Engineering

Saint Michael's Engineering

Insight into Innovation

Do you enjoy science and mathematics? Do you want to solve environmental problems or build the technology of the future? Engineers translate their knowledge of science and mathematics into innovative designs and products like "smart" buildings, renewable energy solutions, efficient transportation systems, and groundwater monitoring systems. Every day, engineers make decisions that can affect the lives and well-being of thousands of people. To make wise choices, technical skill is not enough. Alongside your training in a specific engineering discipline, you will obtain a foundation in the liberal arts which will provide you with a broader perspective on the world. We aim to produce engineers who are not only highly trained in their fields, but who are also knowledgeable and concerned about the wider impact of their work.

Five Years, Two Degrees

Saint Michael's offers two 3+2 engineering programs, one with the University of Vermont and one with Clarkson University. Both programs begin with mathematics and laboratory science courses at Saint Michael's, where you'll have access to your professor in the classroom as well as the lab. When you transfer to either UVM or Clarkson you'll focus on the engineering aspect of your curriculum. While these programs each take five years to finish, you do receive two college degrees: a BA from Saint Michael's and a BS degree in engineering from the university you attend.

Personal Attention

The engineering advisers at Saint Michael's College ensure students have plenty of interaction and support as they pursue an engineering degree. The faculty members who serve as Engineering Program advisers are dedicated to working with students one-on-one to work out the details of courses and scheduling for this challenging program.

Grant/Scholarship Funding

When you apply for the transfer in your third year, you also apply for financial aid through your destination school. Need based aid is determined using the FAFSA; Saint Michael's scholarships cannot be used for the final portion of the program.

Zsuzsanna Kadas, PhD

Engineering Co-Director, Professor of Mathematics
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M.S., Ph.D. Rutgers University
B.S. St. John's University

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Areas of Expertise:

Differential equations; nonlinear dynamics; chaos and fractals; reaction-diffusion systems; mathematical models in chemistry, physiology, population dynamics

Courses I Teach:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Calculus I and II
  • Differential Equations
  • Discrete Mathematics

William Karstens, PhD

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Physics
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Ph.D. University of Vermont
M.A. Brandeis University
B.S. University of Vermont

Areas of Expertise:

Condensed matter physics, optical properties.

Greta Pangborn, PhD

Computer Science and Information Services Department Chair, Associate Professor of Computer Science
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B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Cornell University

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Areas of Expertise:

Computational optimization and algorithms. Recent applications I have  looked at include: self-assembling DNA nanostructures, VLSI chip layout, and unit rectangle visibility graphs.

Courses I Teach:

  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • eCommerce
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Machine Organization
  • Programming Languages for Information Systems

My Saint Michael's:

I am always struck by the number of Saint Michael's students who participate in volunteer activities to make a difference both locally and globally, and I really appreciate the strong sense of community. My classes are small, so I am able to get to know my students well. We are able to have events, such as class dinners, that would not be possible at a larger institution. There also are many independent study and student research opportunities available that might not be possible at a larger institution. In my five first years at Saint Michael's I have been able to work with 10 students on projects beyond the scope of an ordinary class.

My students are smart, hardworking, and friendly. I am always impressed, not just by their performance in my classes (which is very good), but by the wide range of their interests beyond the field of computer science.

I really enjoy all of my classes, but if pressed to pick a favorite I would say Data Structures and Algorithms, which is closely tied to my area of research.

Lloyd Simons, PhD

Engineering Co-Director, Professor of Mathematics
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M.Sc., Ph.D. McGill University
B.Sc. University of British Columbia

Areas of Expertise:

Algebraic Number Theory; Algebraic K Theory

Courses I Teach:

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Calculus I,II,III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics

My favorite class to teach is Calculus III. I very much like the material, which is the interplay of geometry and calculus. The power of mathematics to solve hard problems really begins to be evident in this class. And at this point, the students are for the most part very mathematically smart, motivated, and interested in the material.

My Saint Michael's:

Saint Michael's students are bright, polite, outgoing, and usually willing to learn. What more could a professor ask for?  The smaller class sizes and the relatively relaxed relationship one can have with one's students are also things I appreciate along with the overall friendly atmosphere of the students and the faculty.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Engineering students frequently find opportunities for summer internships or research experiences. Recent Engineering majors have held such positions at both SMC and UVM as well as in commercial businesses, and at government agencies such as NASA research centers. Current and prospective undergraduate research students in the natural sciences, math, and engineering, can find research opportunities at http://www.webguru.neu.edu/.

Well-trained engineers are in demand for high-paying jobs in every area of specialization, whether civil, mechanical, electrical, environmental, chemical or others. Graduates of our program have a strong record of satisfying job placements and professional accomplishment.

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