Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Department

Accreditation

The EE, CpE, and BME majors are offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering. All three degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

All three programs undergo a continuous assessment process to assure that their program objectives are met. More information on the educational objectives and student outcomes of each program can be found below.

  • Electrical Engineering

    Program Educational Objectives

    The program has identified short term and long term educational objectives.
    Short-term objectives:  The following goals apply to graduates within years one to four following graduation.

    1. Reflecting their broad education in electrical engineering and the liberal arts, our graduates should be collectively employed or engaged in further study in a variety of fields and professions within and outside of electrical engineering.

    2. Our graduates should be productive members of society and of their professions.

    3. Our graduates should be able to articulate how their Union College education has prepared them to achieve their career and life goals.

    Long-term objectives:  The following goals are added to those above for graduates five or more years after graduation.

    1. Our graduates should show evidence of career advancement or completion of academic studies.

    2. Our graduates should show evidence of life-long learning by having gained expertise in an area unfamiliar to them upon graduation.

    3. Our graduates should show evidence of professional recognition and continued professional development.

    Student Outcomes

    Graduates from the Electrical Engineering program will have

    (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) the broad education necessary 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 life-long learning

    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

  • Computer Engineering

    Program Educational Objectives

    The program has identified short term and long term educational objectives.
    Short-term objectives:  The following goals apply to graduates within years one to four following graduation.

    1. Reflecting their broad education in computer engineering and the liberal arts, our graduates should be collectively employed or engaged in further study in a variety of fields and professions within and outside of computer engineering.

    2. Our graduates should be productive members of society and of their professions.

    3. Our graduates should be able to articulate how their Union College education has prepared them to achieve their career and life goals.

    Long-term objectives:  The following goals are added to those above for graduates five or more years after graduation.

    1. Our graduates should show evidence of career advancement or completion of academic studies.

    2. Our graduates should show evidence of life-long learning by having gained expertise in an area unfamiliar to them upon graduation.

    3. Our graduates should show evidence of professional recognition and continued professional development.

    Student Outcomes

    Graduates from the Computer Engineering program will have

    (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) the broad education necessary 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 life-long learning

    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

  • Biomedical Engineering

    Program Educational Objectives

    We have defined several objectives that we expect our graduates to attain within a few years of graduation:

    1. Our graduates should be engaged professionally in positions that use the skills or abilities associated with broadly educated bioengineers or in good academic standing in programs of graduate study.

    2. Our graduates should be able to articulate how their education at Union College has prepared them to achieve their career and life goals.

    3. Our graduates should show evidence of life-long learning.

    Student Outcomes

    Graduates from the Biomedical Engineering program will have:

    (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) the broad education necessary 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 life-long learning

    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

  • Graduation and Enrollment Data

    Electrical and Computer Engineering enrollments are small at Union, allowing for an excellent student-to-faculty ratio and a hands-on approach to the curriculum.

    Fall 2014, Enrollment          
    Major 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
    Biomedical Engineering 19 18 19 12 68
    Computer Engineering 5 13 10 5 33
    Electrical Engineering 12 12 7 10 41
    Mechanical Engineering 46 53 56 33 188
    Engineering (Undecided) 49 1 50
    Grand Total 131 97 92 60 380

     

The ECBE Department has an advisory committee to ensure that Union’s EE, CpE, and BME programs are responsive to the needs of its constituencies. Representatives of the constituencies are brought together to review the published mission statement and objectives of the program, discuss the program’s progress in meeting the objectives, and to make recommendations for changes in mission, objectives and assessment procedures for the program.

More information about ABET can be found at http://www.abet.org/

Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
Phone: (410) 347-7700.