2014-2015 Academic Catalog: Academic Resources

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Academic Advising is an integral part of the Wentworth student experience. Wentworth's advisors help students become more self-aware of their distinctive interests, talents, values and priorities. They enable students to see the connection between their present academic experience and future life plans by helping them discover their potential, purpose and passion, broadening their perspectives with respect to their personal life choices, and sharpening their cognitive skills for making these choices. In essence, the goal of Wentworth's advising system is to teach students to negotiate the higher education maze by giving them the tools and resources to do so.

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. 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 2015 or fall 2015 courses without meeting their advisor. Students are required to fulfill the Student Responsibilities for Academic Advising as listed below and on the advising website:

  • Know the name of your Academic Advisor as well as his/her office location, telephone extension, email address, and office hours. The name of your academic advisor is accessible on LConnect or through your department.
  • Know the building and telephone number of the department in which your major is located.
  • Keep personal information (local address and telephone number and email address) updated with the Institute (Student Services Center).
  • Become familiar with the Catalogue, Student Handbook, and curriculum requirements (tracking sheets) for your major. These resources are available on this web site and in your department. Know how pre-requisites and co-requisites will affect course sequencing and scheduling.
  • Be aware of all significant dates on the Academic Calendar (Registration, Drop/Add, etc.) throughout the academic year. Schedule a meeting with your advisor to discuss registration, when Registration Access Numbers (RACs) to register will be given. Bring Degree Audit/ Tracking Sheet (list of courses to be taken) to this meeting.
  • Inform your advisor of any extenuating circumstances affecting your academic progress as soon as possible.
  • Initiate contact (meeting, phone call, email) with your advisor when facing academic difficulties; know that your advisor is also a resource for referrals regarding personal issues.
  • Contact your appropriate Professor and/or Advisor upon receipt of a D or F at midterm or after final grades are posted.
  • If you are put on Probation, contact your Advisor and complete Academic Standing Checklist.
  • Follow up on suggestions arising from discussions with your advisor; and keep your advisor informed of progress in carrying out any suggested courses of action.
  • Learn and use the features of LConnect and this web site that will facilitate communication between you, your Advisor and the Institute.

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.. In addition, the Learning Center is available for assistance.

ALUMNI LIBRARY

Kurt Oliver, Interim Director
Beatty Hall, 2nd Floor
617-989-4094

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 www.wit.edu/library. 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 (www.fenwaylibraries.org/), 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 www.wit.edu/library.

For additional information, call the Library at 617-989-3040 or visit the website at www.wit.edu/library.

THE LEARNING CENTER

Joan Giblin, Director of Student Achievement
Beatty Hall, Room 402
617-989-4573

The Learning Center facilitates student learning in order to foster student success at Wentworth. The Learning Center encourages students to pursue opportunities for learning through workshops, programs and tutoring. Workshops appeal to students at all levels and all academic ability, from graduate school workshops to course specific study groups. In addition, the Learning Center provides students with opportunities to explore factors related to their academic success, such as how to study more efficiently, improve their reading, manage their time and metacognition.

The Learning Center also provides academic tutoring on campus, which occurs primarily on a 1-1 basis. 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
  • Writing tutors who assist students with questions about writing papers, conducting research, preparing outlines, or brainstorming ideas.

The Learning Center, 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 www.wit.edu/tlc

ACADEMIC SERVICES AND FACILITIES

DIVISION OF TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Help Desk
Beatty Hall, Room 320
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

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

DTS Goals

  • Provide each member of the WIT community with convenient and secure access to information.
  • Develop a sustainable funding mechanism within the technology operational budget.
  • Develop and implement a capital budget and equipment renewal plan.
  • Improve effectiveness and efficiency of investments in technology to improve student learning.
  • Create an empowered campus for constituent self-determination via electronic self-service to access educational needs.
  • Use information technology to enhance communication with prospective students, alumni and the community at large.
  • 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.

Biology Laboratories (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 122, 210)

The Sciences Department has two biology labs in the Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. These labs are outfitted with the newest equipment for conducting experiments in cell and molecular biology and biotechnology and performing studies for anatomy and physiology courses. These labs contain compound light microscopes, micropipettes, and spectrophotometers for introductory courses as well as thermal cyclers and molecular imaging systems for DNA and protein analysis. The labs also feature cutting edge devices such as fluorometers, a fluorescent microscope, and a real-time-PCR system for more sophisticated experiments. A dedicated space within the biology labs is designed for performing and teaching cell culture techniques, which includes a biosafety cabinet and incubator. Collectively, the biology labs are well equipped to provide students with the necessary tools and technology to gain relevant lab experience and skills for studying the natural world.

Biomedical Engineering Labs (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering)

The Biomedical Engineering department has three labs in the Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering: the Biomedical Instrumentation and Medical Devices lab (BMIL), the Bioelectronics & Biofluids lab (BEFL), and the Biomedical Engineering Project lab (BEPL). Several medical devices used in clinical diagnosis, therapy, research and development are housed in these labs in support of several lab-based courses in the biomedical engineering program. The devices in BMIL include biomedical electrical safety analyzers, heart rate and blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, electronic stethoscopes, ECG monitors, telemetry and nurse call systems, External Pacemakers, Defibrillators, AED’s, Neonatal and Transport Incubators, Electrolyte and Blood Gas Analyzers, Automated Blood Cell Counters and Patient Monitors as well as a collection of several special purpose simulators. BEFL has several medical electronic sensors and signal processing units, Biological work tables, Centrifuges, microtome, cryostat, and Infusion Pumps. Both BMIL and BEFL include general test and calibration equipment and provide access to commonly-used engineering software and specialized biomedical software. BEPL is designed for final year students to work on their senior interdisciplinary projects.

Altschuler Computer Center (Wentworth 004)

The Altschuler Computer Center is outfitted with the latest technology, including Dell servers, Cisco routers and switches, patch panels, UPS systems, TFTP servers and an EMC VNX housed in server racks. Students work with Linux, Microsoft Server, and Windows operating systems while creating a multitude of network configurations.

Blaisdell Biodiesel Lab (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 105)

Generously donated by Jack and Kathy Blaisdell, this laboratory is equipped to handle the production and testing of biodiesel, as well as other advanced chemical experimentation. The lab houses a biodiesel reactor constructed by Wentworth students. There are two chemical hoods, as well as a large drop hood to handle larger equipment requiring ventilation. The laboratory is also equipped with other advanced chemical apparatus for refinement and analysis of chemical products.

Casella Robotics Laboratory (Rubenstein 101)

This laboratory is used in the study of robotic systems as well as study of digital hardware, including microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processing technology, and FPGA (Field-programmable Gate Array) integrated circuits. The laboratory is equipped with two robotic arm systems, also one translational and one rotational vibration modules which can be used as one or multi-degree freedom vibrational systems There are eight computers in this laboratory which are linked together by a general-purpose interface bus to their own set of digital test equipment.

Chemistry Laboratories (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 326, 329, and 330)

Each of the chemistry labs are outfitted with the newest equipment for conducting experiments in general chemistry and selected topics in general chemistry as well as organic and biochemistry. The Chemistry labs contain integrated safety showers and eyewash stations, as well as traditional chemistry laboratory equipment including centrifuges, hoods, micropipettes, and computer integrated spectrophotometers, ion-selective electrodes, conductivity meters, electrochemistry apparatus, Galvanic cells, spectroscopes heating and drying ovens, distillation equipment, constant temperature baths and related devices. A dedicated space proximate to the chemistry labs is designed for performing and teaching use of IR (Infrared) spectrophotometers and other sensitive chemistry instrumentation. Collectively, the chemistry labs are well equipped to provide students with the necessary tools and technology for a collaborative EPIC learning environment.

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

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 202)

The Electronics Laboratory is a core work area for all electrical and computer engineering and 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.

Electronics Project Laboratory (Dobbs303A)

This laboratory provides students with an area to build and test their prototypes. The laboratory includes standard electronic bench equipment (oscilloscope, digital multimeter, function generator, and power supply). Workbenches and equipment are available for component assembly and packaging, 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.

Industrial Design Studios (Annex East and Annex South)

Starting in the sophomore year, the Industrial 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 several model shops equipped with traditional machines as well as rapid prototyping fabrication. Full-time lab technicians monitor all the model shops. There is also a digital imaging lab for drawing and photography.

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 003)

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.

Nanotechnology Laboratory (Dobbs 006)

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 (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 201, 206, 207, 211, 212)

The Physics Laboratories are equipped to support introductory experiments in mechanics, fluids, sound, waves, electric and magnetic fields, and optics. It is also equipped to support more advanced physics experiments such as spectrum of gases, interferometry, photo-electric effect, electron to mass ratio, electron beam deflection by electric and magnetic forces, and x-Rays. These experiments are performed with the help of a variety of precise and/or complex instruments that includes electron tubes, an x-rays machine, precision interferometers, spectrometers, acoustic devices, an optic table, oscilloscopes, function generators, Helium Neon lasers, and a complete microwave optics system. One of the labs is designed to perform light sensitive experiments in optics. The department also has its own weather station giving a variety of weather related data.

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.

LEARNING INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Tes Zakrzewski, Director of Learning Innovation & Technology
Annex Central, Room 208
617-989-4989

Learning Innovation & Technology partners with academic leadership and faculty across the institute to advance strategic goals and initiatives that foster excellence in teaching and learning. We aspire to enable faculty to integrate academic technology and experiential learning into their practice in a meaningfully, instructionally sound manner to enhance student engagement, motivation and outcomes. Learning opportunities are delivered through workshops, eLearning institutes, online resources, mentoring programs, and consulting. Our team offers expertise in adult learning and development, instructional design, facilitation and academic technology tools. Learning technologies include Blackboard Learn, web-based and software tools used to enhance the learning experience in classroom-based, hybrid and online courses. Our passion drives us to keep a pulse on theory and practice for emerging technologies, teaching and learning.