A Welcome from the Director
On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Penn State Harrisburg, I welcome you.
Please take a moment to browse this Web site and become further acquainted with our academic programs and the wealth of opportunities that exist for students and graduates. I am pleased you have taken the time to learn more about our school and college. You won’t be disappointed.
Penn State Harrisburg is an undergraduate college and graduate school of The Pennsylvania State University, one of the largest and most widely-recognized institutions in the nation. Penn State Harrisburg enrolls more than 4,000 students and offers two associate, 32 baccalaureate, 23 master’s, and three doctoral programs, as well as certificate and certification programs. The college is also home to the first two years of study leading to more than 160 Penn State undergraduate majors available throughout the Commonwealth.
Many strengths of study exist within Penn State Harrisburg, including the opportunity to work and study side-by-side with nationally respected faculty experts, to participate in productive internships, and to study in close proximity to the state capital and the region’s hub of business, commerce and industry. Our student-focused mission is to you students with a quality education to meet your personal and career goals. Simply put, our students come first!
The School of Science, Engineering, and Technology offers undergraduate study leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering, Mathematical Sciences or Mathematical Sciences with the secondary education option, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Science, and Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology. All of our engineering and engineering technology programs are either accredited or will seek accreditation when eligible by ABET. At the graduate level, our school offers master’s degree study in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Pollution Control.
Since many of the academic programs offered by the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology are hands-on in nature, the majority of the faculty is required to possess extensive industrial experience as well as excellence in teaching and research. As a student at Penn State Harrisburg, you will benefit from our vast resources while pursuing your degree in a smaller campus setting.
Our school responds to the needs of diverse constituencies by generating and replenishing resources essential to the intellectual, economic, civic, and cultural well-being of the area. Our respected, innovative, and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs, our record of research and scholarly contributions, and our community outreach activities promote human and economic development through the expansion and dissemination of knowledge and its applications.
Our aim is to educate students to think critically, communicate effectively, and act responsibly within the context of personal and professional ethics.
Once again, we welcome your interest in our school and encourage you to explore our Web site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the School and I will be happy to assist you.
Rafic Bachnak, Ph.D.
Director, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
The mission of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SSET) is to continue to provide excellence in undergraduate, graduate and professional educational programs. The school pursues and supports research, development, and scholarly activities for faculty and students through traditional and innovative means as well as through cooperative relationships with regional industries and professional communities.
The vision of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SSET) is to:
• maintain and continuously improve upon its national leadership in undergraduate engineering technology education, and
• create opportunities and access for individuals to pursue focused, high-quality baccalaureate and master’s level applied engineering, computer science, and mathematical sciences programs.
The SSET considers students to be its clients as well as its product. As clients, students will receive an excellent education and outstanding service. The SSET also considers the industries that employ its graduates as clients. To serve industry, SSET will deliver well-educated graduates, as well as faculty that are resources in performing applied research and delivering continuing education. The communities of South Central Pennsylvania are also SSET clients. The school is committed to serving the community by contributing to the economic and human resource development of the region through quality educational and applied research programs.
SSET faculty attach particular importance to the quality of their activities, services, and products. Although SSET’s focus is the region, our academic programs and the research and technical expertise of the faculty will expand our reach to national and global arenas.