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.

Sample Five Year Plan for Engineering Majors*

This sample is based on the SMC-UVM 3+2 Engineering option. The overall course plan for engineering disciplines is similar, but the UVM courses vary.

First Year
Fall Spring
MA 150
Calculus I
MA 160 Calculus II
CH 110 General Chemistry I CS 109
Computer Science for Engineering
First Year Seminar EG 100
Introduction to Engineering
Liberal Studies course Liberal Studies course
ENGR 2  Graphical Communication (UVM) 
Second Year
Fall Spring
MA 211 Calculus III MA 303 Differential Equations
PY 210  Physics I   Liberal Studies course
EG 220
Statics Liberal Studies course
  Liberal Studies course    Engineering course (UVM)
Third Year
Fall Spring
MA 213  Linear Algebra  ST 220 Statistics for Engineers
  Junior Seminar
  Liberal Studies course
  Engineering course (UVM)   Engineering course (UVM) 
  Engineering course (UVM)   Engineering course (UVM) 
Fourth and Fifth Years
Fall Spring
Engineering courses at UVM Engineering courses at UVM

The sample plan above illustrates how the SMC Liberal Studies Curriculum together with the Pre-Engineering requirements can be completed during the three SMC years of the program.  There will be some variation from one student to another, depending on the level of preparation in mathematics (AP courses, for example), language placement, and the order in which LSC courses are taken. The SMC Engineering faculty advisors are fully involved in helping students plan out their individual programs.

The website for the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences provides more complete information about the UVM portion of the program and the areas of concentration available.

Sample UVM Study Plan (printer-friendly version)

* For students who enroll in the fall of 2019.

Zsuzsanna Kadas, PhD

Engineering Co-Director, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
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Jeanmarie Hall 263
Box 361
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M.S., Ph.D. Rutgers University
B.S. St. John's University

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

Professor of Physics

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Cheray Hall 112
Box 254
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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.

Barbara O'Donovan, MS

Instructor of Engineering and Mathematics & Statistics, Engineering Program Coordinator

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Jeanmarie Hall 255
Box 364
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B.S. in Mathematics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.S in Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Courses I Teach

Math for Social Justice, Calculus, Statics, Elements of Calculus, Introduction to Engineering

Areas of Expertise 

Mathematics and Engineering Education, Wind Energy Applications

I care deeply about my students’ learning and I want all students to feel capable and competent using mathematics in their everyday lives. In the classroom, I use a differentiated approach to instruction and strive to elicit higher order thinking skills to encourage students to use critical thinking to develop problem solving strategies. Being comfortable with mathematics in our ever-changing and high-tech world is essential!

Greta Pangborn, PhD

Computer Science and Information Systems Department Chair, Associate Professor of Computer Science
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Jeanmarie Hall 257
Box 363
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B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Cornell University

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 and Statistics

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Jeanmarie Hall 286
Box 369
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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

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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