Fourth engineering program approved at SU
On July 13, Shippensburg
University received approval from the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s
State System of Higher Education for a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical
The new program, offered
through College of Arts and Science’s Computer Science and Engineering
Department, will be Ship’s fourth engineering program. The department currently
offers ABET-accredited computer engineering and software engineering, as well
as an electrical engineering program that is designed to meet national academic standards.
“We are excited to offer
the first mechanical engineering degree within the State System. With the
addition of this program, we continue to meet our goal of developing new
academic programs that support the 21st century technology needs in
our region,” said Dr. Tracy Schoolcraft, acting provost and vice
president for academic affairs.
The need for mechanical engineers in Pennsylvania is expected to grow
by 8.9 percent through 2022. Ship’s program is tailored to meet these needs,
with an emphasis on computer-based modeling, simulation and design,
manufacturing processes and rapid prototyping, while maintaining the
traditional engineering focus.
“Mechanical engineers are critical to designing, managing, building,
and maintaining a diverse range of devices and systems and are vital to our
modern technological society,” said Dr. Thomas Briggs, associate professor of
computer science and engineering. “Our graduates will be well prepared to
enter the workforce and engage across a wide range of engineering professions.”
The new program will admit first-year students in fall 2018.