The Master of Engineering in Engineering Science at Penn State Harrisburg is designed to provide a broad, advanced education in the engineering sciences by permitted practicing engineers to obtain advanced studies through evening classes, with specialization in the student’s area of interest, including civil, electrical, environmental, or mechanical engineering, as well as mathematics and computer science. This interdisciplinary blend differs from a traditional disciplinary master’s degree in that it offers a broader perspective to the student, while still allowing him/her to focus on one area in depth, if desired.
Many employers appreciate the focus of an undergraduate degree in a single engineering discipline. At the graduate level, it may be different. By this time, many individuals have work experience in their discipline and they find that they need not only more advanced skills in their field, but also more exposure to other fields. The Engineering Science master’s program is designed to address this need.
For example, an engineer working in aerospace on a satellite system may have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. After a few years, it is apparent that in order to advance, additional depth is needed not only in mechanical, but also in electrical engineering. The engineer may also find that he/she needs more exposure to mathematical problem-solving skills, such as operations research and probability, and computer science skills, such as advanced algorithms. With the M.Eng. in Engineering Science at Penn State Harrisburg, a graduate student is able to custom design a program to meet these needs.
For the example engineer mentioned above, the layout of a customized program might look like this:
Semester 1 (9 credits):
- ME 554 Digital Process Control (3)
- MATH 425 Introduction to Operations Research (3)
- ME 468 Engineering for Manufacturing (3)
Semester 2 (6 credits):
- EMCH 524A Mathematical Methods in Engineering (3)
(satisfies the Mathematics requirement)
- COMP 511 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3)
Semester 3 (9 credits):
- ME 577 Stochastic Systems (3)
- ME 521 Foundation of Fluid Dynamics (3)
- ME 456 Industrial Robot Applications (3)
Semester 4 (6 credits):
- ENGR 594 Master’s Paper Research (3)
(satisfies the M. Eng. paper requirement)
- EE 581 Optimal Control (3)
In addition to the ability to forge a custom graduate degree, the M.Eng. in Engineering Science also contains an independent research component. Each student is assigned an advisor in the engineering or science discipline that they find most interesting. During a latter semester in the program, the student completes an engineering science paper (ENGR 594) that represents a significant research effort related to his/her interest. Though not a full master’s thesis, the paper typically makes a significant contribution to the engineering or science field.