N, Internet access and shaping, network security, campus unified communications, and the Data Center.
  • User Services manages and staffs the Help Desk, and provides staff desktop support.
  • Media Services supports classroom technology.
  • Web Services maintains and supports institute web sites, the intranet, social media and mobile applications.

DTS Vision

DTS is committed to the standards that are the essence of a higher education institution: quality, service, innovation, value and accessibility. It is our goal that these five institute attributes will be reflected in both the department and our community, and will be pursued under the rubric of a student centered learning community.

Quality: The identification and effective use of technology is critical to the support of a comprehensive learning environment.

Service: Technology should support user friendly access to requisite information and services.

Innovation: We must continually evolve to meet the present and future needs of the students, faculty, staff and broader community. A prime example of this is lifelong learning and the related technological flexibility and sophistication to enable it.

Value: We must ensure in any endeavor that we are producing the greatest value relative to the resources utilized.

Accessibility: Technology and innovation must be available to students for all their academic and administrative needs.

DTS Mission

  1. Enable students to learn more effectively.
  2. Enable WIT to operate in an efficient and effective manner.
  3. Prepare students for a future in which information technologies will play an increasingly significant role in both their personal and professional lives.
  4. Enable WIT to reach out to the community in support of the various needs of our constituents.
  5. Enable WIT to achieve a competitive advantage in attracting students, faculty and staff.

DTS Goals

  1. Provide each member of the WIT community with convenient and secure access to information.
  2. Develop a sustainable funding mechanism within the technology operational budget.
  3. Develop and implement a capital budget and equipment renewal plan.
  4. Improve effectiveness and efficiency of investments in technology to improve student learning.
  5. Create an empowered campus for constituent self-determination via electronic self-service to access educational needs.
  6. Use information technology to enhance communication with prospective students, alumni and the community at large.
  7. Pursue cooperative technology ventures with other colleges and agencies to reduce costs and improve service.

Laboratory and Studio Facilities

Wentworth’s laboratory and studio facilities are equipped with the tools, materials, apparatus, instrumentation and machinery necessary to provide students with a variety of hands-on technical, industrial and design experiences. This detailed listing of laboratory and studio facilities demonstrates the range of practical learning opportunities afforded to Wentworth students.

Architecture Design Studios (Annex North)

The Department of Architecture’s design studios comprise two and a half floors of the Annex North building. These large loft-like spaces with natural light, and views provide dedicated work space for each student (sophomore year and above), as well as critique rooms for group reviews.

Architecture Shop Space (Annex North)

The Architecture Department has two shop spaces dedicated to machinery for both traditional model building and digital output utilizing laser cutter and CNC equipment. These facilities are staffed with a full-time supervisor.

Chemistry Laboratory (Willson 203 & 204)

The Chemistry Laboratory houses a variety of analytical equipment including pH and conductivity meters, five analytical balances, six spectrophotometers, eight built-in draft hoods, twelve aspirators and eight melting point units. Research grade distilled water is generated by a Millipore Direct Q Distillation Unit.

Communication Systems and Digital Electronics (Dobbs 007)

This hybrid student work area for hardware and software development was designed for the study of digital hardware, including microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processing technology, and FPGA (Field-programmable Gate Array) integrated circuits. There are twelve computers in this laboratory which are linked together by a general-purpose interface bus to their own set of digital test equipment.

Computer Networking Laboratory (Wentworth 004)

The Computer Networking Laboratory is outfitted with the latest technology, including Hewlett Packard, Dell and 64-bit processor servers. Thirty Cisco routers and switches, patch panels, UPS systems, and TFTP servers are housed in 5-42U four-post server racks. Students work with CentOS Linux, Microsoft Server 2008, and Windows 7 operating systems while creating a multitude of network configurations.

Concrete Laboratory (Annex Central 012)

The major pieces of equipment include two concrete mixers, sieve shakers, sample splitters, curing tank, and drying ovens. Students learn the fundamentals of concrete mix design and testing in this lab. Tests are run on aggregates as well as on the freshly made and hardened concrete. Students can measure the effect that different aggregate gradations, varying amounts of water, and the use of admixtures have on a concrete mix.

Construction Management Project Laboratory (Annex South 002 & 004)

The construction management lab provides students with place to apply the technical skills of a construction project from concept to completion. Some of the skills that are developed here include resource management, time, cost, and quality with an emphasis on team building. During a student’s collaboration here they will complete projects using such proficiencies as budget, scheduling, estimating, engineering fundamentals, and analytical and communication skills. Computer monitors are available for each work station, and both labs have a Smart Board and screens for presentations.

Construction Outdoor Laboratory

This paved outdoor space gives construction management students an area to erect masonry and timber structures and evaluate various construction methods and practices.

Design and Simulation (Mathematical Modeling) Laboratory (Dobbs 202)

Engineering students doing design, analysis, and simulation use this laboratory space, containing four workstations arranged for team projects. A partial list of the software available in the laboratory includes Microsoft Professional Office, MATLAB with most of MATLAB’s toolboxes, AutoCAD, Working Model, Solid Works, Cosmosworks, and a finite element software package (COMSOL), Agilent’s VEE, and LabView.

Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory (Wentworth 003)

The Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory is intended primarily to meet the needs of the rapidly growing telecommunications industry. This student work area is currently equipped with ten of the latest RF network analyzers and ten computers for work in electromagnetic field theory.

Electronics Laboratory (Dobbs Hall 104A)

The Electronics Laboratory is a core work area for all electronics and computer engineering technology students. Twenty computers, each linked by a general purpose interface bus to its own set of test equipment, enable students to perform computer-aided tests, circuit analysis and simulation tasks, and to solve data acquisition and process control problems. Each computer is loaded with an array of current software packages and is connected for e-mail and Internet access.

Engineering Prototype and Projects Laboratory (Dobbs 104B)

This laboratory provides students with an area to build and test their prototypes. Internet access is available as well as standard electronic bench equipment (oscilloscope, digital multimeter, function generator, and power supply). Workbenches and equipment are available for component assembly and packaging, soldering, and mechanical assembly.

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (Kingman 101)

This laboratory contains an array of fluid testing and propulsion equipment such as a subsonic wind tunnel, a variable-frequency drive pumping station, a supersonic/compressible flow system, a friction pressure drop piping system for circulating water, a Saybolt Universal Viscosimeter, and a velocity profile/pitot tube apparatus.

Fluids and Hydraulics Laboratory (Annex Central 005)

Equipment in this laboratory is used to demonstrate the basic principles of hydraulics and fluid flow in both open channels and closed conduits. Students learn the concepts of buoyancy, velocity of flow, energy losses in bends and restrictions, sediment transport, and pump efficiency. Each of the large benches has a reservoir and a pump to circulate water. Individual experiments can be hooked up to these, allowing students to have separate workstations. Of particular note are the two five-meter flumes.

Geotechnical Laboratory (Annex Central 009)

The major pieces of equipment in this laboratory include a triaxial machine, two direct shear machines, two unconfined compression machines, four consolidometers, a data collector, and sieve shaker. Tests on field-obtained soil samples can be performed to characterize and classify soil and to determine the strength, settlement, and drainage characteristics of soil deposits, information which is essential to the design of shallow and deep foundations, embankments, retaining walls, and base courses for highways.

Heat Transfer Laboratory (Kingman 102)

The Heat Transfer lab enables students to study principles of heat conduction, convection, and radiation. It includes an axial and a radial conduction experiments, a shell and tubes and a plate heat exchanger. There are also equipments and sensors that allow students to investigate transient heat transfer and lumped system analysis, radiation prosperities, heat sink, and heat pipes.

HVAC Laboratory (Kingman 102)

The HVAC laboratory enables mechanical engineering technology and electromechanical engineering students to learn moist air properties and air-conditioning processes, and also investigate different HVAC systems and refrigeration cycles. This lab houses several basic vapor compression refrigeration systems and an industrial type vapor-compression system with double evaporator and water cooled condenser. It is also equipped with a basic air-conditioning system experiments to study Psychometric processes.

Interior Design Studios (Annex South)

Starting in the sophomore year, the Interior Design Department provides dedicated studio space for each student. Studios include space for classes and individual work during evening and weekend hours. The studios also include critique spaces and a materials resource room.

Manufacturing Center (Williston 001)

The Manufacturing Center, located in Williston Hall, has four laboratory areas. (1) The machining lab has six Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) lathes, six CNC 3-axis knee mills, a CNC 3-axis bed mill, two Vertical Machining Centers, and a Coordinate Measuring Machine. Students learn through experiential laboratory activities the principles of material removal, from basic, manual operations through the most advanced computer aided manufacturing (CAM) processes. (2) The Rapid Prototyping (RP) lab has multiple 3-D printing processes enabling students to fabricate models for projects courses and sand casting patterns for the foundry. As is true in the machining section, all RP processes are on the Institute network, allowing remote access file handling. (3) The metal fabrication area contains all the basic sheet metal fabrication equipment along with a 4’ x 4’ CNC plasma torch table. There are six multi-process GMAW welding stations on downdraft tables. (4) The foundry lab is used to pour aluminum parts using the green sand casting process.

Materials Science Laboratory (Dobbs 104D)

The Materials Science Laboratory is equipped with all of the necessary equipment to introduce students to the concepts and fundamentals of materials. Metallographic samples are prepared with the help of diamond cut-off saws and electro-hydraulic automatic mounting presses. Microstructural analysis can be performed on one of several inverted microscopes equipped with digital imaging hardware. High temperature, industrial box furnaces, and cold-rolling equipment are used to demonstrate the relationship of manufacturing processes and resulting material properties. Other topics of experimentation include electrochemical corrosion and polymer-matrix composite materials.

Model Shop (Annex East)

Shared by members of the industrial design and interior design programs, the Model Shop houses wood and metal working machinery and power and hand tools for working with a variety of media including wood, foam, plastics, and metal. Led by full-time technical coordinators, the shop is available to Department of Design & Facilities students who have passed a practical safety test. A walk-in spray booth is located adjacent to the shop for spraying paint and other finishing materials. Students have use of the facility during studio and on scheduled evening and weekend hours.

Nanotechnology Laboratory (Willson 105)

The laboratory is used to supplement nanotechnology courses and supports undergraduate research through senior design offerings and special student projects as well as for teaching across engineering disciplines to promote cross-disciplinary teamwork at Wentworth. The laboratory encompasses a nanoparticle deposition system capable of generating nanoparticles of different sizes from different materials in a differential pressure vacuum system along with an Atomic Force Microscope and other test and characterization equipment.

Physics Laboratories (Willson Hall)

The Physics Laboratories are equipped to support introductory experiments in mechanics, fluids, sound, electric and magnetic fields, and optics. Additional apparatus available to support more advanced experiments includes various electron tubes, precision interferometers, spectrometers, acoustic devices, HeNe, tunable lasers and a complete X-ray system.

Power and Controls Laboratory (Wentworth 007)

The Power and Controls Laboratory is a specialty lab dedicated to the study of various

size motors and generators and to the analysis and design of analog and digital feedback control systems. Centered on four machine sets, this student work area is supported by ten computers, digital oscilloscopes, and digital multimeters.

Project Laboratory (Kingman 103)

This laboratory space is dedicated for multi-purpose student-based innovative projects. Machining equipment, welding facilities, and a variety of tools are available in this area to promote student-based innovative projects.

Soils Laboratory (Annex Central 007)

This laboratory space is used for soil identification and analysis. It contains ovens, sieves, and two concrete cylinder compression machines.

Strength of Materials Laboratory (Dobbs 008)

The Strength of Materials Laboratory houses electrodynamic and hydraulic testing equipment which allows students to investigate important material properties such as tensile strength, shear stress, and elasticity. Other major apparatus featured in this lab include a fatigue tester, a beam deflection station, a rotating beam device, an impact tester, a temperature creep tester, and electronic strain gages. Students also analyze various structures and profile the results using graphics software.

Survey Locker (Annex North)

This locker houses an impressive collection of state-of-the-art equipment for making linear and angular measurements as well as locating points with a high degree of accuracy. Included are ten automatic levels, ten theodolites, five total stations with internal data collectors, one electronic digital level, one laser level, and two global positioning systems with multiple receivers. Students in the civil engineering, civil engineering technology, and construction management programs are introduced to the theory of measurement in lecture and gain practical experience by using the instruments in lab. Surveying is done on and around the campus.

Thermodynamics Laboratory (Rubenstein 005)

The Thermodynamics Laboratory serves students enrolled in mechanical and electromechanical degree programs and enables them to study the use of energy for the purposes of mechanical and electrical power production. This lab features a turbo charged diesel engine/generator station, a calorimeter for fuel analysis, an air heat-recovery ventilator (white enclosure) for indoor air quality, a state-of-the-art small engine dynamometer, and an aircraft gas turbine. Students are introduced to pressure, temperature, and humidity testing devices such as transducers, vacuum gages, thermocouples, and barometers. Engine efficiency and performance tests are conducted, and students learn basic properties of various fluids.

Water and Wastewater Unit Operations Laboratory (Annex North 003)

This laboratory houses a variety of typical laboratory analytical equipment and assorted glassware. Of interest in this lab are two 200-gallon wastewater pilot test tanks, a reverse osmosis water treatment system, three incubators for B.O.D. testing and incubating biological samples, a water distillation column, and six bench microscopes.

Academic Resources 2012-2013 Course Catalog, Wentworth Institute of Technology

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